Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings
Mar 4, 2014I refused to believe in the hype. I knew this wasn't going to be the "best KISS album in 30 years", however the promise of an happy band coming off a tour and into the studio excited me. I thought Paul producing was a plus. I thought this one would be a solid to good KISS album and would have been thrilled with that. But like a lot of Gene's & KISS' pronouncements of recent years (New costumes? New Stageshow? Neither looks too new to me fellas) it promises much, but under delivers. I've listened to this album in the car, in the shower, at home, on my iPod thingy, on my PC, loud and soft, to work, from work, long drives and short, in order and random, but it's just not there. Sigh. Look, I didn't get Live to Win either with it's sugary production, soft guitars and saccharine lyrics. It was so sweet and girly it made my teeth hurt, but in retrospect it does show where Paul is at as a producer and artist. So maybe it's me then, maybe I was expecting too much, maybe I've moved on, listening to Metallica and Motorhead and Motley Crue and Tesla and Iron Maiden, listening to these bands of my younger years that have progressed and grown whilst still staying heavy, which it seems KISS haven't on Sonic Boom. Or maybe in trying to capture that 70's sound, they've missed and captured "old".
So, on to Sonic Boom. Well it's all a bit... meh really. Sort of like Psycho Circus with the killer opening track that promises so much (Modern Day Delilah and Psycho Circus respectively) but has nothing really to follow it up. Bass sounds magnificent..magnificent i say!, but the guitars.... where are the damn guitars? Some guitars would have been nice. Song wise, this is probably Gene's best material since Creatures of the Night, but killer Paul songs (like the guitars) are absent from the proceedings. If you took the best parts of this, Psycho Circus, A$$hole and Live to Win, you'd have one great KISS album, but Sonic Boom on its own? One, MAYBE two songs you could picture them playing live but that's it, the rest is pretty much filler. Snore.
I always believed KISS had one more killer album in them, but this sure ain't it. 10/10? Nah, it's middle of the road, it's not good, it's not bad, it's Asylum not Creatures of the Night, it's Unmasked, not Destroyer, it's Music From The Elder, not Revenge. It's not a terrible album, its just... meh. . 5/10. Maybe next time hey?
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Dec 23, 2013This is one of the strongest album Kiss has released since their 1992 ,'Revenge',
The songs on this album are held together nicely and it is musically very strong. This album has the heavy moments of Creatures of the Night and Revenge. It also contains the cowbell 70's music of their debut album and later albums and also has many new and interesting songs that many have heard before. The second disc named ,'Kiss Klassics' has strong re-records of their old classics and and have a tight and strong new sound that is one of a kind!
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Apr 2, 2013Sonic Boom is extremely dissapointing. Gene Simmons' songs are usually weak. He's done it again. I've enjoyed Modern Day Delilah, All For the Glory and Say Yeah, but the rest of the album is weak. It's awful, but they've done worst (Music From the Elder; Animalize; Asylum; etc.). I think Destroyer is their only awesome album, from top to bottom. Sonic Boom is far from being close to Destroyer.… Full Review »