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EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1982, it was imperative for Kiss to return to their hard rock roots or risk being remembered as a ‘70s hard rock group whose career had ended there. Previous decisions to court disco and pop (1979’s Dynasty and its hit “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and 1980’s Unmasked) had worked briefly and then flamed out. The band’s ill-conceived concept album Music from "The Elder" further made them look like a band hopelessly out of touch with their audience. Yet with the injection of new guitarist Vinnie Vincent and the John Bonham–like attack of drummer Eric Carr, Kiss were armed and ready to record their “heaviest” album to date. (Contractually, album covers still showed guitarist Ace Frehley.) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons grabbed the vocal reins, singing all the songs on a Kiss album for the first time. Tracks like the title song, “Saint and Sinner,” “Keep Me Comin’,” and the hit “I Love It Loud” showed no signs of weakness. Even future pop-rocker Bryan Adams was brought in to help write “Rock and Roll Hell” and “War Machine.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1982, it was imperative for Kiss to return to their hard rock roots or risk being remembered as a ‘70s hard rock group whose career had ended there. Previous decisions to court disco and pop (1979’s Dynasty and its hit “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and 1980’s Unmasked) had worked briefly and then flamed out. The band’s ill-conceived concept album Music from "The Elder" further made them look like a band hopelessly out of touch with their audience. Yet with the injection of new guitarist Vinnie Vincent and the John Bonham–like attack of drummer Eric Carr, Kiss were armed and ready to record their “heaviest” album to date. (Contractually, album covers still showed guitarist Ace Frehley.) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons grabbed the vocal reins, singing all the songs on a Kiss album for the first time. Tracks like the title song, “Saint and Sinner,” “Keep Me Comin’,” and the hit “I Love It Loud” showed no signs of weakness. Even future pop-rocker Bryan Adams was brought in to help write “Rock and Roll Hell” and “War Machine.” 

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