Though they’re just shy of the 40–year mark since the release eponymous debut album, but believe it or not, hard rocker icons KISS are set to release their 20th studio album, Monster, on October 16.
“The band is more focused than ever,” Simmons told Rolling Stone. “The weather looks great for the band – reinvigorated, redefined, refocused and reborn.”
Although Simmons and lead singer/guitarist Paul Stanley are the band’s only original members, Monster marks the second consecutive album, (2009’s Sonic Boom) with the current lineup rounded out by drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. Simmons boldly insists the new album ranks up there with some of the notoriously outlandish crew’s finest work. “If this was a first record by a new band, I’d be floored,” he says.
The album was recorded in the greater Los Angeles area and was co-produced by Stanley and Greg Collins. Though it’s been ready for a few months, Simmons says there was no point in rushing out it out. “Just because you have a lot of ammunition doesn’t mean you have to shoot your wad right away,” he says. “You have to pace yourself.”