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Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Paul Stanley, Hardrock, Rock, News, Video, Free

Not only that after many years Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley can be heard playing together one song, now they also released a video for "Fire and Water". I think, it's an interesting title, since it seems very much like 'fire and water' can go together. The tune is a great Free cover version that sounds really good. But check it out yourself.

By the waym that title is from Frehley's latest release "Origins Vol. 1".


CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Lita Ford, Retro Rock, Slash

(8/10) Guitar wizard Ace Frehley took a bunch of songs that influenced him and his style, recorded his version of those classics and put them on a new album entitled "Origins Vol. 1". The immediate question is, if there will be more of these releases in the future, a question we can't answer.

Anyhow, Ace Frehley took songs from various bands, beginning with Cream and The Kinks, via the Stones up to Thin Lizzy. An interesting sidenote is the fact that Frehley has chosen "Magic Carpet Ride" from Steppenwolf, instead of playing safe with "Born to be Wild". Good choice.

Surprising or not, there are with "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Rock'n'Roll Hell" also three Kiss tracks on this release. Each of these classics is more than just covering these milestones in rock history, they all bear the hallmarks of Ace Frehley. It's his rocking and unique guitar sound combined with his typical vocals that makes the twelve tracks to 'Frehley songs'. 

But what is really interesting on this longplayer is Frehley and Paul Stanley performing one song together ("Fire and Water" from Free). It is the first time in 18 years that these two legendary sixstringers can be heard on one song.

Next to the mentioned collaboration with Paul Stanley, Frehley also teamed-up with Slash for performing Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Lita Ford joins with guitar and vcoals on "Wild Thing" while John 5 can be heard on "Parasite" (check out the guitar solo!), all produced in a way that keeps the old spirit by using modern technics.

All in all "Origins Vol. 1" isn't more than an album with covers, but it belongs the really good ones. For older fans, this album is almost a kind of musical time capsule while it might be the trigger for younger fans to dive into a time they never experienced. Cool stuff and the right soundtrack for long rockin' summer nights.





1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell
(Kiss) 6:32


Label: Stemmhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Lita Ford

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release a new album on April 15th which comes with 12 new recorded cover songs that are all favorites of the iconic guitarist.

Remarkable in this context is the long list of guest musicians of which Paul Stanley's contribution is the most outstanding one. This collaboration between the two guitar players is the first one since the 1998 Kiss record "Psycho Circus".

Next to Stanley's contribution also Slash, Lita Ford and John 5 supported Frehley on this longplayer that got the name "Origins Vol. 1".


Here is the entire tracklist of the album:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32



Details on ACE FREHLEY's new album "Origins Vol.1"

LITA FORD gives first details on her new album

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Lita Ford, Kiss, Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, News

Lita Ford steps into a time capsule and comes with a new release in spring 2016. "Time Capsule" is the name of the new record she recorded and we hope that she can connect back to the glorious early days.

The guitarist/singer got some support from well known colleagues such as Jeff Scott Soto, Rick Nielsen, Billy Sheehan and Gene Simmons. Release date is April 15 and the album comes via Steamhammer/SPV.



1. Intro 
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 
3. Killing Kind 
4. War Of The Angels 
5. Black Leather Heart 
6. Rotten To The Core 
7. Little Wing 
8. On The Fast Track 
9. King Of The Wild Wind 
10. Mr. Corruption 
11. Anything For The Thrill 

LITA FORD gives first details on her new album

CD review DIMINO "Old habits die hard"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in DiMino Angel, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Kiss, Stryper, Twisted Sister

(7/10) After I have heard the first single form "Old habits die hard" I wasn't really thrilled. But OK, that was one song and the album might convinces more. And yes, it does. After having listened a few times to the longplayer I must say that I really like what DiMino recorded for "Old habits die hard". Maybe it was the long days and the sunny weather that supported this positive impression, but it was for sure not the only reason.

