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Update 6/24/2018 8:19PM ET: Sources are reporting that someone close to the Abbott family are telling TMZ that Vinnie died from a Major heart Attack. Loudwire reached out to his management and this is the statement they released:

We have no knowledge of who spoke with TMZ.
Whoever spoke to them did so on their own and not
based on any factual information or authorization
from Vinnie’s family or Pantera management.

Our official statement remains:
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul passed away on Friday, June 22.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are currently available.
When they are, an updated official statement will be released.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Thank you for your query.


180623013401-vinnie-paul-pantera-super-teaseI am still not quite sure what words I need to say to express the utter shock that the rock/metal world and I are in after the news broke of the passing of Former Pantera/Damageplan/Heallyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. At first, I had to do a search online to find out if this was one of those fake articles that are always posted on Facebook when it says a celebrity has died. CNN, the new site confirmed for me that Vinnie Paul born Vincent Paul Abbott died at the age of 54 years old. We still at this time do not know what the cause of death is, but what we do know is that he is finally reunited with his brother Dimebag Darrell. Vinnie along with his brother Dimebag were the co-founders of the groove metal band Pantera who dominated the metal scene with the release of Cowboys From Hell in 1990 and they continued to dominate with albums like Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven until the band broke up in 2002. They went on to start a new band in Damageplan releasing their only album in 2004 entitled New Found Power and toured with the act until the death of his brother in December of 2004.

getty638images-115361519jpgVinnie had taken some time off from the music scene releasing the home video collection Dimevision, Vol. 1 in 2006 as well as a never before heard collaboration album with Country music legend David Allen Coe entitled Rebel Meets Rebel. He didn’t get back in the studio until 2007 when he officially became a member of the supergroup Hellyeah which featured Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla to record the self titled debut album. Together the band would release five albums with the latest Unden!able coming out in 2016. It is said that Vinnie has laid down drum tracks for an upcoming album, but it is not known yet what will become of that album as of this time. The band however has released a statement with Tom Maxwell saying, “Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place. Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close. Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.” Fellow musicians and other celebrities have come out to pay tribute to one of the greatest drummers of the modern era. There is a lot more tributes online and on Twitter, but the ones below are just some of them. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul (1964-2018)

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I forgot to take this opportunity some time ago to post this week’s Cover Of The Week, but it was lost in the shuffle until now. This week’s Cover Of The Week belongs to the spaceman Ace Frehley who recently released the album Origins Vol. 1 which also happens to be a covers record. What is so significant about this record is that not only did it a land a spot in the top 25 of The Billboard Top 200 charts, it also features a track that is the first time in 18 years that he has worked with Paul Stanley of Kiss. The track on the album is called Fire And Water which was originally a Free track. The song is amazing and it reminds you exactly what was great about Kiss in the first place which was the voice (Stanley) and the guitar God (Frehley) together on one track. Check out the track below and pick up the album which is available everywhere.

kissThis week’s choice for album of the week is probably a poor choice in most of the minds of most Kiss fans, but Kiss’s seventh studio album Dynasty is my favorite record. It has a sentimental place in my heart as it was the first Kiss record that made me fall in love with the band seeing their painted faces on the cover. It’s also the first time that the whole band did not play collectively on a Kiss record. There are some tracks on the record that do not feature the original lineup all together. For one, Peter Criss is only one one track while for most of the album it’s Paul Stanley (Vocals/Guitars), Gene Simmons (Bass/Vocals), Ace Frehley (Guitars/Vocals), and Anton Fig (Drums). Producer Vini Poncia apparently did not like Peter Criss’s playing during the sessions so Fig was brought in. Paul Stanley reflects saying, “On Dynasty, Peter was pretty much out of commission, so I wouldn’t point to it as a classic Kiss album.” As far as success of the album goes, it definitely brought Kiss back to the top as it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 charts (it stayed on the charts for 25 weeks) and the album went platinum.

