KISS – Creatures of the Night

KISS – Creatures of the Night [Remastered] (1997, Mercury Records/Casablanca Records)
Original Release: (1982, Casablanca Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Creatures of the Night” … 4:02
2. “Saint and Sinner” … 4:49
3. “Keep Me Comin'” … 3:55
4. “Rock and Roll Hell” … 4:12
5. “Danger” … 3:56
6. “I Love It Loud” … 4:15
7. “I Still Love You” … 6:06
8. “Killer” … 3:19
9. “War Machine” … 4:13

Paul Stanley – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Gene Simmons – Lead Vocals, Bass, Guitar (“War Machine”)
Ace Frehley – Guitar (credited, but did not play)
Eric Carr – Drums, Bass (“I Still Love You”)

(Uncredited) Additional Musicians:
Vinnie Vincent – Guitar (“Saint and Sinner”, “Keep Me Comin'”, “Killer”, “War Machine”), Backing Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitar (“Danger”)
Robben Ford – Guitar (“Rock and Roll Hell” and “I Still Love You”)
Adam Mitchell – Guitar (“Creatures of the Night”)
Steve Farris – Guitar (“Creatures of the Night”)
Jimmy Haslip – Bass (“Danger”)

Produced by: Michael James Jackson, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

One of my favorite KISS albums found the band playing at their heaviest. This is not hard rock, this is not glam rock, this is pure heavy metal, as far as I’m concerned. The album opens strong with “Creatures of the Night” and only takes a breather for KISS’ best power ballad, “I Still Love You”.

The music is loud and fast and I don’t think Paul’s voice had ever sounded better than it does on this album. “Keep Me Comin'” and “I Still Love You” are fantastic vocal performances by the Starchild.

I don’t think KISS has ever turned in a “bad” album, but they did at times suffer from filler. There is no filler here. Every song is like a punch in the face and as much as I love the band’s pop-metal direction for the rest of the 80s, I would’ve loved to have seen this heavier sound continue as well.

Highlights: Everything

Posted on October 18, 2008, in Collection, KISS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It’s not necessarily my all-time favorite, but I would have to say that by all rights, I think this is the absolute best KISS album from the 80s.

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