I got Sonic Boom

19 Sep

As I mentioned in an earlier post (click here to read it), the band KISS has recorded a new album titled “Sonic Boom“.

sonic-boom

"Sonic Boom", 2009

It’s due to be released on 2009 October 6.

Well, thanks to my friend Masa, I was able to get the CD early.
I got it today and listened to it already.

It’s very good!
It’s not their best work…but it’s still a great KISS album.

Gene Simmons, bass player of KISS, said that their new “Sonic Boom” album is similar to classic ’70s albums…in particular, their 1976 album “Rock And Roll Over“…

"Rock And Roll Over", 1976

"Rock And Roll Over", 1976

…and their 1977 album “Love Gun“.

"Love Gun", 1977

"Love Gun", 1977

Personally, I don’t think it’s like either of those or any of their other albums from the 1970s.
I think it sounds more similar to their under-rated 1989 album “Hot In The Shade“…

"Hot In The Shade", 1989

"Hot In The Shade", 1989

I think “Hot In The Shade” is a very good album, and “Sonic Boom” reminds me a bit of it.

Those two albums have another similarity…”Hot In The Shade” is the only album to feature former drummer, the late Eric Carr, singing a new song (he sang vocals on the song “Beth” on the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits album…a song which the original KISS drummer, Peter Criss wrote and sang on).

On “Hot In The Shade“, Eric Carr sang lead vocals for the song “Little Caesar“.

And “Sonic Boom” is the first KISS album to feature current drummer Eric Singer and current lead guitarist Tommy Thayer each singing lead vocals on a new KISS song.
Eric Singer sings on “All For The Glory” and Tommy Thayer sings on the song “When Lightning Strikes“.

The track listing for “Sonic Boom“:

  1. Modern Day Delilah
  2. Russian Roulette
  3. Never Enough
  4. Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect)
  5. Stand
  6. Hot & Cold
  7. All For The Glory
  8. Danger Us
  9. I’m An Animal
  10. When Lightning Strikes
  11. Say Yeah

I’d say “Modern Day Delilah” and “All For The Glory” are the best songs on the album. But the whole album’s good!

Also, KISS have new costumes for the Sonic Boom Tour:

KISS 2009

KISS 2009

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11 Responses to “I got Sonic Boom”

  1. Metal Misfit September 20, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    LUCKY!

    No, I haven’t heard anything but “Modern Day Delilah” from it. I like that one a lot.

    • tokyo5 September 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

      I look forward to reading your review of Sonic Boom on your site!

  2. Sir Pent September 22, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    1 – You absolutely suck for getting it early.

    2- I hate how Gene compares EVERY album they release to a previously WELL REGARDED album. They could just talk about the process of how they wrote and recorded the songs.

    3- I purchased Ace Frehleys’ Anomaly late last week and am going to try and write a review on the http://www.lizardsfromafar.com website.

    • tokyo5 September 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

      >1 – You absolutely suck for getting it early.

      What’s that expression? “It’s who you know…!” :)

      >2- I hate how Gene compares EVERY album they release to a previously WELL REGARDED album.

      Well, of course he would. It’s his style.
      I wish it really was similar to Love Gun or Destroyer (or Revenge)!

  3. Sir Pent September 22, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    OK, I wrote a review of Ace Frehleys’ Anomaly:

    http://lizardsfromafar.com/2009/09/21/review-ace-frehley-anomaly/

    • tokyo5 September 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

      OK. I’ll check it out.

  4. Mrinal October 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Very good review.
    It sums up how I feel about the album.
    Do check my review of it:
    http://heavymech-tal.blogspot.com/2009/10/kiss-sonic-boom.html

    • tokyo5 October 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

      Thanks.

      I looked at your site.
      It looks fun! I think you have good taste in music!

  5. tokyo5 October 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Today is October 6…so Sonic Boom will on sale in the U.S. today.

  6. Mrinal October 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you do keep visiting my blog for more reviews

    • tokyo5 October 8, 2009 at 12:01 am #

      I will.
      And please visit my blog often too (and comment anytime).

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