KISS releases its 20th album, Monster, on October 16. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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The first single from Monster, "Hell or Hallelujah," was released on July 2 and immediately rocketed to the top of the charts, debuting at No. 1 on iTunes Top Rock Songs in the U.S. and four other countries. The rest of Monster will sound much like classic KISS, says singer Gene Simmons, who has described it as a mix of the band's last album, 2009's Sonic Boom, as well as previous releases Destroyer and Revenge. The A&E reality star also told UGO.com that it was "meat and potatoes. You know it's going to be like Santa Claus. Up and down, everybody gets used to this and that, and things change, and fashion changes, but it's good to know that Santa comes, and he's not going to change his outfit and you know what you're going to get: gifts. Consistency of message."
But Monster is also a taste of where KISS' sound is headed, adds guitarist and singer Paul Stanley. "When we did Sonic Boom, it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?'" he said in an interview with VH1. "So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and Monster is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of Sonic Boom and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS."
And after nearly 40 years as one of the most successful rock bands, classic KISS is probably not such a bad idea.
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