Released: 1982, Mercury Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
With CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, we finally have the REAL Kiss back again!
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT is Kiss' strongest album by far since 1977's LOVE GUN. Except for “Saint and Sinner”, every song is an ass-kicker. “War Machine”, “Killer”, “I Love It Loud”, and “Rock and Roll Hell” give us Gene at his best--growling, snarling, and mean. Paul throws in what will be one of his best songs, “I Still Love You”. “Creatures of The Night”, “Keep Me Comin'”, and “Danger” are also great songs. It's too bad that we couldn't get one last song from Ace, though. I love the heavy bass and drums on this album; it's as if Kiss not only wanted to return as a heavy metal band but they wanted you to FEEL it, too!
New guitarist, Vinnie Vincent, really gave the band a shot in the arm. His presence is felt both in the song writing and definitely the guitars. I'm a big fan of Ace Frehley but KISS couldn't have come up with a better replacement than Vinnie. I've always believed that without the touch added by Vinnie Vincent on CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, Kiss may very well have sunk into the creative abyss, never to return again.