Kiss-Dynasty-Back-Cover-427741. I Was Made For Loving You– My favorite Kiss song of all time and coincidentally the one track every accuses of being too Disco like. It was the band’s second Gold Single in their history and a great live staple. 5/5

2. 2,000 Man– Ace showing his love for rock and roll and The Rolling Stones with this cover. Ace performs every instrument on the track expect Drums. 4.5/5

3. Sure Know Something– Gene’s funky bass riff leads the track forward in this disco rock like track. 4.5/5

4. Dirty Livin– The only track on the album that features Peter Criss on drums and vocals on the track and it’s actually a really good rock track with a cool bass riff. 4/5

5. Charisma– One of two tracks on the album that Gene Simmons sings on and this one is a charging, driving track, but I’m not a fan of his vocals on this one. 3/5

kiss-dynasty-126. Magic Touch– Obviously a track about a woman who is very good sexually. Paul’s vocals are amazing as usual on this very Paul Stanley-esque Kiss track. What I mean by that is you can tell Paul wrote the song. 4/5

7. Hard Times– A driving rock anthem by the spaceman Ace Frehley about growing up in the rough streets of New York. 4/5

8. X-Ray Eyes– The other Gene Simmons track which is rocking and his vocals are a lot better than the last track he sang on and it’s a track that focuses on seeing through the lies and all the troubles in relationships. 4/5

9. Save Your Love– The third Frehley track on the album and the last song on the album and not one of the best. It has a cool rock riff, but the lyrics are OK. 3/5

My Final Thoughts– Despite a couple of tracks on the record, it is still one of my favorite Kiss records ever. It was a rough era for Kiss at this point as Peter Criss would eventually exit the band and then Ace Frehley would follow eventually. The album has some highlights to it and is definitely under appreciated. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.


Original Kiss Promo Poster 

afiAFI (A Fire Inside) is one of my favorite bands out there in the punk scene so when I saw the headline AFI and No Doubt plus the word Supergroup, I was like what? So, apparently since AFI are done with their touring cycle for the 2013 amazing album Burials, Davey Havok has foudn a way to keep himself busy as he teams with the remaining members of No Doubt in Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young. The members of No Doubt are not doing anything considering that Gwen Stefani is busy doing The Voice and she is also busy with her new solo album which comes out in March. So, I am wondering exactly what in the world is this going to sound like as you take a punk rocker and mix him with some Ska Punks. I am definitely going to be paying attention to this, but as of right now the band is searching for a label to shop their already written record. So, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available to us.

Scott-Ian-Phil-Anselmo1Last month we saw a huge backlash after disgraced vocalist Phil Anselmo made some anti-Semitic gestures during Dimebash 2016 which include a 11 minute scolding from Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, being kicked off of several festivals, and even a backlash from the metal community as well. Phil even wrote a letter telling the members of Down to continue on without him as he was ashamed for what he did. Well, now longtime Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the situation basically saying that Phil deserves to be forgiven “if he proves that he deserves to be.” He went on to say, “Just asking to be forgiven doesn’t mean you should be forgiven. And I’ve had a running dialogue with Phil since this happened. It’s not like I just posted something online without actually speaking to my friend. I’ve been having a dialogue back and forth with him. ‘Cause if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t have contacted him at all. But I cared. Phil, I’ve known the dude almost thirty years. He’s like a brother; he’s family. And when someone in your family has a problem, you discuss it and you try and find a solution.” Ian elaborates even further, “My attitude towards the whole thing was, to me, silence is complicity. If you don’t say something about something like this, then you’re condoning it, and I can’t condone that in any way, shape or form. It’s not okay in any world, let alone the metal world, to do these kind of things in any type of context, because words are too powerful, especially Phil Anselmo’s words, because there’s too many impressionable people out there who listen to every f—ing thing that dude says.” What do you think, is Scott Ian right? You be the judge!

original_demandheaderNow that Nikki Sixx is no longer with Motley Crue, he has a lot of free time, but don’t worry because he already has something going. Sixx: A.M. has new music in the works and the band plans to tour in 2016, but there’s a catch with that. You see the band posted a bunch of cities that they can stop through and it’s up to you the fans to decide where they will stop. The cities with the most votes will more likely be added to the tour queue. Here are the cities:

