Conversation with Scott Van Zen – Ep280

Conversation with Scott Van Zen – Ep280

Guitarist and KISS co-writer Scott Van Zen sits down with the guys this week for a long-form talk about his life, guitar playing, and the experience of writing with our favorite demon, Gene Simmons. In this hour-plus discussion, Scott talks about his early years in central California. Inspired by a wide cross-section of guitarists ranging from Jeff Beck to Johnny Winter to Ted Nugent to Eddie Van Halen; Scott Van Zen worked his way through…

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KISSmas in July: Studio Albums Ranked (#10-#1)

KISSmas in July: Studio Albums Ranked (#10-#1)

Part 2! If you didn’t read part one you can read it here. I’m going to start this post off very similarly to the last one. First I’d like to note that these are strictly my opinions as a fan and not as a critic. If this was being done as a critic then the list would be almost completely different. Secondly these are a reflection of my opinions and not that of Decibel Geek,…

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Keepin’ it positive for KISSmas – Eric Singer

Keepin’ it positive for KISSmas – Eric Singer

Hey there, and a very Happy KISSmas in July! Just in case you’ve wandered in here by mistake, KISS is a huge band, commanding a huge and devoted following. Most fans have favourite eras and line-ups and enjoy them regardless, but for some arguing about who & what is best seems to take up most of their time. Personally, I just like the music, and the performance, in and of itself, no matter what era…

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KISSmas In July: Studio Albums Ranked (#20-#11)

KISSmas In July: Studio Albums Ranked (#20-#11)

This is my first time doing something like this, ranking a bands albums and giving my reasons in the rankings, but I’ve been looking forward to doing something like this for about a year. Initially I had planned Judas Priest to be the first band whose albums I’d rank, but to celebrate Decibel Geek‘s KISSmas in July I jumped at the chance to do this with KISS albums. First I’d like to note that these are…

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Five Albums You Never Heard That You Should

Five Albums You Never Heard That You Should

  I’m an album guy.  A great song is a great song but a great album is a life changer.  If you have AC/DC’s “You Shook Me” in your mp3 player but have never heard the album Back In Black from beginning to end I can comfortably say your life has been a waste up to this point.  A great album has a flow.  It is littered with peaks and valleys.  It takes you on…

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Albums Unleashed – KISS Carnival of Souls Pt 1 w/Toby Wright-Ep #179

Albums Unleashed – KISS Carnival of Souls Pt 1 w/Toby Wright-Ep #179

We wanted to get into something polarizing and divisive this week. Mission accomplished… Famed producer Toby Wright sits down with Chris and Aaron this week for part 1 of a 2 part Albums Unleashed special covering KISS’ 1997 release Carnival of Souls. Shelved in early 1996 by Mercury Records due to KISS taking a left turn at Reunionville, Carnival of Souls leaked shortly thereafter and was bootlegged in large numbers necessitating an official release in…

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