KISS/Revenge

This Review is for those fine folks from http://www.kissnews.net  that have been posting my Kiss reviews (good and bad) on there site!

Thanks so much…….

May 1992 Kiss comes storming back with Revenge! And for myself storming would be the word as even though I was still buying  all there releases there studio output In the 80s was questionable! Don’t believe me well check out my 3/4’s Filler Kiss Week where I tossed three Kiss albums under the bus Unmasked/Asylum and Hot In The Shade!

Now don’t think for a sec I’m a scorned ex jilted Kiss fan! Nope now for the duds  in the 80s there were some real awesome albums(Creatures Of The Night) not bad (Animalize) and some that have gotten better over time (Lick It Up). If you cruise around the site you will find some Kiss albums reviewed with more to follow!

Who know’s  what I was thinking when Kiss unleashed Revenge. I guess I just viewed it as another new Kiss album as there were already like 100 or so Studio,Live,Greatest Hits comps..haha….out there….

I was certainly surprised when Kiss along with producer Bob Ezrin stepped up and slammed one out of the  ballpark!

So Starchild,Demon,Kulick and Singer create what I would have to say is close to one of there best studio outputs ever!

Plus give props to the cover a slick looking were taking no shit kinda cover! Metallic silver menacing wall slapped with a big bad ass looking bolts with a Kiss painted black logo over it! Heavy …….

God Gave Rock N Roll To You….I Gave Tons Of Cash To Kiss!

UNHOLY-Holy Heck! Kiss 1992 sounds leaner,meaner and with the guitars doing some weird kinda backward maskimg thingy for a few seconds comes some big power chords courtesy of Stanley and Bruce Kulick! Eric Singers bass drums sound huge like cannons peeling off and could it be….say what? Simmons begins the album with his own song and it’s not a Stanley track as well it’s heavvvvy devvvvvvy! Gene sings like  he has gone overboard and is about to be committed to the looney tank and man I’m digging it and I still do all these years later! The Kiss sonics here and on this album are produced so good take a bow Mr Ezrin! Crank the video posted!

TAKE IT OFF- you didn’t think you were gonna get two Gene Tracks off the bat did Ya? Nope here’s Paulie Stanley with a real good song musically but lyrically its a throwback to 1988! You know the lyrics they go something like this ” mind is getting dirty around 11:30 Uh huh! Shake your hips yada yada toss your panties Uh huh Blah blah!” I mean yeah ok even back when Revenge came out I was 24 Kiss was just all turning 40! This song lyrically bores the tar out of me! Like I said great music,cool use of percussion and good solo but dumbo corny lyrics that shoulda stayed in the 80s!

TOUGH LOVE-now were talking Mr Stanley! A way better tune lyrically than Take It Off (haha) love the sleazy heaviness of the guitars kinda grungey but not overcooked to the point of the ‘Sound’ at the time! Love the beginning of this track were the band and especially Singer take control! The verses are real good,chorus is real good and Kulick is rocking the crap Outta his guitar! So you don’t think that I’m bullshittin ya’s crank the video posted ….

SPIT-Sleazy Simmons pulls off some real cool Spinal Tapisms  lyrically in this tune! The lyrics are goofy but it’s catchy! Singer ploughs some double bass drumming and Kulick plays a  bit of the Star Spangled Banner in his solo  and hand it to  Gene he steals Stanley’s thunder in the hokey writings of rock when thee Demon sings ‘You don’t mean Spit to Meeeeeeee!” Ha! What’s even funnier is Stanley knows this as he takes over the pre chorus vocally like Strachild is saying ‘Gene let me be a part of your 80s leftover lyric rock schlop!’

GOD GAVE ROCK N ROLL TO YOU-I heard this song a year earlier when Kiss recorded this track for the Bill And Ted Soundtrack! It’s a good song no doubt a cover tune (Argent) no less but Gene/ Paul/Bruce /Singer and late great Kiss drummer Eric Carr who  provides  the backing vocals for this song pull off this mid tempo steamer of a track! I like how the song break down almost acapella style and than ramps back up! Of course Paulie goes into his “believe in Rock n Roll” lingo and that’s ok as its May of 1992 and some bands are being kind of mopey/bummed out/strung out and hey thats  there deal and more power to em! But for me in ok with Preacher Paul ranting on for a few seconds(just a few seconds though)

DOMINO-Ahh The Demon totally steps up! This Is a great fuckin track! Love the beginning with just Kulick and Singer and Gene when he tells “you my story!” This song is possibly at any given time when someone brings up Revenge a fav Demon tune! My pal Rockin Roberts digs this tune immensely and the only Kiss he owns is a double Greatest Hits comp but it has Domino on it!  So there Ya be! Gene man totally steps up and the rest of the guys play it perfect! It’s not over done. Gene himself restrains himself and sings a chill vocal almost a throwback to his singing on theeeeeeee fabulous Creatures Of The Night release ten years earlier(1982) Kulick does a real cool solo and yeah it’s all here folks! I posted the actual video of this track(ignore the Stoopid YouTube commercial leading in) but yeah this has to be one of the best Kiss concept vids ever in my opinon. Love that the Ol Buzzard Simmons is just cruising around in a car and the other three dudes are locked up in a jam shack! There’s quick shots of Starchild playing the Demons bass..

HEART OF CHROME-good Stanley track. It’s seems he and Gene pushed each other hard on writing good hard rock material for Revenge! Great Kulick solo and drums by Singer…

THOU SHALT NOT-another stand up Simmons rocker! Great tune and Kiss 92 is firing on all 4 cylinders. Simmons knows his deal on this record and its writing rockers,good ones at that and is Simmons strongest record with material since 1982!