The longplayer comes with eleven songs which are positioned somewhere between melodic metal and traditional hardrock. Frank DiMino, that some of you might know from Angel, a band discovered by Kiss' Gene Simmons, is the mainman and name giver for the group. Next to the singer a few genre heroes have joined in. Guys like Oz Fox (Stryper), Rickey Medlocke (Blackfoot) and former Angel band mates (Punkey Meadows (g) and Barry Brandt (b)) have guest appearances on the album. 

Tracks you should check out are the grooving "I can't stop loving you (is it only me that thinks that DiMino sounds a bit like Biff Byford?).

Also the ballad "Even now" belongs to the good songs on "Old habits die hard". It's not rocket science stuff but it does a good job during a convertable car ride into the sunset.

The counterpart is the fast and furious "Mad as hell". The tune has some classic rock roots and is a real headbanger. The same goes for "The quest".

On the other hand there is "Sweet sensation", the above mentioned first single, which I don't think is that very well made. A bit too trivial. But that's the only small downer.

"Old habits die hard" is a rocking album that has some metalic moments too. It is good time music that fits perfect into the current summer period. Give it a try. 





  1. Never again
  2. Rockin in the city
  3. I can't stop loving you
  4. The rain's about to fall
  5. Even now
  6. Tears will fall
  7. Mad as hell
  8. Sweet senation
  9. Tonight's the night
  10. The quest
  11. Stones by the river


Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release date EU: July 3rd, 2015

CD review DIMINO "Old habits die hard"

CD review GLORIA VOLT "Recharged

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Gloria Volt, ACDC, Kiss, News, Rock, CD Review, Hardrock, Heavy Metal

(7/10) If you take lot of AC/DC and you spice it up with some Kiss and some Aerosmith, than you will get the sound that you can enjoy on "Recharged" - the new album from Gloria Volt. The longplayer follows "The sign" from 2013 and comes with eight new songs. 

And here we have already a weak spot. Eight songs and 33 minutes is far below the standard in these days. The album is more a kind of longer EP than a full-length album.

However, we also could say that at least the eight tracks are all OK. So why adding two more fillers just to reach the 45 minutes. Tracks like the opener "Need a kick" definitely gives you the kick and the grooving "Screaming for Hollywood" reminds more to California than to Switzerland.

What is a bit strange is the cover of the album. It doesn't really support the music and the drawing feels more like being the result of the first three sessions of a painting training.

So what, the music counts which means that next to the tunes also the production needs to be OK. And that's the case. The eight numbers are powerful produced by not overdoing it. It fits.

Gloria Volt doesn't re-define hardrock. But the might 'recharge' it with their passion for AC/DC & Co.. This kind of music works on every party. 





  1. Need a kick
  2. Flyin' and rollin'
  3. Screaming for Hollywood
  4. All I want
  5. Gonna roll
  6. Down by the highway
  7. Get ready
  8. This way in


Label: LuxNoise

Genre: Hardrock

CD review GLORIA VOLT "Recharged

Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, Live Review

It seems to be 'Kiss time' this summer. Within one week ex-Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley visited the Netherlands as well as his former band mates from Kiss (next week in Amsterdam). 

Frehley made the start by playing a show in De Boerderij in Zoetermeer. It was the second show in Holland after having played a gig two days earlier in Amsterdam.
But before the guitar maniac started with his set it was the task of Belgium Diablo Blvd. to warm up the audience. That worked very well even though their modern metal didn't really fit to Frehley's/Kiss' hardrock. It was their powerful sound and the hard riffs that brought some movement into the crowd. As frontman Alex Agnew stated "It's our job to warm you up and I had guys not doing their job". Diablo Blvd., and esp Agnew with his talenet to entertain people, definitely did their job and the 35 minutes have been a good start into the night...and it became warm in the venue.
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

After a 45 minutes long break it was time for Ace Frehley and band. Looking on the amount of Kiss shirts in the crowd the expectations for some Kiss songs has been tangible. And Ace Frehley delivered. Playing through a set that was a mix of his solo albums and several Kiss classics was exactly what was wished by the people. The crowd went crazy during hits like "Detroit rock city" and "Cold gin". Those songs are written for eternity and create the same enthusiasm as when the have been published decades ago. Also some tunes from Kiss' "Ace Frehley" album have been highly appreciated by the fans - esp. the bouncer "Rip it out". This rockin' firework rounded off the 90 minutes long show.

