The artwork for the new KISS single, “Hell Or Hallelujah”, can be seen below. The track, which is expected to be released next week, was previously described by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley as “uptempo” and “very definitive.”
“Hell Or Hallelujah” comes off KISS‘ new album, “Monster”, which is scheduled for a fall release. The CD was again produced by the Stanley and is, in KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons‘ words, “either the best or one of the top three records we’ve ever done. It’s like ‘Revenge’ meets ‘Destroyer’ — just guitar and drums, nothing else. No keyboards, no little boys’ choir, no strings, no nothing. Band-written; literally we’d get in and strum guitars like the old days.” The album “was written very fast,” according to Simmons and includes one track, “Are You Ready?”, that he describes as, “an old song that was torn apart and re-written.” Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include “It’s A Long Way Down”, “Back To The Stone Age”, “Shout Mercy”, “Out Of This World” and “Wall Of Sound”.
“I wasn’t interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly,” Stanley told Classic Rock magazine. “The band’s all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that’s essential. That’s what made [2009's] ‘Sonic Boom’ so great, and this album is thunderously better.”
“Monster” will be accompanied by a “monstrous book” of the same name, an over-sized art book that Simmons told Billboard magazine “should weigh 100 pounds or more” and come with its own stand. “It’s something you can’t put on your coffee table, ’cause it’ll crush it. It IS the coffee table.”