Gene Simmons made a July 4th announcement to KISS fans packed with info about the band's long-awaited upcoming album – which is still untitled as of this writing, but according to the mighty tongue himself, the recording process for the record's eleven tracks is “just a few steps from being completely done.” There's lots more below the fold, so hit the jump and shout it out loud!
"The entire writing and recording process of the album hearkened back to an earlier, more innocent time,” Simmons recalls in the new journal entry. “A time that produced albums such as Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun... the new songs have that feeling,” he reports.
Realizing that “we had nothing to prove to anyone,” Gene asserted that co-founder Paul Stanley had resolved from the outset that KISS would do an “honest” record, free from over-thinking or any outside influences. To that end, Paul decided he wanted to produce the album himself.
“While it's true in the past we had produced KISS records together,” Gene continues, “here was Paul saying he wanted to shoulder the responsibility and burden of steering the good ship KISS on his own... I saw it was real. I saw the commitment he was going to make to the album and the band... and I will tell you here and now, he's done a great job.”
Gene explained how the songwriting process involved Paul and himself writing separately “in hotel rooms and rehearsal halls, literally starting from scratch and throwing riffs and chords at each other... then working on melody and lyric[s]... starting alone, then bringing it into the rehearsal halls and even during recording, we would often critique the lyrics all the way down to the last minute.”
Gene also praises guitarist Tommy Thayer, who he claimed “really stepped up in the songwriting area” and also makes his lead singing debut on one of the songs. Drummer Eric Singer also earns kudos for his own vocal contributions.
He sums up the entry with the assertion that the new material could be “the best record we've done in 30 years. Bold statement? You bet... Wait till you hear it."