Volume 91, Issue 58

Tuesday, January 13, 1998

fun dipped


Kiss makes carnival of yawns

Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

Every time you turn around these days, yet another group of music icons from the '70s has reunited for one last kick at the can. From Fleetwood Mac to the Sex Pistols, a wave of '70s retro-rockers are cashing in on their legendary status. Not to be left out from this nostalgic movement, the proverbial '70s rock-icons, Kiss, have released what the band claims to be the final album.

Carnival of Souls consists of 12 tracks, all of which focus on a somber, angst-ridden theme. No single track stands out from the rest and listeners would be hard-pressed to determine where one song ends and the other begins if the customary two-second pauses were removed.

Although some tracks like "Hate" and "Master and Slave" are more hard-driving and will please the die-hard metal-head, even these songs fail to pack any lasting punch. As a result, the album sounds more like something one would expect from a new-age thrash band than from a classic rock legend.

This album is clearly not aimed or intended for the faithful Kiss fans who have watched the band develop over the past 25 years. There are no remnants of the high-energy glam rock sounds that propelled the band to legendary status. Instead, the album more than likely represents Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's musical interpretation of life as we approach the end of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, after achieving the success that Kiss has, the legions of fans have become accustomed to a specific sound so an experimental album like Carnival of Souls will no doubt disappoint. True fans would be better served by purchasing one of the band's several greatest hits albums than this last divergent musical foray.

–Rod Refcio

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