REVIEW: KISS – “Hell or Hallelujah” single! (2012)

Stepping out of continuity: Part 5 of my series of Kiss reviews, this time on the BRAND NEW SINGLE, leading up to the release of Monster!

Yes, I know I forgot part 3.  It’s coming.  I just forgot to publish Dressed To Kill!

KISS – “Hell or Hallelujah” single (download only, 2012)

If you’re still hung up on Ace and Peter not being in the band anymore, just go away.  Get over it.  This sounds like Kiss.  Pure and simple Kiss.  Like the 70’s crossed with the speed of the 80’s.  Picture a song like “Take Me” with the velocity of “Under The Gun”.

Sticking to the seldom-broken formula of having a Paul song be the first single, “Hell or Hallelujah” kicks ass from start to finish.  I can’t say I prefer it to the first single from the previous album, “Modern Day Delilah”, but it’s certainly heavier.  I love the sound of Gene and Paul singing together.  The riff is retro-Kiss, and Paul is singing great.

Tommy Thayer shines, with a guitar solo that is less Ace and more Tommy.  Rather than rip off a bunch of Ace licks like he did last time, this solo reminds me more of something like Bob Kulick would have done back in the day.  Still Ace-like enough in general sound, but with much more dexterity.  Having said that I don’t think it strays too far from the classic Kiss sound, and it’s about time Tommy got to really show off his chops.

Clocking in at 4:06, and selling for $1.29 on iTunes, I can’t wait for a better sounding format.  The CD has to sound better than this!

4/5 stars

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