“Monster”, the 20th studio album from legendary rockers KISS, is likely to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on October 9 via Universal Music Enterprises.
KISS‘ previous CD, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.
KISS has notched eight Top 10 albums, according to Billboard.com. Its previous highest-charting set was 1998’s “Psycho Circus”, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group’s other high-charting sets include 1975’s “Alive!” (No. 9), 1977’s “Love Gun” (No. 4) and 1992’s “Revenge” (No. 6).
Described in a press release as a “12-track, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album,” “Monster” features collaborations among all four members — including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer — in an album that shows the band at the top of its game.
“Monster” track listing (iTunes version):
01. Hell Or Hallelujah
02. Wall Of Sound
04. Back To The Stone Age
05. Shout Mercy
06. Long Way Down
07. Eat Your Heart Out
08. The Devil Is Me
09. Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance
13. Right Here Right Now
A 30-second commercial for “Monster” can be seen below.
“Monster” was also produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins at Conway Studios in Hollywood, California, and The Nook in Studio City, California.
“Monster” represents KISS‘ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to their own beginnings with THE WHO-like “Freak”, while Gene lives up to the title track’s declaration on the raucous rock of “Back To The Stone Age” and the bludgeoning “The Devil is Me”. Even guitarist Thayer takes a turn on his own with “Outta This World”. a tribute to his KISS “spaceman” character, while drummer Singer provides the vocals (and the back story) for the arena anthem “All For The Love Of Rock Roll”.
“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album,” promises Gene Simmons. “The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized this band, with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We’re going where no bands have gone before.”
“Hell Or Hallelujah” official lyric video: