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Kiss “Born Again” With Walmart’s “Sonic Boom”: Band Talks New LP

“Is there any way to play it back on a man’s level?” says Gene Simmons, requesting more volume and rolling his eyes at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Kiss are finishing up Sonic Boom, the band’s first new studio album in 11 years, and the God of Thunder wants to hear the songs played back at maximum loudness.

The band announced today that the 11-song Sonic Boom will be released October 6th in the U.S. and Canada exclusively in Walmart stores. The album will be part of a three-disc set that includes a CD of re-recorded greatest hits and a live DVD from a recent tour stop in Buenos Aires. “The world’s biggest retailer,” Simmons boasts in a statement, “had better get ready for the hottest band in the world and hire more cashiers.” The band will celebrate the new LP at a September 25th gig at Detroit’s Cobo Arena.

Back at the studio, Simmons and lifetime musical partner Paul Stanley radiate supreme confidence as they reveal the new songs, which reflect the same charged in-your-face sensibility, if not the actual sound, of their classic ’70s work. The album was produced by Stanley and is the first to feature the current lineup of guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.

“We couldn’t have made this album without Eric and Tommy. I’ve known Eric now for 20 years. He’s been in and out of the band, and the best times are when he’s in.” says Stanley.

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Kiss started jamming and collecting song ideas in December, and by the spring began recording as a band live in the studio to analog tape. “Modern Day Delilah” is classic hard rock with thundering guitars and a wailing Stanley vocal. There’s a ’70s guitar grind to “Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect),” and thundering pop hooks within “Russian Roulette,” as Simmons sings, “You got me where you want me . . . take a bite,” before unleashing a ripping Thayer solo.

Sonic Boom track list:

“Modern Day Delilah”
“Russian Roulette”
“Never Enough”
“Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect)”
“Hot and Cold”
“All for the Glory”
“Danger Us”
“I’m an Animal”
“When Lightning Strikes Say Yeah”

Kiss Klassics:
“Detroit Rock City”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“Hotter Than Hell”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Love Gun”
I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
Heaven’s On Fire”
“Lick It Up”
“I Love It Loud”
“Christine Sixteen”
“Do You Love Me?”
“Black Diamond”
“Rock and Roll All Nite”

Kiss: Live In Buenos Aires DVD:
“Hotter Than Hell”
“C’Mon and Love Me”
“Watchin’ You”
“100,000 Years”
“Rock and Roll All Nite”

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