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Artist: KISS

Title: Revenge

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KISS Revenge Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1992

Label: Mercury

Catalog Number: 848 037-2


Paul Stanley lead vocals, guitar
Bruce Kulick guitars
Eric Singer drums, backing vocals
Gene Simmons lead vocals, bass


1.  Unholy  3:40
2.  Take it Off  4:50
3.  Tough Love  3:44
4.  Spit  3:32
5.  God Gave Rock ' Roll To You II  5:18
6.  Domino  4:01
7.  Heart of Chrome  4:02
8.  Thou Shalt Not  3:59
9.  Every Time I Look at You  4:38
10.  Paralyzed  4:14
11.  I Just Wanna  4:07
12.  Carr Jam 1981  2:46
Total Running Time:  48:51

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From: T-BONE Date: August 15, 2001 at 13:43
My favorite Kiss cd to date. Killer guitar work on Bruce's part and a huge bow to Eric Singer on his drumming. Opening track Unholy was a monster and continued right on through to the Carr Jam.

From: mojo Date: January 15, 2002 at 19:58
Best Kiss album since LICK IT UP!A harder edge than their last few efforts.Awesome album from the GODS OF ROCK N ROLL!

From: Tony Date: May 6, 2002 at 11:23
Great album and great tour. Gene finally writes SONGS and Bruce's playing is unbelievable!! Everything you hear about this cd is true, probably the best non-makeup era Kiss album and Ezrin's production just makes it heavy and dark as shit. Has that evil "Destroyer" sound to it. For as great as Carr was Singer shows him no lack of respect by playing his ass off on this. Put "Psycho Circus" next to this and watch "Psycho" wilt in embarrasment!!!!

From: JapLance Date: May 31, 2002 at 5:33
CHAPEAU!!.My favourite Kiss ever

From: James Date: August 28, 2002 at 18:30
I think after this album (one of the best KISS put out) they lost a lot of creativity and the band has been on a down hill slide ever since. The "Original Band" was in reality a bad deal in the long run for Kiss. If Bruce and Eric were never booted out how many new KISS albums would we have now? If this album was an indication we have truly missed out on some great music and were left with the same greatest hits alubm over and over. Get This album for some great Rock. 9/10 easy

From: RichieRocker Date: September 16, 2002 at 22:02
Kick ass rock album. "Take it off" I just Wanna" and so much more. Crank the shit out of "UNholy" it will blow up your speakers. A lot of heavy rockers on this one, dont pass this one up get it as soon as possible. Also check out "God GAve Rock n Roll to you" its awesome.

From: TIM Date: September 16, 2002 at 23:27
I really liked this album but I thought Domino was weak here. I like the Alive 3 version better.

From: Richard H. Date: September 27, 2002 at 2:05
Great c.d. just wish there were more songs on this one.Contains the best version of "I was Made for Loving You".

From: Richard H. Date: September 27, 2002 at 2:08
sorry about the blunder , the above review was for the AliveIII release.On Revenge......Gene rules......Updated Kiss to coincide with the grunge era.

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 0:04
Just about the best KISS release ever. Unholy is awesome.

From: iNjEcTtheVeNoM Date: January 21, 2003 at 17:28
a total reversal from"hot"..the first 3 songs could get a convent rocking,"domino"is the sleazy perverted gene simmons we all know n luv,"everytime.."is more heartfelt than most ballads"thou shalt not"sounds like it could have been on "love gun"(a good thing)..even the filler stuff is pretty good.hungry.pissed off,and sleazy..now THATS kiss!

From: robert Date: January 21, 2003 at 19:40
joer! como me gustan estos dinosaurios, son la Ostia!! es como el vino, cuanto mas viejo mejor jjj OLE VUESTROS COJONES kiss, Y VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH, JOURNEY, TOTO, CHICAGO(no meo), FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE...ETC ETC ETC....

