Gene Simmons spread hype for the soon-to-be-released KISS album with some hyperbolic declarations this week: Speaking with Billboard, he promised that the new album is “either the best or one of the top three records we’ve done”.
Taking a page from the Foo Fighters’ efforts with 2011′s analog-based Wasting Light, Simmons also spoke about the organic nature of the recording process:
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, which is titled Monster and is due out in July, will apparently be available in a package including an oversized art book, which Simmons says could weigh 100 pounds. – “It’s something you can’t put on your coffee table, ’cause it’ll crush it. It IS the coffee table.”
The book will apparently feature paintings, drawings, and other art “inspired by KISS”. There’s a chance that they’ll play some of the new material on the gigantic co-headlining tour with Motley Crue this summer, but it depends on how strong the material is and how it holds up next to their classic songs:
Stay tuned for any new songs, artwork, images, or more lofty statements from Simmons or the rest of his KISS brethren.