Memphis, Tenn.
Chicago, Ill.
Louisville, Ky.
Bethlehem, Pa.
Charleston, W.V.
Hartford, Conn.
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Norfolk, Va.
Nashville, Tenn.
Madison, Wis.
Little Rock, Ark.
Richmond, Va.
Baltimore, Md.
Raleigh, N.C.
Lansing, Mich.
Des Moines, Iowa
Knoxville, Tenn.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Columbia, S.C.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Sayreville, N.J.
Rochester, N.Y.
Mobile, Ala.
Baton Rouge, La.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Buffalo, N.Y.
Jackson, Miss.
Providence, R.I.
Springfield, Mo

To vote for your city, please visit this site.

ad5726b8-121e-48fa-8497-ce6cb10dc21d1This next piece of news is one that I do not know how to interpret. If you are a fan of rock group Kiss, the one thing you want to see more than anything else is a reunion of the original members of the band. Well, there is news out there will make you think as Ace Frehley, the Spaceman announced that he is releasing a new album which is a covers record. Where’s the part that makes you think you ask? Well, Paul Stanley, the starchild is on this album as he sings a track. Boom, are you thinking now? The album is called Origins Vol. 1 and Stanley plays on the cover of Free’s Fire And Water. The album also features Slash (Thin Lizzy’s Emerald), Lita Ford (The Troggs Wild Thing), John 5 (Jimi Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic and Kiss’s Parasite), and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready (Kiss’s Cold Gin). Ace will be heading out on tour soon, so check out some tour dates here and check out the full track listing below:

Ace Frehley, ‘Origins Vol. 1′ Track Listing:

1. “White Room” (Cream)
2. “Street Fighting Man” (Rolling Stones)
3. “Spanish Castle Magic” (Jimi Hendrix) feat. John 5
4. “Fire and Water” (Free) feat. Paul Stanley
5. “Emerald” (Thin Lizzy) feat. Slash
6. “Bring It On Home” (Led Zeppelin)
7. “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) feat. Lita Ford
8. “Parasite” (KISS) feat. John 5
9. “Magic Carpet Ride” (Steppenwolf)
10. “Cold Gin” (KISS) feat. Mike McCready
11. “Till The End of the Day” (Kinks)
12. “Rock and Roll Hell” (KISS)

Dee vs PaulWe have a new fight amongst us and it’s so fresh that I couldn’t resist reporting on this one. This When Metal Bands Fight Dee Snider Vs Paul Stanley. If you don’t know who they are, Paul Stanley is the lead singer/guitarist of Kiss whiel Dee Snider was the lead singer for Twisted Sister. The fight started sometime in the past week or so when Dee Snider went on Eddie Trunk’s radio show and voiced his opinion about Kiss and the fact that Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer wear the make up and costumes of former Kiss members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He said, “Oh, my God — that’s disgraceful. When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters.” So, those were the first shots that were fired and of course you knew that Paul Stanley was going to be asked about it. Paul went on the I Am Jericho Podcast with Chris Jericho and Jericho asked him about Dee’s comments and he said, “Let me put it in the simplest terms. In this case, this guy is a wannabe, has always been a wannabe and desperately wants attention and to be taken seriously and that will never happen because he’s obviously clueless to the fact that he and his whole band are a bunch of buffoons.”

Ouch those are some pretty harsh words from Stanley, but like clockwork Dee took to Facebook tonight where he responded to Paul with a letter. Here is what he said in his letter:

A letter to Paul Stanley of Kiss in response to comments about Twisted Sister and myself he made on a recent Chris Jericho podcast.

Dear Paul, September 9th, 2015

First off, thanks for giving me the attention I—as you noted– so desperately wanted.

Now, I’ve always had nothing but respect for your band, and you as a performer, but it really comes as no surprise that the feeling isn’t mutual. For some reason you are oddly threatened by me. This said, your recent comments about my band and I on Chris Jericho’s podcast was a typical diversionary tactic used in an attempt to change the subject, rather than answer the actual accusation or question. It’s the oldest interviewing trick in the book.

