Fans will get their first taste of the new KISS album, Monster, next week, when the lead single “Hell or Hallelujah” is released. The track, which will be available for download on I-Tunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, and other outlets, is being released Monday, July 2, internationally, and on Tuesday, July 3, in North America.
The full-throttle rocker is track #1 on Monster. Lead singer Paul Stanley called the autobiographical cut “a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record…one way or another, we’re going to do it our way.”
Monster will be released in October through Universal Music Enterprises. There has been much speculation on internet sites as to the number of tracks and song titles on the album. On Friday, June 29, the bands’ official website, KissOnLine.com confirmed that album will feature 12 songs, including “Freak,” “Back to the Stone Age,” “The Devil is Me,” “Outta This World,” and “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”
It was also confirmed that the album, like KISS’s previous album, 2009’s Sonic Boom, was entirely written and performed by the band – co-founders Paul Stanley (guitar and vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass and vocals) and longtime members Tommy Thayer (lead guitar and vocals) and Eric Singer (drums and vocals). Monster was produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins at Conway Studios in Hollywood, California, and at The Nook in Studio City, California.
“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album,” Simmons said in a press release. “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.”
Other details confirmed on KissOnLive.com: Stanley sings lead on “Hell of Hallelujah,” and “Freak” (described as “Who-like”). Simmons sings lead on the up-tempo “Back to the Stone Age” and the heavy “The Devil is Me.” Thayer sings lead on “Outta This World” (described as a “tribute to his KISS ‘spaceman’ character”) and Singer sings lead on the arena anthem, “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”
On the KISS Army Spain fan site, Fernando Martinez posted a complete listing of song titles and times for Monster. Martinez indicated that overall (in his opinion), Monster is heavier, and has less of a “retro” sound than Sonic Boom.
While the song titles “Born to be a Sinner” and “Are You Ready?” have been mentioned on other internet sites, they do not appear in the (unconfirmed) track listing Martinez posted the KISS Army Spain site:
1. Hell Or Hallelujah 4:08
2. Wall Of Sound 2:56
3. Freak 3:36
4. Back To The Stone Age 3:02
5. Shout Mercy 4:05
6. Eat Your Heart Out 4:07
7. Long Way Down 3:51
8. The Devil Is Me 3:41
9. Outta This World 4:29
10. Take Me Down Below 3:25
11. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll 3:22
12. Last Chance 3:06
13. Right Here Right Now 3:58 (European bonus track – sung by Paul Stanley)