Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons being the only members to feature in every lineup. The original and best-known lineup consists of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass), Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Criss (drums and vocals). With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: the Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss). Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 21 million RIAA-certified albums. Kiss also holds the title as America’s #1 gold record award-winning group of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Kiss has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum. On April 10, 2014, the four original members of Kiss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Kiss was ranked by MTV as the ninth “Greatest Metal Band of All Time”, and placed tenth on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” lists well as being ranked as the third “Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time” by Loudwire. In September 2018, Kiss announced that, after 45 years of recording and performing, they would be embarking on their final tour, The End of the Road World Tour, in 2019. The tour’s final show will take place on July 17, 2021, in New York City where the band had formed 48 years earlier. Here are all Kiss albums ranked.
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“This album was issued after this tragic event took place. It was in 1992. The last track on “Revenge” (“Carr Jam 1991) is a memorable, outstanding drum solo. In my opinion it is one of the best ever played in tough music history. Among impressive tracks we could indicate: “Unholy”, “Take it off”, “God gave rock ‘n’ roll to you II”, “Domino”, “Every time I look at you”, and finally “Carr Jam 1981″ which was mentioned before. In general, the music on this LP is varied but none of the tracks here is poor.”
9.Lick It Up (1983)
“Lick It Up” is one of the most underrated albums in the history of rock and roll. This is a must-own for anyone that is a fan of classic rock or 80’s hair metal. The album is absolutely a beast, I mean Gene songs sound mean. Paul’s songs have great energy. The album starts off with “Exciter”, a song that starts off with an epic intro. The vocals by Paul are top-notch, and the guitar solo leaves you remembering what you just heard. Catchy song, but not even one of the best on the cd. Not for the Innocent” starts Gene’s songs off the way all of Gene’s songs sound on this cd, loud, mean, and tough as nails. Gene Simmons growl never sounded so brutal, this is what rock and roll are supposed to sound like. This is what Heavy Metal should sound like.”
“Dynasty is a great comeback album after the solo albums and to me is 1 of their best to date..This is where Kiss went more Commercial but most of the songs here are good great tunes..Overall a solid album and all 4 sing great on it..Anton Fig plays awesome on this album also playing on everything but Dirty Livin..I’ve probably listened to this the most in their catalog besides Love Gun and Unmasked..Never skip over a song which I feel is a very strong album”
7.Dressed to Kill (1975)
“Dressed to kill” came out on March 19, 1975. Two songs of this LP: “She” and “Love her all I can” were recorded by Gene Simmons, Steve Coronel and Paul Stanley for WICKED LESTER. The remaining eight tracks had not been known to the fans before.
There was no doubt about it. “Dressed to kill” seemed to prove that the band was on the right track to fame and glory. This album surely contributed to the formation of the new trend in hard rock – glam, shock rock. The fans of that genre longed for the time when this record would hit the US stores. And when the LP was delivered at their homes they might have been more happier than ever with it.”
6.Hotter Than Hell (1974)
“This is such a great KISS album ! Lyrically this album is more in direction of love,lust,rock & roll,and heartbreak.
Standouts are Parasite,Goin’ Blind,Let me go Rock & Roll,Mainline,Strange Ways & All the Way…pretty much the whole album. Alotta my KISS cds are their live albums,Greatest Hits,all their solid & about 7 studio albums. I find myself liking the original 70s albums,and even some of the heavier 80s/90s albums (Crazy Nights,Revenge,Psycho Circus).”
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5.Rock and Roll Over (1976)
“I think that this is the very best album of all time. This album really rocks and I believe that it’s timeless. As the years passed I’ve owned the album, several cassettes that I had to keep buying because I would wear them out, and CDs. I obviously have it on iPhone and iPod. It’s a great album and the guys were very tight in their playing. Just as good today as it was back in the day.”
4.Creatures of the Night (1982)
“The title track opens a blistering pace, with Carr in full flow, ” Saint & Sinner’ is grade “A” KISS metal, as is the magnificent Gene Simmons ” tribute” to Criss & Frehley, the tongue in cheek, ” Rock & Roll Hell”. ” Danger” shows exactly why the new unit was 10 times more powerful than the old. ” War Machine” is a slab of no-nonsense metal, that has Vincent riffing at the helm, ” I Love It Loud” is an all new KISS Anthem. Vinnie Vincent comes to the fore again, as he combines with Paul Stanley on with one of the greatest songs ever written by ANY artist, the incredible ” I Still Love You”. This is genuine genius & KISS at their pure, unadulterated best….whatever the line up!!!!”
3.Love Gun (1977)
“KISS have always been one of my favorite bands. They’ve had their ups and downs over the years but this cd is definitely during their peak. It’s the original band and all four contributed to this classic. Some gems on here are Almost Human , Shock Me , I Stole Your Love and Love Gun. The only song I could never really get into is Tomorrow And Tonight , which most others love.”
“If you’re looking for the absolute best of the best rock bands, that are flawless with their music and production perfect, that’s just not KISS. But, if your looking for a band that just had a great time with people, they are definitely that. That being said, there are some great tunes on this record.. From Firehouse, to Strutter, Cold Gin, to Black Diamond, it’s good rock. I’ve heard people that were die hard fans loathe the Love Theme, but it’s actually pretty good. “
“Destroyer, more than any other Kiss album, is a testament to that fact. Kiss started out strong in 1974 with their first two releases, but in 1976 their music would be thrusted to even greater heights under the direction of producer Bob Ezrin. Destroyer is captivating, driven, focused, and even after repeated plays, it’s still every bit as powerful as it was with the first listen. The album’s opener, “Detroit Rock City”, features a heart-pounding rhythm, direct, explosive drumming, suspenseful guitarwork, and Paul Stanley’s gripping vocals. The band carries the excitement over into “King of the Night Time World” with galloping drumwork from Peter Criss and ultra-confident vocals from Stanley. “God of Thunder” comes on hard and heavy, thumping and demonic, and would be Kiss’s first major foray into metal. “