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Gene Talks New Album

(from fearnet.com) By now you've heard some tasty hints about the new KISS album in the works (guitarist Tommy Thayer dropped some interesting info earlier this year), and now the God of Thunder himself, Gene Simmons, has confirmed via Metal Messiah's radio show "Heavy Metal Thunder" that the band has written a ton of new songs – apparently enough for two albums – and they're just about to head into the studio to begin recording them. We've got the latest info below the fold – as well as some interesting news about a potential reunion of the original band lineup – after the jump!

Excerpts from the show were posted on Blabbermouth.net, revealing the status of the follow-up to the 2009 smash Sonic Boom: "We start recording in three weeks," Gene said, calling the new record "the next step to Sonic Boom. Very similar... straight rock songs, no ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock." He also reported that the band will also be following the same path to songwriting, with most of the songs "written by the whole band together, so no outside writers, just the band doing what it did on the first three records: writing the songs ourselves." Apparently that stage is not only complete, but there are too many songs for one album: "We have about 20 to 25 things that look and sound good," Gene said.

Simmons also hinted at the possibility of a reunion of the band's original lineup, with guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Kriss sharing the stage with Gene and Paul Stanley for the first time since 1996: "There will be one more time when we play together," he explained. "Sometime in the future there's going to be a last show. Sometime in the future we'll be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There will be one more time when we do it together to honor the beginning." Time will tell if that happens for real...

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