From: ME AGAIN Date: March 29, 2003 at 22:37
leave it to KISS,just when you think they are all washed up,over the hill has-beens.....POW!!!!!THEY KICK YA IN THE FUCKIN TEETH!!!admit it...you like this album!!!

From: CHIRO Date: April 9, 2003 at 20:56

From: jeff Date: May 21, 2003 at 22:11
The all-time rulers of time, space, and dimension get their groove back!! Bruce finds that he does have a set. Eric Singer is by far the best drummer the band has ever had.

From: Richierocker Date: May 22, 2003 at 3:09
In my opinion it's Eric Carr who was the best drummer for KISS. But to each his own. Rock On!!

From: Metal T Date: October 30, 2003 at 21:51
They should of let Vinnie Vincent write all of it !

From: robert Date: October 30, 2003 at 22:00
Muy muy Bueno!! pa mi d lo mejorcito q han echo en mucho tiempo estos genios!!!

From: Dusty Date: November 11, 2003 at 6:55
their best!! the sound is awesome, the tunes are all great, not a bad song on this one. they should have stayed to this sound and stayed with this formation of the band. Bruce Kulick is great !!

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 2, 2004 at 16:03
My favorite non-makeup KISS album. Loud as hell, raunchy as hell, heavy as hell. The most "metal" KISS album since CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. Worth every penny.

From: musicman3 Date: February 9, 2004 at 16:46
I am a metalhead by nature. Hell, Dynasty was my first heavy album (at the age of nine). Progessed from early Kiss & AC/DC to Maiden and Priest to Slayer, Metallica & Pantera to Sanctuary/Nevermore & even several death & goth metal bands in the past year. I picked "Revenge" out of my collection this morning. To give it a spin at work. Let's listen to some Kiss, I thought. I forgot how killer this album is! Definitely contains the heaviest guitar/drum lines. Writing is cool. Great energy! A 9/10

From: Apoc_DOP Date: February 14, 2004 at 22:56
This album shows major growth. I wish they had stayed in this groove! My third favorite album(behind DESTROYER and CREATURES). Gene is back writing and it shows. Bob Ezrin is producing and that shows too. It is a shame that this was the end of KISS trying. After the reunion, they stopped trying. Psycho Circus was a flagrant sham. Lost Sessions only got them law suits for plagerism. This was the last great KISS album. Shed a tear! Nothing new, or original will come after this.

From: John Date: April 16, 2004 at 11:14
The best Kiss album ever, by far. They should have retired after this; as far as I'm concerned, they did. I refuse to own any of the crap they have done in the past 10 years.

From: jack Date: June 24, 2004 at 5:18
one of the best hard rock/metal albums in the 90's along with Gun'N'Roses's use your illusion 1 and 2 and skid row's slave to the grind.God gave rock and roll to you 2 is the best piece of rock anthems since we're not gonna take it by twisted sister. I would gladly buy this cd even if its over 30 aussie dollars!

From: Big Papa K Date: June 27, 2004 at 0:49
Good comeback album after a less than stellar string of albums in the 80's. They show some of Skid Row influence on here and show they can rock as hard as always ("Unholy", "Take It Off", and "I Just Wanna"). 8/10

From: Dean Date: June 30, 2004 at 22:37
"Unholy" easily ranks as one of the best Kiss tunes ever. The only track on here that i didn't care for was "God gave rock n roll to you II" Awesome album 9/10

From: Rycheage Date: July 9, 2004 at 21:30
After "Destroyer" and "Creatures" this is the definitive KISS album. Fantastic from start to finish and shows what the band was capable of when they really tried. "Unholy", "Domino", "I Just Wanna" and the impeccable ballad "Every Time I Look At You" just excite the senses to no end. Highly recommended, this one.

From: Geoff Date: January 17, 2005 at 5:37
'Heart of chrome' and 'Though shalt not' are killer slabs of hard rock. 'Everytime I look at you' is lame, but somewhat likable. 'Take it off' and 'I just wanna' are both cool tracks for similar reasons and overall I really must say this is a pretty damn good hard rock CD.

