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Creatures of the Night

Review by Gary Hill

I remember when this disc came out I was purely blown away by it. Kiss had never rocked this hard and the album was extremely strong. For my money it still stands as what is arguably Kiss’ most consistent disc. Everything here is great and I still think it’s one of their finest.

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Track by Track Review
Creatures Of The Night

The drums lead things off here. Then the song fires out hard-edged and furious. Paul Stanley handles the vocals and there are some great guitar parts here. It’s a screamer that grabs you by the throat right at the beginning and doesn’t let go.

Saint And Sinner
Gene Simmons handles the lead vocals on this one. It’s more of a stripped down rocker, but again has a lot in common with the album that preceded it. I like this one a lot, too. It might not have the ferocity of the previous piece, but that’s good because it allows some variation.
Keep Me Comin'
There’s more of a modern sound to this hard edged rocker and Paul Stanley screams out the vocals.
Rock And Roll Hell
Take Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero” and combine in with “Saint and Sinner” and you’ve got a really good idea of what this song is all about.
This is purely incendiary. It’s got a modern hard rock element to it, but then again is also somewhat similar to some of the music from The Elder – just with a bit of steroid injection.
I Love It Loud
An anthemic number, this was a hit when it was released. It still holds up nicely today.
I Still Love You
A moody and melancholy ballad this song is simply incredible. Without question it’s my favorite song here. I’d say that it’s probably in my top ten Kiss songs of all time, too. There’s just so much emotion packed into this beast.
The riff that leads this off really feels a lot like something from Judas Priest. It’s fairly raw and very much a metal track.
War Machine
It’s funny. When I first heard Motley Crue (“Looks That Kill”) I thought they sounded a lot like Kiss. Well, now it comes full circle because this sounds like “Looks That Kill” to me. It’s another that’s very metallic and it’s a killer tune.
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