Sonic Boom Revised

Is It as good as It was..?

Sonic BoomAbout five years ago we got the great message that Kiss had decided to record again. Something that had been out of the question for a lot of years, because of Paul and Gene’s stance on downloading and file sharing. It was great new for a person like me that had been pretty pissed off because of that. I never understood why they in the period 2004-2008 seemed completely fine with being a heritage act.

I have probably never been so uncertain what to expect from a record. Would the band live up to their legacy or would we get an half hearted product like Psycho Circus always have been to me? That they had got Michael Doret to make the cover did not make the anticipation less exciting. And in October 2009 they let loose Sonic Boom on the world.

My first impression of the record was very positive. I probably raved more about Sonic Boom when It came out than I have ever done about any new Kiss record released since I became a fan in 1978. But how does the record hold up today? I find It quite interesting diving into the record after not having listen to It in a couple of months. Before that I had more or less listened to It weekly or daily since came out.

So let’s bring on Da Boom… Continue reading

Kiss ramblings – August 2012

God damn I hate this

Most Kiss fans I know have more or less been as anxious for the Destroyer Resurrected as to the release of Monster later in the year. And after the date of release had become official the build up had been a pretty for the release. It felt like the Kiss and Universal ‘press machine’ were working as It should. Sites like the Kiss Faq even followed up with a great interview with Bob Ezrin etc.

But then something happened. If It’s because somebody pushed a button they should not have done or what I’m not really sure of. Kiss Destroyer Resurrected was suddenly released as a US only release on iTunes. Over three weeks before the release date. WTF is that all about? In a world that where It’s more and more difficult to sell your music. Do you really want to piss off most of your buyers? Nice enough for the American fans who doesn’t want to buy physical media anymore. But what about those who do? And last but not least. What about all the people around the world who doesn’t have access to the US iTunes? Continue reading

Kiss in Oslo 2012

Summertime in the city

Well. There has not been much summer and I don’t live in a city. Even if they call the place I live in a city. It has been bloody cold and raining for the most of the summer. But It’s been eventful months as a Kiss fan and a really busy time. I even managed to get married with my wonderful girlfriend for ten years, now my wife.

Beside my wedding, the main event for me as a Kiss fan was the Kiss concert in Holmenkollen on June 30th. A concert I had been really looking forward to and was a little scared how would be. How would Paul’s voice hold out? Would he sound better than the concert in New Orleans earlier in the year. That concert did not live up to the expectations after Paul’s vocal surgery at all.

The “Kiss weekend” started on Friday the day before the concert. Kiss Army Norway was having a gathering for all Kiss fans on Rock In. I was not able to drink anything because I had to get up with early with the kids the day after. But I decided to take the car and go in to Oslo anyway. Kiss fan arrangements are not something that should be missed. It’s always fun to meet old and new friends and chat a little about Kiss even without alcohol. Continue reading