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Massive Metal Monday: Kiss “War Machine”
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Kiss Creatures of the Night Album Cover

Whether or not you consider Kiss to be a metal band, I don’t believe that anyone could argue that their 1982 album Creatures of the Night is a heavy metal record. And a damn fine one at that!

Here with the epic anthem “War Machine” from the Creatures of the Night record is the mighty Kiss.

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Learn To Play 8 KISS Songs With This ‘Guitar Play-Along’ DVD
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KISS Guitar Play-Along Volume 34 DVD

The Hal Leonard Corporation has put out tons of guitar instructional videos over the years, and the 34th Volume in their Guitar Play-Along series will help you learn to play some KISS songs!

The Kiss – Guitar Play-Along Volume 34 DVD has 8 KISS songs that you can learn to play on guitar, which believe me, is a worthwhile endeavor. There’s various ways to watch and learn each tune; there’s a lesson given by a professional teacher, then the teacher performs each entire song along with recorded backing tracks. In this 100-minute DVD, you can play along with or without the guitar turned on, and there’s multiple viewing options as well: fret hand with tab, wide view with tab, pick & fret hand close-up, as well as other views.

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Music Deal: 10 KISS Albums For $5 Each
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KISS Destroyer

I’m a KISS fanatic, so I’m pleased to have a most excellent reason to write about the band here and now: Amazon is currently selling a bunch of KISS albums for only $5 each in their MP3 album sale, 2,000 MP3 Albums For $5 Each, as well as several CDs for under $5 from their extensive catalog.

I’ve included all of the band’s studio albums released from 1974-1979 (all worth owning!), as well the amazing, awesome, must-have Ace Frehley KISS solo album (the only of the four solo albums really worth owning) as a few from the 1980s. All the listed CDs are “AutoRip,” which means if you purchase the CD, you’ll ALSO get the MP3 version for free; therefore, if the CD is cheaper than the MP3 version, then definitely get the CD, so you’ll get both formats for less. (Note – not every format for every title is on sale, but I’ve listed it here for consistency.) I’ve also included for each album the release date and some of its most famous tunes.

Kiss (1974)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $5.00
Strutter, Firehouse, Cold Gin, 100,000 Years, Black Diamond

Hotter Than Hell (1974)
CD 4.99 | MP3 $8.99
Hotter Than Hell, Parasite, Got to Choose, Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll

Dressed To Kill (1975)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $8.99
Rock and Roll All Nite, Rock Bottom, C’mon and Love Me, She

Destroyer (1976)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $9.49
Detroit Rock City, God of Thunder, Beth, Shout It Out Loud

Rock and Roll Over (1976)
CD $4.99 | MP3 $8.99
Calling Dr. Love, I Want You, Ladies Room, Hard Luck Woman

Love Gun (1977)
CD $8.50 | MP3 $5.00
I Stole Your Love, Christine Sixteen, Love Gun, Shock Me, Plaster Caster

KISS – Ace Frehley (1978)
CD $8.99 | MP3 $5.00
New York Groove, Rip It Out, I’m in Need of Love, Snowblind

Dynasty (1979)
CD $7.54 | MP3 $5.00
I Was Made For Lovin’ You, 2000 Man, Hard Times, Sure Know Something

Creatures Of The Night (1982)
CD $7.34 | MP3 $5.00
I Love It Loud, I Still Love You, War Machine, Rock and Roll Hell

Animalize (1984)
CD $8.99 | MP3 $5.00
Heaven’s On Fire, Thrills in the Night

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Must Watch: 5 Year Old Nails Eric Carr’s KISS Drum Solo
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Eric Carr - KISS

When it comes to matters pertaining to the band KISS, I always confess quite a level of bias, having been a fan since 1987 – and particularly a fan of late drummer Eric Carr. Besides this meaning I’ve been a member of the KISS army for 25 years now, I always keep my eyes peeled for something of interest when it pops up on the web.

Look no further than a video I stumbled across today that I’m sure even rock fans in general, drummers, and our regular readers here at Geeks of Doom may find will bring a smile to your face.

His name is Avery Molek, he is 5 years old, and a KISS fan. More than that he is also a drummer, and his ability at his very young age is remarkable. Continue reading to check out a video of Avery in action.

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This Day In KISStory: 20th Anniversary Of The Passing Of Eric Carr
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KISS

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of Eric Carr, the drummer of KISS who helped keep the band moving forward during the Eighties. Carr, born Paul Caravello, passed away on November 24, 1991 at the age of 41 from complications stemming from his battle with cancer. The loss was colossal to both KISS and their fan base, but he is remembered.