As far as my “whole band being a bunch of buffoons” goes, that’s a pretty ironic statement coming from you. The argument could easily be made that Kiss is the “king of the buffoons”, so in an odd way you’ve paid Twisted Sister quite a compliment. It takes one to know one.

Lastly, on the subject of me being a “wannabe”? Do you really think so? Well then…any time, any stage. But let’s do this old school –no costumes, no pyro, no bullshit – let’s just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son.

Sincerely, the attention getting, wannabe, lead buffoon of Twisted Sister,

Dee Snider

PS: Did I mention that I’m clean, sober, razor sharp and fully capable of defending myself from any kind of lame attack? Just ask Al Gore.

Now I can’t say that I don’t blame Dee Snider for his original comments because a lot of people have voiced that opinion like myself. He just may have caught Paul in a bad time or Paul was just sick of hearing it. Like I said before, those were some pretty harsh words from the Starchild himself. The question now is whether Paul will respond to the comments or will he just blow it off. We’ll just have to wait and see, but stay tuned here for more as it comes. What do you guys think?

philI want to start by wishing every a happy and safe cinco de Mayo as you kick back on some Coronas while checking out Rock and Metal News. Our first piece of news involves the estranged drummer of AC/DC Phil Rudd who speaks out for the very first time since pleading guilty to various charges. The drummer spoke with Australia’s A Current Affair about how he tried to get a hold of Angus Young, “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus … I’ve had no contact with anybody.” He also talks about the situation that put him in his current predicament, “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back here and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch — it was a total f–king disaster. So I was really pissed off.” Rudd is sitting at home awaiting his sentencing which takes place on June 26TH and his band is on the road with Chris Slade. When they ask him about he simply says, “I’m sure they’re having a great old time. I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great. I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.” You can check out the full video for yourself here.

Jonas-Akerlund-630x420One of the most interesting stories ever in the history of Black Metal music is the story of the band Mayhem which unfortunately superseded their music. You know they are the band whose singer Per “Dead” Ohlin committed suicide only to see Euronymous (the co-founder of the band) cook his brains and eat it. Then after that, bassist Varg Vikernes stabs him to death and goes to jail for the crimes. Are you still with me? Well, now the legend of the band has reached Hollywood and it is going on to the big screen as Jonas Akerlund will be directing Lords Of Chaos. Akerland, you may remember as one of the members of Bathory in the 1980’s and you may remember him as the director of music videos for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Hollywood Undead, and Rammstein. So far all we know is that Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the film, but they may have a detractor in current Mayhem member Necrobutcher who says, “This book Lords of Chaos is f—ing crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK. I will do everything I can to stop this film … Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go f— themselves.” Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

nikki tweetIf you’re like me then you were enough of a sucker to pay $100 to watch the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao dance contest that was supposed to be a boxing match (The fight of the century that is). Well, Nikki Sixx and Paul Stanley had some words for the abomination that was that night. Nikki took to Twitter with several tweets showing his support for Manny like this one, “Always root for the underdog in life, in music, and tonight in the ring #MannyPacquiao.” He followed that one with, “I believe that if Mayweather would FIGHT and not run away from #MannyPacquiao Manny would of crushed him. #BORING.” He gets even more upset with his next tweet, “I paid 100.00 to watch Mayweather run around in circle’s for 12 rounds. He got a 100 million and we got a track meet. #BORING.” Paul Stanley’s issue was with someone else during the telecast of the fight and to be honest I had an issue with it as well. Jamie Foxx was asked to sing the national anthem and here is what Paul Stanley tweeted out, “JESUS!! How about all singers agreeing if you DON’T want to sing the National Anthem as it was written YOU WON’T SING IT! What was THAT?!?..” I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Unfortunately that is what you get when you watch a fight that involves Floyd Mayweather, but word has it that he is offering to fight Manny once again, but I may decline to watch that when it comes around next year (if it does). 