Besides the unique songs it was also the stage performance of the four guys that is worth a word. Next to the master himself it was Richie Scalet on the second guitar, Chris Wyse on the four string and Scot Coogan (d) that are Frehelys' band mates right now - each of them with a lot of stage experience and real rock'n'roll animals. They have been all over the stage and sometimes, as Scarlet did, even further than that. One of the greatest moments of the show was when he gave a kid that was standing next to the stage a pick. The young guy was so surprised that he wasn't even sure if he can take the pick. Pure entertainment and a generation bridge in one.

Even though it is Ace Frehely's name on the posters he also gave enough space to his band mates. Each of them also did the vocals for one of the tracks and they got enough space for some solo moment too. The bass solo from Wyse was actually quite impressive.

When it comes to the gimmicks - yes, those have been there as well. The smoking guitar from Frehley was as well part of the show as the one with the blinking spots.

All in all it was great rock'n'roll night in De Boerderij and I'm curious if Kiss can top this next week. I guess that if you want to get the real Kiss hardrock vibe you should go for Ace and if you want to have the big entertainment you should go for Kiss. Let's see.

Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015
Live review ACE FREHLEY / DIABLO BLVD, Zoetermeer, 11.06.2015

Setlist Ace Frehley:

  1. Fractured mirror (Intro)
  2. Rocket ride
  3. Gimme a feelin'
  4. Toys
  5. Parasite
  6. Love gun
  7. Breakout (vocals by Richie Scarlet)
  8. Space invader
  9. 2000 man
  10. Snowblind
  11. Rock soldiers
  12. Bass solo
  13. Strange ways (vocals by Chris Wyse)
  14. New York groove
  15. Cold gin
  16. Shock me
  17. Ace Frehley solo
  18. Deuce
  19. Detroit Rock City (Encore) (vocals by Scot Coogan)
  20. Rip it out (Encore)


Location: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Date: 11.06.2015



Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Dead Daisies, Kiss, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News

The Dead Daisies - a name you're not familiar with? Than it's time for getting more infos about the band

The Dead Daisies is a classic rock cooperation that incudes well knwon musicians. It is Marco Mendoza (b), Dizzy Reed (key), David Lowy (g), Richard Fortus (g), John Corabi (v) and drummer Jackie Barnes that are working right now on the new longplayer "Revolución". The album will be released on May 29.

In addition to the new album the band will be also on tour in Europe together with Kiss. Sounds like a cool summer.

Photo: Katerina Benzova

Photo: Katerina Benzova


Update: KISS will play some shows and festivals in Europe in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 21. November 2014 von Markus W. in Kiss, Hardrock, Tour, Rock, Classic Rock, News

Their 40th anniversary brings Kiss also to Europe. During summer 2015 the four guys will play several shows and festivals. Here are the date:

29.05. Rockavaria Festival, Munich, Germany

29.05. Grüne Hölle Festival, Nürburg, Germany

02.06. O2 Arena, Hamburg, Germany

03.06. O2 Arena, Berlin, Germany

04.06. Leipzig Arena, Leipzig, Germany

06.06. Rock In Vienna Festival, Vienna, Austria

08.06. O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

11.06. Verona Arena, Verona, Italy

14.06. Download Festival, Derby, UK

16.06. Le Zenith, Paris, France

18.06. Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (new)

19.06. Graspop Festival, Graspop, Belgium

Update: KISS will play some shows and festivals in Europe in 2015

CD review CRAZY LIXX "Crazy Lixx"

