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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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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Very Best Of KISS
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KISS The Very Best Of KISS

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals, the KISS compilation album The Very Best Of KISS is on sale in MP3 format for only $5. (The CD is currently $8.49 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.)

This is 21 of the best KISS songs for only $5 (that’s less than a quarter each), so this is a steal! And and yes, they are great tunes – this isn’t one of those best-of compilations where you’re never heard of the songs. There’s “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Strutter,” “Deuce” (I could end up naming all 21 at this rate), and the Alive! version of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” which of course is the best rendition of this mega-hit. There’s even “New York Groove,” the hit off of the Ace Frehley KISS solo album (the best, of course, of the four 1978 solo albums). Most of the tracks on The Very Best Of KISS are from the band’s makeup era in the 1970s, but there’s a handful of the post-makeup selections, too. KISS is one of my favorite bands in the world, so I can go on and on and on about how if you don’t already own most of their music catalog, you should grab this best-of collection, especially at this low price.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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Original KISS Members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss Perform Together For First Time In 13 Years (Video)
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Ace Frehley, Peter Criss KISS Dressed To Kill

Original KISS members Ace Frehley* and Peter Criss performed together this week for the first time in 13 years at the 30th anniversary celebration for radio host and TV’s That Metal Host star Eddie Trunk.

The Spaceman and The Catman, both of whom originally left KISS in the early 80s, but returned to the group for the 1996 reunion tour and subsequent album Psycho Circus, jammed together at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, along with Anthrax members, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Scott Ian; former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.

With Frehley on lead guitar and Criss on drums, along with a combination of the aforementioned musicians, the former bandmates rocked out on KISS tunes “Parasite,” “Got To Choose,” “Hooligan,” “Love Her All I Can,” and “Rock And Roll All Night” — the latter three performances can be seen here below in a fan video that was taken.

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Comic Review: KISS Kids #1
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cGt2099   |  
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KISS Kids #1KISS Kids #1
Written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz
Art by Jeremy Colwell and Jose Holder
Covers by Jeremy Colwell, Luis Antonio Delgado, Rom Fajardo, Jose Holder, Dan Schoening, Bruce Timm
IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

You wanted the best, and you got the best…
…but this ain’t it.

If you’re an adult, KISS Kids is terrible. If you’re under the age of 7, KISS Kids is ok. The End.

If I could leave the review at just that, I would. But I won’t. Being a KISS fan, upon hearing that KISS Kids was going to be a comic book series – an announcement made on April Fool’s Day – I honestly thought it was just a gag, a joke, a laugh. I played along with the joke, and we even posted another KISS-related April Fool’s post that day, too.

But then I found out IDW and Gene Simmons were sincere about it. I couldn’t believe it. This is perhaps the worst KISS idea since those coffins, I thought. And I was right.

Young children will probably dig it, especially kids of fans who have been bitten by the KISS bug… but older readers will find this experience tedious. While the art is fun to look at, KISS Kids, as a concept, would work much better as a television cartoon series than a comic book.

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Happy Birthday To The Original Kiss Spaceman, Ace Frehley!
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Ace Frehley

Happy Birthday today to The Spaceman, the irrepressible Ace Frehley, whose lead guitar work in the original version of the rock and roll quartet KISS elevated that band to one of the all-time great groups of that genre.

While the co-frontmen — Gene Simmons, with his blood-spurting, bass-playing rock shock antics, and Paul Stanley, all-around good guy with the sly wink — were pretty much always (and continuing to this day) at the forefront, it was the guitar sounds of the Space Ace and his attitude as well, which seemed to come from the Johnny Thunders/Ron Asheton/Wayne Kramer down and dirty rock variety that gave KISS arguably its musical cock walk strut on record, on stage, and in print. Frehley was the dark horse of the group who usually had musical photo finishes; he was the iron glue and in a lot of ways the one who experienced the most identity crisis, almost like the George Harrison in the theatrical greasepaint, the makeup which concealed the band’s identity during their heyday in the 1970s, but never concealed the band’s workman-like musical ethic.

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Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley To Retire From KISS; Band To Continue As KISS II
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley To Leave KISS - Band To Continue As KISS II

Hard rock and heavy metal veterans KISS announced today, April 1, 2013, that founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are leaving the band and going into retirement at the end of this year, while the band will go on as KISS II, a lineup featuring NO original members, beginning in 2014.

Before Simmons and Stanley, who formed the group in New York City 40 years ago, can officially begin their quiet rock and roll-free nights and party-less days, they must fulfill their current record company contract for one more album. Therefore, the long-time musical partners have agreed to finally do the sequel to The Elder with Bob Ezrin, stating that the original 1981 album now has a cult following, and they are thinking “long-term” for the fans. The sequel will be called The Elder Reloaded.

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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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$3 MP3 Album Deal: KISS ‘Destroyer’
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KISS Destroyer

This week, the KISS album Destroyer is on sale for only $2.99 in MP3 format. The CD is on sale as well for only $4.76.

Released in 1976 and produced by Bob Ezrin, Destroyer contains some of the best known KISS songs – “Detroit Rock City,” “God of Thunder,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and the ballad “Beth.” Fact: When my husband and I got together, we realized that between us we owned 8 copies of Destroyer on vinyl (as well as several cassette copies and 2 CDs), therefore I don’t think I need to explain why I think you should grab this album now for only $3.

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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Happy Birthday Original KISS Drummer Peter Criss!
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Today December 20, 2011, Peter Criss, the original drummer for rock band KISS, celebrates his 66th birthday!

The original wearer of the ‘Catman’ make-up, Criss was one of the founding members of the band. He had three spells with KISS playing on their revered 1970s albums including KISS, Hotter Than Hell, and Destroyer.

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