From: pt88 Date: January 20, 2005 at 14:06
I really loved the spicy gtr by Bruce. Probably one of my faves. Again it's hard to get away from the usual stupid lyrics..I just wanna fuh ..(repeat) The song actually comes from a Eddie Cochran song that in my opinion is just a little to close. The tour wasn't that much of a success and when I had front row in Dayton the energy seemed seriously lacking. Sometimes live acts have an exchange of energy from the crowd. Never in all my life was the energy that dull. I can't believe I'm saying this.

From: Big Mike Date: February 17, 2005 at 12:46
Good Album, heavy. The last time KISS fans would rejoice before they cranked up the money making machine. Of course the scene had changed and grunge was now what the public wanted (clever marketing as grunge was shit). Of course Gene knew times had changed so he needed to find new ways of making money. Why not a reunion tour and a shitload of rehashed material. We all ate that shit up. Anyway, I can bitch all day. Revenge has a darker production but is a solid release. Eric is a great drummer.

From: LUST Date: March 19, 2005 at 1:26
Amazing work - quality work from start to finish. How much money do you need Gene??? Take off the make-up and get back to writing kick ass music like this again!!!!!

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 23, 2005 at 3:10
Domino is the same as Black N Blue's Nasty Nasty. Wonder why because of Gene's imput. I have been hard on Gene because of his lame contibutions on HOT IN THE SHADE, ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS but this he steps up with some of Kiss' best songs to date. Unholy is a kick in the balls few expected. Would of liked to seen them continue with this momentum instead of going back and milking the fans money with stupid coffins and no real album since this except Psycho Circus.

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: June 26, 2007 at 18:45
BRUTAL!! Aqui KISS recuperan la fuerza y agresividad que se veían perdidas en HOT IN THE SHADE: "Unholy" en plan heavy matador!; "Take It Off" con un Paul Stanley a lo grande!; "Tough Love" muestra a KISS en plena forma; "God Gave Rock & Roll Tou You" es sorprendente; "Domino" es una buena muestra de creatividad de Simmons; la bella balada "Everytime I Look At You"; el sonido un tanto psicodélico de "Paralized"; la tremenda "I Just Wanna" y por último la póstuma "Carr Jam 1981". BUENISIMO!

From: edwithmj Date: August 22, 2008 at 15:40
I bought this one purely for God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You and apart from Unholy, I was completely disappointed with this. It's nothing like Love Gun, Rock And Roll Over or Crazy Nights and was mostly boring. Frankly, I'm surprised by the comments on here praising this.

From: pie75 Date: July 27, 2010 at 0:25
well edwithmj did you really listen to this at all or did you have ear plugs in? to put it bluntly if you don't like this you don't like rock and roll from bruce's first chords of unholyright to the end of the memerable thundering drum solo in carr jam this album rocks and rocks hard gene sounds inspired and back on the kiss planet his songs unholy,domino,thal shoult not are top shelf and to hear him and paul share vocals again on spit and god gave rock and roll to you 2 was superb and pauls voice what a voice it cranks out on take it off and heart of chrome great songs and i just wanna was also cool there are a few albums of kiss you give to people to get them into them and this is one of them if they had make up on when they made this it would've been even bigger simple as that argualably their best

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 27, 2010 at 10:31
"Nothing like Crazy Nights?" GOOD!

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 8, 2011 at 7:59
All would-be musicians, please take note: "Unholy" is the way you start off a heavy rock album. After the fans complained about a string of lackluster efforts, Kiss fired back with this album, easily their finest--and heaviest--hour.