Veröffentlicht am 20. November 2014 von Markus W. in Crazy Lixx, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News, Def Leppard, Kiss, Motley Crue

(8/10) Crazy Lixx are big fans from bands like Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Aerosmith. At least listening to their music gives you this impression. The band from Malmö, Sweden plays sleaze rock that brings you back to the glorious days in the 80's. Not for nothing one of their tracks is called "Girls of the 80's". Sounds like red lips, short skirts and curly long hair
Founded in 2002 by singer Danny Rexon, Vic Zino and Joel Cicera Crazy Lixx released in total four records. The latest one is called "Crazy Lixx". According to Danny Rexon none of the other proposed names fitted that well as doing a self-titled album. It represents the band and their music best. So why not calling it simply "Crazy Lixx".
The eleven songs on the album are pure hardrock anthems like the opener "Hell raising women". The start into the album couldn't be better. The five-piece band doesn't take any prisoners. The crunchy guitars and a anthemic melodies are a real kickstart for the album. "All looks, no hooks" follows the same pattern. The song might not 'look' but has definitely some hooks. And those stick. The same goes for "Ain't no rest in rock'n'roll" which, I guess, will become a standard part of their live setlists.
But Crazy Lixx also has a more melodic rock side. "Heroes forever" is one of those tracks. The track got a catchy melody and a chorus that is made for sing-a-long.
The album doesn't have the obligatory ballad that you might expect. It's full of rock'n'roll and even "Outlaw", with the more silent parts, rocks pretty well.
And last but not least the already mentioned "Girls of the 80's" that sounds like a merge of Def Leppard, Poison and Kiss (in this time).
I like the album since it has a high entertainment factor. Music that comes over as real and fresh. An energizer in autumn.



  1. Hell raising women
  2. Sound of the loud minority
  3. Outlaw
  4. Girls of the 80's
  5. I missed the mark
  6. All looks no hooks
  7. Ain't no rest in rock'n'roll
  8. Call to action
  9. Heroes are forever
  10. Psycho city
  11. Wrecking ball crew

Label: Frontiers Records
Genre: Hardrock


CD review CRAZY LIXX "Crazy Lixx"

CD review AUDREY HORNE "Pure heavy"

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2014 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Alternative Metal, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, CD Review, News

(8/10) The new album from Audrey Horne means 45 minutes of pure fun and rock'n'roll entertainment. The continuity of the high quality level of the band from Bergen, Norway is amazing. What started in 2002 as a funproject of some black metal guys turned into a successful classic-/hardrock band. 

"Pure heavy" is now already the fifth full-length release of the band and I think one of the most mature ones. Over time the sound of Audrey Horne moved more and more towards pure classic rock. This style was present in their sound of the early days already, but at that time they mixed it more with some alternative and post grunge elements. Therefore "Pure heavy" is a well chosen title of the record.

"Pure heavy" comes with eleven killers and no filler. For me the best song of the album comes already early in the beginning. After the good opener "Wolf in my heart" it's the fast "Holy roller" that creates pure excitement. It is right to the point with some crispy guitars and galloping beats. A live song per excellence.

As I said earlier the classic rock influences became bigger. Songs like "Gravity" and esp. "Out of the city" have a strong Thin Lizzy touch. Audrey Horne interprets this style in a good and own way. They are inspired but they never copy.

With "Diamond" the album also has a one and a half minutes intermezzo just by the acoustic guitar and Toschie's vocals. But than it's over with the silence again. The riff from "Into the wild" brings you back into the headbanging mode. 

Next to mentioned tunes their is the mean groove monster "Waiting for the night" with a great melody plus a catchy chorus that rocks. 

The hypnotic "Boy wonder" is the final track on the album and again a powerful one that leaves you behind slack-jawed. What suits the track too is the short releaxed instrumental part half way. This is a welcome break followed by a melodic guitar solo. 

"Pure heavy" is an excellent new album from Audrey Horne and I liked what I heard. Fans of the and can easily go for it and hardrockers in general will not be disappointed too. Cool stuff.





