When the greater majority of the music-buying world foolishly ignored Kiss' 1992 masterpiece 'Revenge,' the band seemingly decided, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" and hopped onto the down-tuned grunge movement, in their own special way.
The resulting album, 'Carnival of Souls,' was the band's heaviest since 1982's 'Creatures of the Night' and finds lead guitarist Bruce Kulick in particularly fine form.
Too bad none of these songs ever got their day on stage. Soon after the recording the album, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reunited with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for a massively successful world tour, and this project was shelved indefinitely.
Which actually, didn't turn out to be too long, as the record was released, now titled 'Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions,' in response to widespread bootlegging in 1997.
Highlights include the winding single 'Jungle,' the dynamic 'Master & Slave,' the melancholy 'Childhood's End, and Simmons in full demonic mode on lead track 'Hate' and the borderline thrashing of 'In My Head.'
Which Kiss 'Carnival of Souls' song did you enjoy the most? Think they should add any to their setlists?