I like monsters

25 Aug

KISS has announced that they will release an album of all new songs sometime next year (2012) titled “Monster“.

KISS...still the hottest band in the world!

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked monsters.

When I watched the Disney cartoon “Peter Pan” as a child, for example, I didn’t care for Peter Pan or any of his friends. They were too “regular”.
Unlike Peter Pan with his pansy outfit and little knife, Captain Hook had a sword and a sharp hook instead of a hand.
(Admittedly though, Peter Pan could fly, which would be fun and Hook didn’t dress much better than Peter Pan.)
Captain Hook was the first movie character that frightened me…and even at that young age I enjoyed being frightened a bit.

Who cares about a practical prosthetic when you can have one that puts the fear of god in people?!

When I was a bit older, I saw Star Wars for the first time.  I was only seven years old when the first movie in the series was released, so I was a bit too young to fully understand the story.  But I still  enjoyed it a lot.  Especially when “Darth Vader” made his entrance!
Luke Skywalker was the hero…but Darth Vader stole every scene in was in.

The "Dark Side"

And of course I’ve always like the “traditional” monsters…Frankenstein’s Monster, The Werewolf, and Dracula.

And when I came to Japan, I learned about 妖怪 (Japanese monsters).

"Ge-ge-ge Kitaro" is Japanese cartoon inspired by traditional Japanese monster and ghost stories.

Even my favorite superhero character has always been “The Incredible Hulk“. He’s anger-incarnate. A huge pissed-off monster! The coolest of the superheroes.

Hulk will smash even Superman

Even the music I listen to reflects my interest in monsters.
I like heavy metal music. There’s a reason that the soundtracks to many horror movies are full of heavy metal music…heavy metal is to music as horror is to movies.

If you’re not interested in heavy metal, you may not know that that genre of music is further divided into sub-genres.
The sub-genre of metal music that I like the most is “Shock Rock“. It’s just as visual as it is musical. Shock Rock artist—such as KISS, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Lordi—often look like monsters.

Alice Cooper

Anyways, as I mentioned at the top of this post, KISS will be releasing a new album soon.  The last time they they released a new album was about two years ago…it was titled “Sonic Boom“.

As I mentioned, KISS‘s new album will be titled “Monster“.  It’s an excellent album title…I can’t believe they haven’t used it before!

So far only five song titles have been confirmed by the band.  They are: “Hell Or Hallelujah”, “Born To Be A Sinner”, “Out Of This World”, “Are You Ready?”, and “Wall Of Sound”.

I’m looking forward to getting this album.

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6 Responses to “I like monsters”

  1. Dan Tsukasa / 司 ダン (@Dan_Tsukasa) August 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    It’s quite funny that you should mention monsters, as I recently began designing a game based around Kodama and other Yokai (some are featured in GeGeGe no Kitarou too).

    Monsters have always interested me too, as a child I was raised with Godzilla movies, and began watching movies such as ‘beast of 50,000 fathoms, and pretty much every monster/dinosaur movie of the 60’s upt to the 90’s and I still watch some now (I won the King Kond DVD box sets for example).

    Any information you have on Yokai would be really good research for me, although I can read some Japanese, most stories about Yokai have a LOT of Kanji thats too difficult for me to read unfortunatly. T___T

    • tokyo5 August 27, 2011 at 12:29 am #

      >I recently began designing a game

      What type of game? A computer game? Online?

      >Any information you have on Yokai would be really good

      Have you seen this website?

  2. metalodyssey August 28, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    “Monster” is an excellent album title for KISS! Whoa Yeah! \m/ I share in your Metal excitement. :)

    I used to collect trading cards when I was a kid. King Kong, Star Wars and my favorite: “Creature Feature” trading cards. These were printed in black & white due to their depicting the vintage black & white monster/horror movies of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

    The silent film version of “Phantom of the Opera” and the original “Night of the Living Dead” are my top 2 favorite horror/monster movies of all-time. “Creature From The Black Lagoon” is a classic too. Aw, heck, there are too many to mention… you know what I mean there! ;)

    • tokyo5 August 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      >I used to collect trading cards when I was a kid. King Kong, Star Wars and my favorite: “Creature Feature”

      I’ve never seen “King Kong” or “Creature Feature” cards! But the King Kong movies and Creature Feature TV show were great!

      In the ’70s, I used to collect Star Wars cards too…and KISS cards! I wish I had kept them all…they’d be valuable, I bet!

      >“Phantom of the Opera” and the original “Night of the Living Dead” are my top 2 favorite horror/monster movies

      I think “JAWS” is the best horror movie!

  3. angrygaijin September 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Do you know the Monster Mash? A silly song – but awesome nevertheless.

    • tokyo5 September 3, 2011 at 12:20 am #

      I don’t remember the lyrics at all, but I used to hear that song at Halloween-time when I was little.

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