Remastered re-release of the tenth full-length studio album by legendary American Horror/Glam Metal/Hard Rock band.
“Creatures Of The Night” represented a conscious effort by KISS to return to the Hard Rock style that had helped them achieve commercial success with "Destroyer" and "Love Gun". Their Pop-oriented albums "Dynasty" and "Unmasked" had started a decline in popularity that reached Rock bottom with 1981's "Music from The Elder". By 1982, KISS knew it needed to deliver on their earlier 1980–81 promise of a heavy record.
“Creatures Of The Night” was the band's last for Casablanca Records, the only label for which KISS had recorded up to that point. The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early KISS supporter Neil Bogart, who had died of cancer during the recording sessions. It is also the band's last album recorded with Ace Frehley credited as an official member and their first album with Vinnie Vincent as the initially-uncredited lead guitarist (Vincent would later be credited but not featured on the cover of the 1985 reissue of the album). It was also KISS' last album to feature the band with their trademark makeup until "Psycho Circus" was released.
The first key ingredient was songwriter/guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was soon to replace Ace Frehley as the band's new lead guitarist. Though Frehley did not play on the album, his face was still featured on the album cover for contractual and commercial reasons. Frehley had been pushing the band to do a heavy Rock record since "Dynasty", and by the time of "Creatures Of The Night" he was fully disillusioned with the band, and that combined with alcoholism and a prescription medicine dependency (begun after a car wreck) led to his leaving the band during the recording sessions. On the tour, Vincent was introduced with his Egyptian Ankh make-up, designed in a hurry by Paul Stanley. In 1985, KISS re-released the album in their non-make-up state with a cover featuring Gene Simmons, Stanley, Eric Carr and then-current guitarist Bruce Kulick (even though Kulick did not play on the album). Vinnie Vincent had long since departed the band (being twice fired) by 1985.
KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all the time, having sold more than 75 000 000 records worldwide, including 25 000 000 RIAA-certified albums.
KISS also holds the title as America's #1 Gold record award-winning band of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Band has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.
On April 10, 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS was ranked by MTV as the ninth "Greatest Metal Band of All Time", and placed tenth on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, as well as being ranked as the third "Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time" by Loudwire.
"Creatures Of The Night" would not attain Gold status until 1994. The album would receive critical recognition with both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazines placing the album at #5 on their lists of best hard rock albums in 1982. Carr noted in an interview that "Creatures Of The Night" is his favorite KISS record that he played on. Simmons and Stanley, who have generally been dismissive of the band's post-1977 albums, considered "Creatures Of The Night" to be one of their stronger efforts.
"Creatures Of The Night" was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 9, 1994. It also was certified Gold in Brazil in 1983, for sales of 100 000 copies.
"Creatures Of The Night" was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version.
KISS Catalog, Ltd./Mercury Records, a PolyGram Company, 1982/1997/2014 (378 645-2). Made in EU. Pressed in Germany.
1. Creatures Of The Night 4:03
2. Saint And Sinner 4:49
3. Keep Me Comin' 3:55
4. Rock And Roll Hell 4:12
5. Danger 3:56
6. I Love It Loud 4:15
7. I Still Love You 6:06
8. Killer 3:19
9. War Machine 4:13
Total playing time: 39:05 min.