by John Jeffrey
In 1985, KISS released "Asylum," touting it as their 20th record. In 2012, KISS has recalculated the counting of their catalog (no longer including the solo albums in their tally) and have announced "Monster" as their 20th studio album. Since "Asylum" was released, KISS started a trend whenever they had a new album coming out, where they would compare their upcoming release to something else that they had put out in the past. Usually, KISS would describe their "new" record as a cross between "Destroyer" and whatever else suited their fancy at the time. I always felt this was a bad idea, because it makes the fan conjure up a preconceived notion of how the record will sound, and if the release doesn't match their sonic hypothesis, it can leave a lot of room for disappointment. But let me tell ya, "Monster" does not disappoint.
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