KISS — Creatures Of The Night (review)

KISS — Creatures Of The Night album cover Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Unitron
Kiss have always been more known for their image and live shows than their actual music, and it's not too hard to see why. While they always make sure to put on a spectacular stage show, when it comes to albums, there's usually a few great songs among a bunch of filler. They're also followers of trends, as seen by their excursion into disco in the late 70's, their attempt at a concept album after the success of Pink Floyd's The Wall, and then Creatures of the Night is the band making a heavy metal album with the genre increasing in popularity.

Surprise surprise, they actually nail it! This has always been my favorite Kiss album, not because it's a metal album, but because it's their strongest collection of songs in a studio album format. Don't know how they did it, but each song on here is a booming arena metal behemoth with hooks and riffs that all stand up with their best songs in the 70's but in a whole album context.

It's hard for me to pick highlights, rare for a Kiss album, but it's book-ended by two classics The crashing opening title track contrasts with the massive swaggering groove of War Machine. Keep Me Comin', Rock and Roll Hell, and Danger are some other really great songs. Even the power ballad of I Still Love You is pretty good.

Kiss is a band that has several great songs, but I often find their albums too inconsistent. Creatures of the Night however, is a fantastic collection of classic heavy metal with the band's songwriting at its strongest.
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Nightfly wrote:
54 days ago
This one and the 2 following are some of their best IMO. Their last album, Monster was one of their better ones too.

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