Metal Hammer Magazine has announced who will be on their cover for issue number 270 and it is the mighty Slayer. The trash metal titans return to the cover and to tell their story in the newest issue. They will talk about the brand new record as well as touching on former drummer Dave Lombardo and life after the death of Jeff Hanneman. The issue will also feature articles on Motörhead, King Parrot, Steel Panther, Coal Chamber, and so many more. Check out the cover below:



















stay-sick-it-lives-it-breathes-620x620Have you ever wondered what happens to people after certain roles in iconic horror films like Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth? Well, I have an update on one person from the film who was recently signed to Chris Fronzak of Attila’s record label Stay Sick Recordings in the band It Breathes It Lives. You may remember Kevin Bernhardt as the actor that played cocky club owner J.P. Monroe in Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth. You know he’s the guy that purchases that that totem poll looking thing that houses the S&M freak Pinhead and then let’s him out. Well, now he is in a band and I don’t know what to make of them at all. I’ll let you be the judge of what you think of the band and whether it was a smart move for Fronzak. Check out the band’s music video for the song Independence Day right here

9For those of you wondering what life after Motley Crue is going to be like for some of the members should not fear because one has already made up his mind regarding the future and I support it. Nikki Sixx states that when Motley Crue is done playing the final song of their illustrious career, he will never play another Motley Crue song ever again. In an interview with, he states, “A lot of times, I see people try and do ‘the next thing’ and it’s just kind of the same as the other. [If that were me] I’d think, ‘Well, why not just do Motley Crue?’ But why would I do another version of Motley Crue? Sixx: A.M. is completely different musically, spiritually, emotionally, visually…and that gives me pride. The people who are coming to see us, are coming to see Sixx: A.M. We don’t play Motley Crue music and we never will play Motley Crue music. The day Motley Crue plays its last show, I will never play another Motley Crue song again…even if it’s one I wrote. To be respectful to Motley Crue is the biggest gift I can give to fans.” I am a huge supporter of this decision because Sixx: A.M. is such an amazing band that deserves their time to shine in the light as much as the Crue does. He goes on to say, “I’m loving finishing off the Motley Crue stuff, but my expectations are high for Sixx: A.M.. The first thing we have to do is take it around the world and play in front of everybody. Then we have to release the right fourth record and just go out there and do it. My expectations are that we are an arena band.” Expect that album and world tour to happen in 2016 according to Nikki Sixx.
Golden-Gods-2014-4114“We were going to see the Foo Fighters later that night and maybe get some Super Bowl t-shirts for friends and family back home. Exiting the apartment, we ran smack-dab into a very famous actor. Being as this was an almost private street, we simply nodded to him and kept on our way, not wanting to intrude on his private life. Ed commented that the actor had been clean for something like 23 years, but he’d heard that he’d recently started using again. Should we turn around and offer to take the guy for a coffee? As I said, keeping sober is a group effort. We trudged through the cold, discussing the matter.” That is how one of the passages in Duff McKagan’s new book titled How To Be A Man starts when he is talking about seeing a famous actor right before they died. Due to timeline, we are all suspecting that he is taking about Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but out of respect he will not mention names other than the fact he was hanging out with Jerry Cantrell and another friend named Ed who were all clean and sober. He continues, “Later that afternoon, when we came back, we saw the actor in the street again and could tell that he was waiting to score. Should we offer our friendship and a safe place? This is sometimes the dilemma for sober guys — as we all know, you can’t force a guy to get sober. He has to come around to it himself. We went back into the apartment.” He would once again run into the actor at 1:30 in the morning saying, “We thought that maybe he was on a last run before getting clean,” says McKagan. “Surely if we saw him again in the morning, we’d have to say something. Bro, c’mon. We’ve been there. Come on out of the cold. We understand. We’ve been there. Really. We’ve been there.” He ends it by saying, “The next morning, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, the morning of the Super Bowl, I heard a ruckus outside our front door. I went out to take a look. There was an ambulance and police and a whole crowd of press people and fans. The actor had OD’d and died sometime after we saw him at 1:30AM the night before. The three of us gathered in the kitchen of the apartment. We were stunned. We’ve been through this before with friends, and friends of friends, but I’ll never get used to it. Sure, none of us knew the actor personally, but he was one of us. The three of us understood that we could, at any time, be just one small and easy step from being the guy out there on the street waiting for the dealer to show. When guys like us witness something like this go down, it makes you take stock of where you are at in your sobriety.”
Fear-FactoryA lot of people have been wondering why Matt DeVries (Ex-Chimaira), the now former Fear Factory bassist left the band and why Tony Campos (Formerly of Static-X and Soulfly) has joined the band. Well, he answers that by issuing a statement for all of the fans, “For those that haven’t already heard, I’ve decided to step down as bass player of Fear Factory. The main reason being to simply take some time off of the road and focus on my kids. I couldn’t think of anyone better to take my place then Tony Campos. He’s a good friend and great bass player! Thank you to all Fear Factory fans. You guys have been amazing and made the past three years a blast! Thank you as well to Dino, Burt, and Mike for a great ride, and some memorable / incredible shows! None of which could have happened without our amazing road crew, Wedge, Jerry, Justin, Sarah… you guys rule! Music is my passion, so this won’t be the last time you see me.” Fear Factory also issued a statement of their own saying, “We’re really sad to see Matt Devries go, but we totally respect his decision. The past 3 plus years have been beyond amazing. We’ve known Matt for a very long time and we’ve gone through allot together so we will always be friends. We wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.” The band’s first gig with Tony Campos will be at The Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada the day after he finishes a gig with Ministry.

