ASYLUM was Kiss' first LP with guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Kiss: Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Bruce Kulick (guitar); Gene Simmons (bass); Eric Carr (drums).
Principally recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Robert V. Conte.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Sterling Sound, New York, New York).
Following the departure of Ace Frehley in 1982, a revolving door of lead guitarists began which concluded with Bruce Kulick, whose tenure in the group lasted longer than Ace's. Bruce had played with a younger, harder edged Michael Bolton and his style of speedy yet emotive playing fit right in with Kiss' style.
Produced by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, ASYLUM retains the raw power of the previous 80's Kiss records, yet also contains a pop element that those records did not. The music is tight, and lyrically, well, if sex sells, then Kiss cashed in. While "King of the Mountain" and "I'm Alive" continue Paul Stanley's knack for penning upbeat, positive songs about living life to the fullest and "Trial By Fire" also shows Gene's determined outlook on life, much of the record focuses on the band's sexual exploits. While Paul and Gene never professed to be Rodgers and Hammerstein, they do know how to write a fun rock album. With much party music included, crank this album as you enter Kiss' asylum.
- Genre: Pop
- Format: Vinyl
- Released: 5/13/2014