ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

End of the Road As Kiss embark on their End of the Road (honestly!) Tour it seems a pertinent time to delve into their catalog and check out some of the tracks that have passed us by but need our belated attention. Kiss, I think, more than most bands have a set of fans’ favorites almost cast in stone. From “Detroit Rock City” to “Love Gun” and “Black Diamond” to “Rock and Roll All Nite”…

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In Defense of Vinnie Vincent (KISSmas in July 2016)

In Defense of Vinnie Vincent (KISSmas in July 2016)

Vincent Cusano.  The spawn of two Connecticut musicians born in 1952, little Vinnie would grow up to be among the most revered musicians in the history of Rock and Pop music.  Did I say revered?  Sorry.  I meant despised.  Detested.  Loathed.  Abhorred.  Shunned?  Described as a thief, a paranoid megalomaniac, his own worst enemy, wife beater, cross dresser or collector of dog carcasses there seems to be only one positive adjective that even Vinnie‘s biggest detractors…

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Creatures Of The Night 33 Years Later

Creatures Of The Night 33 Years Later

‘Two Fisted.  To The Very End.” “I Love It Loud” was a hard song for a lifelong KISS fan to hate.  It was hard for people who hated KISS to hate.  Sure Paul Stanley hated it but he’s also the guy who wrote “Let’s Put the X In Sex”.  On October 13th, 1982 KISS released Creatures Of Night. COTN would be the last KISS album to be released on 8 track. Oh and it would…

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Keepin’ it Positive for KISSmas – Eric Carr

Keepin’ it Positive for KISSmas – Eric Carr

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 (#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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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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KISSmas In July: Ranking The KISS Album Covers

KISSmas In July: Ranking The KISS Album Covers

You have to be among the haters not to acknowledge that KISS is responsible for all time great album covers.  While the non-makeup years produced largely forgettable (Asylum) to downright bad (Animalize) covers, the make-up era is full of great examples of how a record’s cover can really enhance the experience of purchasing and listening to a record.  I spent countless hours of my youth with my headphones on scouring every inch of every KISS album cover looking for…

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