Eric Carr first joined KISS in 1980, when the band decided that it was time for Peter Criss to leave the group. Or perhaps Peter decided it was time to leave… (choose your side of this anecdote). Either way, substance abuse had taken a major toll on original drummer Criss by this stage of the band that it was allegedly affecting his performances both on stage and in the studio.

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This Day In KISStory: 30th Anniversary Of ‘Music From The Elder’
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KISS

“When the Earth was young, they were already old…”

30 years ago on this day in KISStory, an album would be issued that would be a turning point, and at the time a low point, for the band and their fans. Music From The Elder, produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (responsible for the epic Destroyer), was released by KISS on November 16, 1981. The release was a concept album, and a comprehensive departure for the band, which was negatively received by both fans and critics alike.

As time has progressed, however, the album has achieved somewhat of a cult status among both KISS fans and rock/metal fans. For some reason, Music From The Elder has matured well, and while it was perhaps the most obscure and odd of all KISS releases, some now point to the album as their favorite.

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This Day In KISStory: The Unmasking Of KISS, 28 Years On
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KISS

28 years ago on this day in KISStory, a bewildering moment arrived for rock and metal fans that for many seemed to have come out of nowhere. KISS had announced they were unmasking, dropping the make-up, costumes, and personae they had previously “worn” for ten years, and moving forward as an “unmasked” band.

The band officially unmasked on MTV (see video below), and the announcement sent shockwaves through the metalhead communities at the time, which was the beginning that this decision was a good move by the band. Up until this stage, KISS enjoyed the height of their career in the 1970s, and as they journeyed into the earlier 1980s, things were beginning to look somewhat dire for the band.

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KISS Drummer Eric Carr’s ‘Rockheads’ Coming In Comic Book Form
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The RockheadsThe animated cartoon concept created by KISS drummer Eric Carr before his passing may now become a reality thanks to Rocksville Nation Comics, which will be publishing a comic book including Carr’s Rockheads characters in an April 2011 release. In the second issue of Dyna Meecho’s Rocksville Nation, The Rockheads will be making an appearance in the adventure titled Ticket to Rockheads.

According to a press release, the story sees two young rockers on their own Detroit Rock City-style adventure, desperately attempting to find tickets to the final sold out Rockheads concert. The tale essentially places Eric Carr’s Rockheads as the idols of the main characters, and sounds like a lot of fun.

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Iconic KISS Drum Kit Used By Eric Carr Available For Sale To Fans
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KISSKISSmuseum.net has somehow managed to get their hands on elements from the drum kit used by Eric Carr during the 1988 KISS Crazy Nights tour, and are making them available for sale online. As KISS fans (and metal fans) from the Eighties would recall, the chrome Chikara drum kit that Carr used: it was an iconic piece of the KISS stage set at the time.

Eric Carr was the drummer of KISS from 1980 to 1991, stepping in the place of original drummer Peter Criss. He took on the make-up persona of “The Fox” and was part of the band as they transitioned into their non-makeup year; help bring a heavier sound to the band, and performed on albums such as Creatures of the Night, Lick It Up, and Animalize. Carr died on November 24, 1991, after battling cancer for several months. He is always remembered fondly by fans around the world.

Part of Eric’s 1988 drum kit was once on display during the KISS Convention Tour in 1995. This is the first time it has ever been available for public purchase. And if that’s not enough, KISSmuseum.net also has Eric’s Porsche — also for sale from their website.

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Remembering Eric Carr From KISS: 19th Anniversary Of Drummer’s Passing
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Eric CarrThis morning when I checked my Twitter feeds, I noticed that Freddie Mercury was trending — with people celebrating his life on the 19th anniversary of his death. The Queen frontman was most certainly a massive influence, but somebody else important passed away on that day 19 years ago that should also be remembered and honored: Eric Carr from KISS.

On November 24, 1991, KISS fans were shaken to discover that Eric Carr had passed away. The 41-year-old drummer had lost his battle with cancer, and the news shattered the hearts of KISS fans internationally. He had been a major influence on them all, and he is still missed to this day. He was one of the most adored members of the band, and one of the most memorable and talented drummers that emerged in the rock world during the 1980s.

Born in 1950 in Brooklyn, NY, Eric Carr joined the KISS in 1980 while they were still in make-up as “The Fox,” replacing drummer Peter Criss. He was instantaneously welcomed by the fans, and his drumming talents pushed KISS to be a more heavier and modern sounding band in their post-makeup era. Carr can be heard on KISS hits like “I Love It Loud,” “Lick It Up,” and “Heaven’s On Fire.”

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