People are always wondering when did the supergroup craze begin and was this more of a 21ST Century kind of deal? One of the earliest supergroups that I can remember was Asia which was formed in 1981 as it featured members of four different progressive rock groups forming the all star band of Progressive rock. For Wes Craven’s 1989 film Shocker, an all star group of pop rock kind of formed for a one off deal for the horror film’s soundtrack. The band was made up of Paul Stanley of Kiss and Desmond Child on Vocals, Vivian Campbell (at the time he was Ex-Dio and ex-Whitesnake) on guitar, Guy Mann-Dude on Guitar, Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake/Quiet Riot) on bass, Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) on drums, and backing vocals by Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) which he also makes a cameo in the film as the buff construction worker. If you ask me this is one hell of a supergroup that they had on their hands. The song is actually pretty good even though it sounds so much like the 80’s, but you got to love it. Desmond Child is actually a really good singer as he keeps up with the talented and my favorite member of Kiss in Paul Stanley. Check out the song below and check out the film as well, I thought it was pretty good. The film stars Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, and so many more in this action packed horror flick.

kissLast week, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and to honor that I have decided to review a Kiss album for the album of the week. What better of a choice to review than the one that started it all for the band that would go on one hell of a rollercoaster ride to the top. The album was released on February 18, 1974 via Casablanca Records which means it’s celebrating it’s 40TH anniversary this year.  Even though it’s Paul Stanley (Vocals, Guitar), Gene Simmons (Bass, Vocals), Ace Frehley (Guitar), and Peter Criss (Drums) first album together, most of the songs were already written when Paul and Gene were in Wicked Lester. The album was produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise and Gene claims that the album took three weeks to record and mix while Wise says that it only took 13 days. Since the band has stated on numerous occasions that The Beatles were a huge inspiration, they modeled their album cover after With The Beatles album. The album peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Pop charts while the album was certified Gold based on having shipped 500,000 copies to stores (that is how they figured out how many albums you sold before the Soundscan era).

The Makeup Schemes

The Makeup Schemes

The iconic drum fill from the uptempo rock classic Strutter opens up the record and it also a track that was written before Ace joined the group. In fact, Paul Stanley wrote the track based on a song Gene had written before in a different band. If you want to get strange for a second, the next track Nothin’ To Lose is a track about a boyfriend trying to coercing his girlfriend into anal sex only to discover that she really enjoys it. Firehouse is the next track on the record and it was a track that Paul Stanley wrote in high school while listening to The Move’s Fire Brigade. Cold Gin is one of the most iconic tracks that Ace Frehley wrote that he never sang. Ace was insecure about his vocal abilities so he gave the song away for Gene to sing. The track is about how cold gin can keep men sexually active. Let Me Know is the track that Paul Stanley wrote and played when he first met Gene Simmons and it’s a track where both Gene and Paul share vocal duties and it has a bridge and a instrumental Coda. Kissin Time is Kiss’s cover of a Bobby Rydell song. The song wasn’t on the original pressing of the record, but it was rather recorded later on by request of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart. Bogart had recognized that the original release of the record was not a commercial success as he had hoped so he figured f the band covered this catchy tune, it would help raise sales which it did.

