Creatures of the Nightby Kiss
By 1982's Creatures of the Night, Kiss had finally ditched their plans of becoming "respectable artists" (starting with 1979's Dynasty) and had come to the realization that they were a loud, no-holds-barred heavy metal band. Easily their best since 1977's Love Gun, Creatures of the Night contains very little filler and sounds as if Kiss had been reborn (it also includes one of the heaviest drum sounds ever captured in the studio by any rock band). The band is inspired and enthusiastic throughout, especially on such rockers as the opening title track, "Killer," "War Machine," "Saint and Sinner," and one of their great anthems, "I Love It Loud." Also included is one of Kiss' better ballads, "I Still Love You" (later featured on 1996's Unplugged set), as well as "Rock and Roll Hell," a song written about Ace Frehley, who would soon officially make his resignation from the band public. Guitarist Vinnie Vincent (real name: Vinnie Cusano) handles guitar duties here and was eventually named as Frehley's replacement, playing on the ensuing tour. Although Creatures of the Night deserved to be the album that put Kiss back on top of the charts, it performed below expectations (topping out at number 45), as did its tour. Hence, the album is one of Kiss' most underrated. It didn't take a genius to figure out that the makeup had grown stale and was now getting in the way of their music. The time had finally come for the band to unmask. [Creatures of the Night was later reissued in 1985 with a different cover (non-makeup) and remixed. But when all of Kiss' albums were remastered and re-released on CD in 1996, the original 1982 version was used.]
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Performance CreditsKiss Primary Artist
Ace Frehley Guitar,Musician,Group Member
Gene Simmons Bass
Paul Stanley Guitar,Group Member
Vinnie Vincent Invasion Guitar
Eric Carr Musician,Group Member
Shep Lonsdale Drums
Technical CreditsGene Simmons Producer
Paul Stanley Producer
Michael Barbiero Engineer
David Bianco Engineer
Niko Bolas Engineer,Drum Engineering
Michael James Jackson Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Mitchell Kanner Redesign
Kevin Eddy Engineer
Bernard Vidal Cover Photo
Yasuhito Kitai Liner Notes
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DIE-HARD KISS FANS EITHER REALLY LIKE THIS ALBUM, OR REALLY DON'T LIKE IT. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT IS A RETURN OF THE HEAVY IN YOUR FACE ROCK ALBUM KISS HAD MADE PREVIOUSLY WITH THE ALBUM TITLES SUCH AS ''LOVE GUN'' OR ''ROCK AND ROLL OVER'' OR ''DESTROYER'' EVERY SONG ON THIS ALBUM HAS AN EDGE TO IT. ''DANGER'', ''ROCK AND ROLL HELL'', ''WAR MACHINE'', ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CLASSIC GEMS ON THIS DISC. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS ALBUM, YOU MUST GO OUT NOW AND BUY IT. YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED
This is the most underrated Kiss album ever. The raw sound here is reminiscent of ''Rock & Roll over'', but much more precise & matured. Eric Carr really shines here, kind of like John Bonham with Zeppelin. I think the title track & ''War Machine'' are the top cuts here, but they are all good. It seems that the entire R&R industry was at a funny point @ the time of this release, it was deciding which direction to go. I think ''Creatures'' was a little ahead of its time.
this album is a good album this album and lick it up are the best of kiss 80s
I remember when this album first came out, Kiss was all but forgotten by most music fans. They were given up for dead in my high school. All of my friends were listening to Ozzy's first two solo releases. There is no denying, those are great, but I would put Creatures of the Night above and beyond that material. Bold statement there. I had no idea Kiss could sound this dark and heavy, and I was a huge fan. With the exception of God of Thunder, they've NEVER sounded like they do here. Some people have called this a return to the Kiss sound, which is not entirely accurate. They simply were not this heavy. Was it Eric Carr unleashing the double bass, Vinnie Vincent's songwriting, or the simple fact that Gene and Paul felt hungry again. I attribute it to Eric channeling John Bonham and letting the levee break here. You couldn't put this disc out with Peter Criss and achieve the same impact. Not to disrespect his efforts, he's just not equipped to pound like these songs demand. All you need to know about this disc can be found in the opening drum and guitar sequence on the first track. From there, it's an all out attack that never lets up until the final bass hum of War Machine. And get this, Bryan Adams actually had a hand in writing that song. I dont think I'll ever be able to wrap my brain around that. Do yourself a favor, if you're skeptical of Kiss' output, but you enjoy heavy metal. Buy this CD! If you're going to judge this by the fact that it wasn't popular at its time of release, you're missing out. Why does any of that matter to you anyway?
I agree with the previous listener who said this album was ahead of its time. If it had been released 3 or 4 years later when the thunderous heavy metal sound really began to emerge, it would have been one of the most popular heavy metal albums of all time. The album reminds me very much of the early to mid '80's Judas Priest sound, particularly ''Screaming for Vengeance''. I gave the album 4 1/2 instead of five stars only because some of the songs are not quite as heavy as others. When you listen to ''I Love It Loud'' and ''War Machine'' you will want to crank the volume up to 11 and ''I Still Love You'' is the heaviest power ballad I have ever heard! The sound is the best that KISS ever recorded by far, especially the thunderous drums of Eric Carr.
The most underrated KISS album, except perhaps for Carnival of Souls. The original cover was an obvious attempt to put some of the danger back into the band's image. The songs are all great. Eric Carr's drums are the best on a record since John Bonham.