Kiss – Revenge (1992/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kiss – Revenge (1992/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:03 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Rock
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Revenge is Kiss’ sixteenth studio album and the first record released by the group after the death of drummer Eric Carr. The record was dedicated to the late band member who was replaced by drummer Eric Singer. Revenge is one of their most popular later albums, it peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, 10 in the UK and 5 in Australia. The record produced singles “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II”, “Unholy” and “Domino”.

Despite coming off a monster ballad with Hot in the Shade’s Michael Bolton-penned “Forever,” Kiss was plagued by financial instability due to Simmons and Stanley’s extravagance; worse, drummer Eric Carr succumbed to cancer in November 1991. But even with the grunge movement in full effect, Kiss was luckily recognized as a major influence on everyone from Trent Reznor to Lenny Kravitz — their ’70s legacy intact despite the band’s often dubious choices in the ’80s. And even though they, too, were on the brink of commercial extinction, being savvy businessmen first and foremost, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley fully understood the lay of the land. Not only did they need to make a definitive record, they needed to completely re-invent themselves, visually and sonically. The first step was to secure hard rock veteran Eric Singer to fill Carr’s shoes; next, the band rekindled its relationship with producer Bob Ezrin. Again, never ones to ignore lucrative business opportunities, Simmons and Stanley swallowed their pride and rejoined forces with former bandmate Vinnie Vincent. Together, they co-wrote Revenge’s three centerpieces — “Unholy,” “I Just Wanna,” and “Heart of Chrome.” Bringing Vincent back to the Kiss fold ultimately proves to be the album’s coup de grâce. Some of the cuts are excellent, delivered with conviction and panache, but for all the hype, the album is also tainted with filler. On the up tip, Ezrin’s mongo-enormous production galvanizes the Kiss sound, making it fresh again. The band’s promotional efforts would help propel the album’s first-week sales sky high, culminating with a Top Ten Billboard chart entry, but indifference once again plagued the ensuing arena tour. ~~AllMusic Review by John Franck

1 Unholy 03:44
2 Take It Off 04:51
3 Tough Love 03:44
4 Spit 03:33
5 God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II 05:20
6 Domino 04:01
7 Heart Of Chrome 04:03
8 Thou Shalt Not 04:00
9 Every Time I Look At You 04:40
10 Paralyzed 04:15
11 I Just Wanna 04:08
12 Carr Jam 1981 02:44

Recorded February 1991-March 1992 at Rumbo Recorders, Track Records, Cornerstone Recorders, Ocean Way Recording, The Enterprise Studios and A&M Studios in CA; and Acme Recording Studios in New York, NY.

Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
Eric Carr – backing vocals (“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II”), drums (“Carr Jam 1981”, old demo recording)
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar
Eric Singer – drums, backing vocals

Additional Personnel:
Dick Wagner – guitar
Kevin Valentine – drums
Tommy Thayer, Jesse Damon – backing vocals

Producer: Bob Ezrin
Recording engineers: Chris Steinmetz, Niko Bolas, George Tutko, Pete Magdaleno (assistant), Dick Keneshiro (assistant), Bart Stevens (assistant), Andy Udoff (assistant), Julie Last (assistant), Richard Hasal (assistant)
Mixing engineers: Mick Guzauski and Rall Rogut


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