Okay, hear me out! Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check out the new KISS record, Monster. I had low expectations and was expecting Cheesefest 2012 and, yes, there are plenty of cheesy moments, but Monster is pretty sweet. The opener “Hell Or Hallelujah” has a killer guitar riff (think Aerosmith meets Zeppelin). They keep up the momentum throughout the album with other fun rockers like: “Wall Of Sound” and “Back To The Stone Age.” KISS didn’t reinvent the wheel on this album. Instead, they just kind of rediscovered it by cutting out outside writers, orchestras, ballads and by recording on analog. It sounds great! The band really gets back to its roots. Monster is a fun rock record and is really catchy. Turn it on and I dare you not start head banging. I will even go as far as to say that this is the best KISS album since 1977’s Love Gun. It might be KISS’s best record since Destroyer. All in all, it a great time for those you who want to rock and roll all night and party every day.
Essential Tracks: “Hell Or Hallelujah” & “Wall Of Sound”