EVERYTIME I LOOK AT YOU-yeah ok but this song is right out of place on this album! Revenge is a big ass rock record. Look at the cover and the songs are heavy and boom this appears? Stanley goes down wimp ville and spews out this track. Hey if you like it God Bless Ya ! Not my deal man. Stanley If he had too should have written a tune like Million To One from Lick It Up! That’s the kinda track that would have worked on here!

PARALYZED-Simmons kicks the sappy Everytime I Look At You track to the curb and ramps it back up with Paralyzed! A heavy mid tempo kinda tune! Thanks Gene for picking up Stanleys lack of judgment and booting some good ol hard Rock up everyone’s ass! Singer and his drums move this song along folks..no bull …..just hard rock!

I JUST WANNA-Stanley writes a catchy heavy rock Track that kinda jingles around in the upper registers in my noggin after I listen to it….I just wanna forget yoooooooou! This is Starchilds kinda tune. I like the song the lyrics albeit kinda funny but that’s ok cause as I stated earlier there were a lot of serious rock acts out there and hey I’m a casualty from the 80s and thanks to Stanley he tosses me a life line with this song! Of course with Stanley and Simmoms tossing me a lifeline would come with a fee! Kulick lays down some decent soloing and the middle part breaks down acapella style and they pull it off….

CARR JAM 1981-Cool tribute to Eric Carr who passed away in November 1991. Carr Jam is a track that Kulick adds guitar to to pay homage for there fallen bandmember! Carr was a fantastic drummer!

IN CONCLUSION- Kiss storm back after the Blah Hot In the Shade from 1989 and just about  put out what I would consider the ultimate Kiss album it would be if Stanley hadn’t plopped that mush ….

Actually  Vinnie Vincent has a bunch of co writes on this album and I think it gave Kiss that extra boost(not that they would admit it) but when I say it’s there best album since Creature Of The Night and that Lick It Up has grown on me over the years! Whose paws were all over the playing  and writing of those two records? Yeppers Vinnie was…..

Food For Thought….

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19 thoughts on “KISS/Revenge”

  1. Excellent review, Deke. I don’t know the album at all, but I loved God Gave Rock & Roll To You back in the day! Bill & Ted put these folks om the radar, though I didn’t explore anything for a good while!

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  2. I wasn’t surprised that Kiss heavied up…in fact I was initially disappointed it wasn’t heavier! Based on “Unholy” I expected a whole album as menacing as that. But I think what we got was better.

    “Domino”…you pointed out how good it is…that’s the key track on the album I think.

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    1. Simmons totally stepped up on this record…..I Didn’t view it as a whole album that should be menacing heavy as Unholy( I do see where u coming from)I was just happy it was way better than Hot In The Shade!

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      1. YES! I remember Bruce said that Gene “got his brain back” on this record. Absolutely. For a while in the 90’s he was 100% into Kiss again and you could tell he’d been off in la-la land with Diana Ross and Cher… finally he was really contributing solid music for Kiss again.

        I knew it was a good thing when they released their very first non-makeup video, with GENE SINGING. Unhoooooly!

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      1. Yeah it’s only since I started this bloggie thing and starting listening to Kiss albums with Vincent realizing how big of key player he was….I kinda forgot about him actually,he had talent no doubt…

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  3. I remember this album from high school, lots of kids playing it everywhere I went. I had a buddy who was right into them (kinda like today, just a different buddy!) and he rocked it a lot. It sort of got stuck in my head.

    So I would visit it. I’d find a copy in a shop somewhere and say ‘hey I remember this I should buy it’ and I never have because even at used prices it’s about $8 and my CD spending dollars go other places before high school nostalgia for a band I never bought myself.

    But your review makes me think maybe, next time I see it, I oughta finally give it a spin. I remember really liking it, and you really liked it, so there’s that.

    Nice one Deke! You’ve brought this one back on the radar!

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  4. Great write-up and I agree with almost eveything you wrote.
    But here’s some thoughts:
    – I kinda like the testosterone filled lyrics to Take It Off. Sometimes those kind of lyrics just takes the edge off things. Think about it, it’s not like he’s singing unskinny bop bop bop bop.
    -Everytime I Look At You is a brilliant power ballad and it kinda breaks the mold of the record a bit. This is a heavy album so for the sake of making the record varied, this song is pivotal for the album’s outcome. It needs a breather to be able to rock properly
    – The real sore thumb here is God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You, as far as I’m concerned. I really dig the song, but it really doesn’t fit the album at all and I truly believe that if the song hadn’t become a hit, it would never have been included on this album. I think the sonics of the song makes it quite obvious that the song was recorded for something else and was included later on. But still I’m glad that the song is on the record.

    This is a killer and one of Kiss’ best releases ever, it’s up there with Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up. A classic!

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  5. Take It Off I see your point totally but like I said I was 24 at the time and had moved on from those kind of lyrics.. Great point on the ballad as well,never viewed it as that but great Observation dude ..real good…..

    I could have easily plunked Revenge in my Top 15 list instead of Rock N Roll Over. Totally agree with Creatures and Lick It Up……

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      1. Ummm I don’t rock out to Take it Off dude……my twins are 16 and my eldest is 17….. My eldest listens to hip hop and man if I got a buck for Everytime I heard Pimp or HO or Blow or pipe,bonging like Cheech and Chonging I would be rich! In other words Stanley’s lyrics are tame-o! Hahaha….wouldn’t faze Her….she thinks I’m a dinosaur anyways!

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