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Pretty Boy Floyd

Kiss of Death: A Tribute to Kiss

Review by Gary Hill

I’ve always heard of this band, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard them before. To me, they look and sound quite a bit like vintage Motley Crue. Here they turn their attention to covering songs from Kiss. I’m actually a big Kiss fan, so they kind of had me at that decision. The thing is, these renditions are quite good. It’s a very entertaining album start to finish, really.

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Track by Track Review
King of the Night Time World

They really make this Kiss song their own. Sure, it’s recognizable, but it really has that glam rock meets bad boy metal sound to it. I like this a lot.

Room Service
Even more glam metal oriented, this screamer really rocks.
I Stole Your Love
I’ve always loved this song. This version doesn’t stand quite as tall as the original, but I do like it quite a bit.
I Love It Loud
This is one of the most effective renditions of the set. It powers out with both a combination of Pretty Boy Floyd’s sound and the original Kiss one. This is arguably closer to the original than anything we’ve heard this far.
Goin' Blind
They really picked some of my favorite Kiss songs to cover. As much as I like the original, they blow it away here. This is a cut that surpasses the Kiss version. It’s one of my favorite songs on the disc.
Deuce
The version of this Kiss classic might well be better than the original, too. It’s stronger than the studio take, but perhaps not the live versions. I love the guitar solos, and the whole thing rocks.
Creatures of the Night
This rendition is closer to the Kiss version. It’s a real screamer for sure.
Detroit Rock City
Always one of my favorite Kiss songs, this version smokes. Although this rocks a bit harder than the original, it’s one of the more faithful renditions.
Firehouse
They nail this one while still making it their own.
Love Gun
The metal treatment really works well on this number, too.
Shout It out Loud
I love the bass sound on the opening section here. They nail the vocal hooks. This isn’t a huge change, but it’s energized and classy.
Christine Sixteen
I’m not crazy about this one. Mind you, I’m not a big fan of the original. This rendition is good, but nothing special.
Strutter
This is another that’s not spectacular. It’s a step up from the previous piece, but seems to be missing some of the magic of the rest of the disc.
Let Me Go Rock N' Roll
I’ve never been a big fan of the original of this song. This one works pretty well, though.
Black Diamond
Here’s another Kiss song that I’ve always loved. This version isn’t as magical as the original, but it certainly gives it competition. It’s a real screamer and they pull it off with style.
 
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