  1. Wolf in my heart
  2. Holy roller
  3. Out of the city
  4. Volcano girl
  5. Tales from the cyrpt
  6. Diamond
  7. Into the wild
  8. Gravity
  9. High and dry
  10. Waiting for the night
  11. Boy wonder


Label: Naplam Records

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review AUDREY HORNE "Pure heavy"

CD review X-DRIVE "Get your rock on"

Veröffentlicht am 17. August 2014 von Markus W. in X-Drive, Ratt, Mötley Crüe, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Skid Row, Kiss, CD Review

(8/10) X-Drive is a new project with partly well known musicians. Funny enough it's only the founder of the band who is not known - yet. His name is Jeremy Brunner, a guitarist from Oregon, who found his way to California. Without knowing anybody in LA and just with a bunch of good songs in his backpack Brunner decided to go for the challenge to find his luck along the West Coast.

X-Drive is the result of this big step for the six stringer. The band is of course more than only him. His ideas convinced more known musicians from LA to join in. James Lorenzo is probabaly the most popular one. The bass player was an important factor in the rhythm section of the multi seller White Lion and also worked with guys like David Lee Roth and Ozzy Osbourne. Singer Keith St.John is well known from Monrose while drummer Fred Fischer played in Midline. They all together are responsible for 12 masterpieces of 80's hardrock which are on the debut of the band.  The name of the album? "Get your rock on". And that's what you get.

What I like with the tunes from X-Drive is the great sense for melodies combined with a really rocking sound. This package is rounded off by a strong production done by Andy Johns, the former Led Zeppelin engineer. Sidenote: It was the last album he was involved before his tragic death in 2013. 

To pick out certain songs would not be fair. They are all good and I couldn't identify a filler. They are all characterized by the great melodies, the rocking guitar, catchy riffs and the well performend vocals from Keith St.John. This guy can really sing and he has the blues in his veins; obvious in tracks like "Turn the noize down".  But also the grooving title track "Get your rock on" and slower "Just can't stay" sound pretty cool. Even the ballad "Baby bye bye", a weak spot on many records with this kind of music, sounds good too. Eventhough the lyrics are cliche the song is well crafted. And now I did it - I picked out a few songs. But again, all the tracks are worth to be listened to. 

X-Drive has brought back the 80's hardrock in a way that it's more than a pure copy. It's a re-vitalisation and partly modernized. Go for this album if you liked bands like White Lion, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row and Kiss in the 80's.  Thumbs up.





  1. Love's a bitch
  2. Get your rock
  3. Steppin' on the rock
  4. Baby bye bye
  5. California
  6. Lay me down
  7. Turn the noize down
  8. Beyond the angels
  9. Rattlesnake eyes
  10. Just can't stay
  11. Change of heart
  12. Love breaks the fool

Label: Frontier Records
Genre: Hardrock


CD review X-DRIVE "Get your rock on"

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Space invaders"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is back after 5 years with a new solo album. The six stringer from New York City, New York releases "Space invaders" mid August. The new album follows "Anomaly" from 2009 and brings back the grooving hardrock we know from the 12014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductree. Something good for the summer period.

The album starts pretty cool. The title track and the following "Gimme a feelin'" are great, hardrockers with good hooklines and catchy melodies - always in combination with Frehley's screaming guitar. A good package to start a rock album. Other tunes which are more my faves are "What every girl wants" "Changes". Both grooving hardrock tracks with a good guitar riff. The songs are the right soundtrack for your car ride towards the sunset. The slower "Past the milky way" is a bit less rocking than the before mentioned tracks. It sounds a bit more like Bon Jovi's "Dead or alive" but still belongs to the 'credit side'.

The album also contains a cover version of Steve Miller's "The joker". I don't want to count how often this songs was already been interpreted by other artists. Frehley's version is another attempt. "The joker", in Frehley's version, is arranged quite well. It sticks more to the original and convinces with the guitar solo. No surprise I guess.