kiss logoWhen Gene Simmons recorded Deuce, he says he simply copied the bass line from The Rolling Stones track Bitch and played it backwards. Ace has stated his love for Deuce in the past and why when he said, “they said, ‘We’re going to play you a song for you to listen to, and then try playing along — it’s in the key of ‘A’. They played [“Deuce”] as a three-piece. I thought, ‘That’s easy enough,’ so I got up and wailed for four minutes playing lead work over it.” Love Theme From Kiss is a shortened instrumental version of a Wicked Lester track Acrobat. 100,000 Years starts with a bass riff by Gene before the rest of the band comes in with the bluesy heavy rock riffs. It’s my least favorite Kiss song ever. Black Diamond is the greatest Kiss song ever!!! The song starts with Paul singing the first verse which is accompanied by a 12 string acoustic guitar arrangement and when he finally yells “Hit It”, the band explodes onto your speakers and Peter Criss takes over on vocals. As I stated above, this is the album that started it all for Kiss and I am so proud that they were able to look past their differences for the rock hall induction in Brooklyn last week. They are definitely one of the greatest hard rock groups of all time. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

File:Asylum album cover.jpgThis was one of the first Kiss albums that I ever owned in my life when my Mom bought it for me at a flea market on cassette along with Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time. It’s still one of my all time favorite albums and I can remember the music videos for each song because of the Kiss Exposed DVD. It’s the 13TH studio album by Kiss and the first album to feature Bruce Kulick as a guitarist and he is the third to play in Kiss at the time since Ace Frehley had left the band. The line up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, and Eric Carr would be a staple of the 80’s right up until Eric Carr’s death. If you look at the album cover above, you’ll notice that the lipstick matches the colors on the Kiss solo albums in the late 70’s with the position each one played in the band. Red for Simmons, Purple for Stanley, Blue for Kulick, and Green for Carr.

asylum 2Eric Carr is arguably one of the best drummers Kiss ever had in the group and he flexes his muscles in the beginning of King Of The Mountain, the opening track on the record. It’s a straight up rock song with Paul on vocals and I have to say that Kulicks solo is pretty amazing. Any Way You Slice It is a hard charging rocker that Gene simmons takes full command over with his typical sleaziness with lyrics like “I know you wanna cross the border and you know the doctor’s orders. Well it’s better late than never, can’t stay innocent forever.” Who Wants To Be Lonely is one of my favorite tracks on the album with it’s hip shaking sleaze groovin rock asking the question why would anyone want to be lonely? Trial by Fire has a very similar guitar beat in the beginning to it like Joan Jett’s I Love Rock And Roll and then it starts to sound similar to the beat on Lick It Up when Gene Simmons begins to sing. It’s not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s not bad. I’m Alive is next and the song rips right from the get go as the band flexes their musical muscles. Love’s A Deadly Weapon is very similar to the last track where  it’s a fast paced guitar style, but unfortunately not one of my favorites. 

asylumTears Are Falling was the only radio single ever released and marketed as a single off the album and it’s also one of the few songs that is solely written by Paul Stanley only. The track peaked at number 20 on the Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also happens to be my favorite song on the record and it made me want to be Paul Stanley or to at least have his voice. Secretly Cruel steals a page from classic Kiss with it’s bluesy rock beats and cool lyrics from Gene. Radar For Love is another track that Kiss flexes their blues ability, but this time with the master Paul Stanley on vocals and it’s one of many tracks that Desmond Child co-wrote on the record. Uh! All Night is a classic sleaze filled track by Kiss that everyone loves and of course what do you think the song is about? The music video for the track was very cool with them travelling into a den full of women. Like I said it was one of the first Kiss albums that I ever bought and so it has sentimental value to me, but I am going to give it 3.5 stars out of five.