The news has been out for a while that Kiss is releasing a new album Sonic Boom on October 6 and that it’s a Wal-Mart exclusive. It follows the same format as Journey’s latest one with a disc of new songs, a disc of new recordings of old songs, and a live DVD.
Normally I wouldn’t care about this except that I heard one of the songs off the album, “Modern Day Delilah” on Kissonline, and it’s awesome. I would guess I have around 75% of what Kiss has released although I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Kiss fan. They’ve put out a lot of bad stuff over their career and the past few years it seems like they’ve just been phoning it in. The last good album they put out was Revenge (although I do have a soft spot for Carnival of Souls) and after Psycho Circus came out I pretty much gave up on them putting out anything good. Add to that Gene Simmons’ recent quote that it wasn’t worth making new music any more and I had written them off as a nostalgia act for the rest of their careers.
I hope the new song is a sign of how good the rest of the album is. It would be great if they put out a solid album with an edge with the four members really playing on it (not just saying they were). Hopefully they’ll put a couple more songs online, but at this point I’m planning on buying it the week it comes out.