Next to all this there is also a flipside. This is called "I wanna hold you", "Toys" and "Starship". The first two are too run-off-the mill while "Staship" is much too trivial. It's an uninspiring instrumental of seven minutes which leaves a sour taste.

All in all ""Space invaders" has its moments, but I have expected more from Ace Frehley. I still prefer "Frehley's comet" and "Trouble walking". For me those are his best solo releases and the new album can't live up to this standard. It misses a bit the drive and the power which he had on his 80's records. And why have so many songs on the album a fading-out ending? A missed opportunity looking on Frehley's capabilities and career.





  1. Space invaders
  2. Gimme a feelin
  3. I wanna hold you
  4. Change
  5. Toys
  6. Immortal pleasure
  7. Inside the vortex
  8. What every girl wants
  9. Past the milky way
  10. Reckless
  11. The joker
  12. Starship


Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Space invaders"

CD review KISS "40"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Kiss, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News

(*/10) There will be no special introduction of the band this time. If you never heard about Kiss so far you should stop reading anyhow.

Kiss became 40 this year and this is for sure a great moment to celebrate the unbelievable career of the band. It was in 1973, when the first signing took place with Casablanca Records. This was the beginning of a rising star. They released their debut "Kiss" in 1974 which was the beginning of the "hottest band in the world". In the following years and decades Kiss sold millions of records, became 28 times gold for their releases and they are still in business. Their latest studio album "Monster" also showed, that they still breath rock'n'roll. Age obviously doesn't matter. 

So, Kiss celebrates their birthday with a compilation album, simply called "40". You could question why another compiation album is needed. The quartett released already quite some of them, next to a certain amount of live albums.

First of all you get value for money with this record. In total 40 songs (what a coincident) reflect the entire career of the band. Hits from the debut like "Strutter" and "Firehouse" are part of the tracklist as well as brand new material so as "Hell or hallelujah" from "Monster". Regardless of masked or unmasked, plugged in or unplugged, every period is reflected on "40". Also the more controverse discussed mainstream phase in the eights is is part of the album. And I still think that "Reason to live' is a great song.

The album also contains tracks, which haven't released in such a version earlier. "Deuce", "Cold gin" and "Crazy nights" are previsouly commercially unreleased live recordings and with "Reputation" the compilation also contains an unreleased demo version from 1977. 

"40" provides an excellent overview over fourty years of KIss. For collectors for sure a 'must'. All the others need to decide if they have a need for another compilation from the "Hottest band on the earth". Based on the tracklist the answer actually should be 'yes'.






  1. Nothin to lose
  2. Let me go, rock'n'roll
  3. C'mon and love me
  4. Rock and roll all night (live)
  5. God of thunder (demo)
  6. Beth
  7. Hard luck woman
  8. Reputation (demo - previously unreleased)
  9. Christine sixteen
  10. Shout it out loud (live)
  11. Strutter '78
  12. You matter to me
  13. Radioactive
  14. New York groove
  15. Hold me, touch me
  16. I was made for lovin' you (single edit)
  17. Shandi
  18. A world without heroes
  19. I love it loud
  20. Down on your knees
  21. Lick it up
  22. Heaven's on fire


CD 2:

  1. Tears are falling
  2. Reason to live
  3. Let's put the X into sex
  4. Forever (remix)
  5. God gave rock'n'roll to you II
  6. Unholy (live)
  7. Do you love me? (MTV unplugged)
  8. Room service (live)
  9. Jungle (radio edit)
  10. Psyche circus
  11. Nothing can keep me from you
  12. Detroit rock city (live)
  13. Deuce (live 2004)
  14. Firehouse (live 1999/2000)
  15. Modern day Delilah
  16. Cold gin (live 2009)
  17. Crazy crazy  nights (live 2010)
  18. Hell or hallelujah


Label: Universal Music

Genre: Hardrock

CD review KISS "40"