From: Ydol eM Date: August 7, 2013 at 13:51
I remember the time when Kiss was going to publish their new album called Revenge. I and all my friends expected another "crazy night" but what surprise was when Mtv released the single "Unholy". Raw hard rock far away from their late 80s. Of course, we were rather disappoined but only till we listened to the whole album. There is a mix of solid hard rock (as mentioned) with arena heavy rock tracks and I must admit it still works. Much better than their next efforts. 80/100.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 1, 2014 at 14:30
This is a cool rocking album for sure!!!...most of the songs have a very good grooving feel ...best ones for me are "Unholy","God Gave Rock & Roll to You","Domino","Heart Of Chrome","Thou Shalt Not" & "Carr Jam 1981"(a well deserved little tribute to Eric Carr)...recommended album...90/100

From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 13:01
Time to expand: Unholy tries so hard to be hard n' heavy but it just does nothing for me. Take it Off has a decent riff but I just find it forgettable - Kiss were obviously running out of ideas. Spit has a terrible country-rock vibe to it, and coupled with Gene's vocals, I find it to be the worst track on this album. God Gave Rock N' Roll To You is the only track I can come back to here and that's only because it's a cheese-fest and Kiss didn't even write the song either! To be honest, I can never remember how the rest of the album goes as it's so forgettable and I've given this album a fair few chances. Very average hard rock, which apart from Crazy Nights, is high praise for Kiss.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 16:31
I get that you don't particularly like Kiss, dude, which is fine. But where do you hear country-rock in "Spit," other than Gene's singing accent? For that matter, what's this "rockabilly" sound you keep hearing through the band's career? Because they often used slap-back delay? Sometimes your comments seriously make me scratch my head.

From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 17:08
I do like Kiss, it's just that they're horrendously overrated and I spent a lot of time trying to get into them until I realised most of their songs are filler-garbage (except for Crazy Nights, which remains one of my all-time favourite albums). Rockabilly? Some of their songs from their earlier career sound like they belong in the 50s and early 60s and rockabilly is just my way of expressing that. As far as Spit goes, I guess I was referring to the singing accent. Domino for that matter also has a country-ish vibe that I can't stand. I just detest this dull, lifeless album.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 21:51
Well, we agree on some things, such as Kiss's catalog being full of filler. As for the country thing, I think they're trying to sound more like black bluesmen. I like Revenge, personally, and count it as one of their few worthwhile albums after their '70's heyday. My very favorite Kiss album, though, is Creatures Of The Night, hands down.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 22:41
Time to exxpand, as the man says. After (admittedly) huffing and puffing after the pack through much of the '80's, Kiss tries to make a bold statement in '92, releasing what would be their heaviest album in a decade. For the most part, they were successful, but, as with almost all Kiss albums, it has a few throwaway tracks. "Unholy" is the first single, and the heaviest song they'd done since "War Machine." Lyrics are silly (big surprise!), but the song itself is catchy and good. "I Just Wanna" was the second single (because Paul didn't want two consecutive Gene-sung singles to start the album cycle), and is another winner from its first line, even though its chorus hinges on a stupid joke ("Is he saying fuck?") "Domino" was supposed to be the second single, but as noted, wound up being the third, another Gene song about statutory rape. Sung by an ugly bastard on the wrong side of 40, it's no longer funny, and the spoken part--"That bitch bends over and I forget my name"--is just crass

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 22:46
... rather than clever. "Spit" is likewise sleazy in the wrong way, in "praiise" fat girls. Bruce Kulick sneaks a snippet of the Star Spangled Banner into his solo. We'd already heard "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II" the previous year in that second Bill and Ted movie that had a cool soundtrack but which bombed at the box office, but it was a minor MTV hit, so it shows up here too. Paul sings a juvenile strip-club song and a sappy ballad, and Gene bashes religion on "Thou Shalt Not." Eric Carr gets a drum solo because he died. My pick for sleeper of the album is the almost funky "Paralyzed."

From: $$ixx Date: July 11, 2020 at 16:44
As much as Singer is a good drummer, it would have been so cool if Carr got better and performed on this great collection of songs. Finally after 10 years of 50% paychecks, but really poor songs by Simmons, he started to focus once more. Gary Corbett said he finally left the Kiss touring band after the initial Revenge run, since he had a hard time accepting the heartless treatment that the deadly sick Eric Carr received from Paul+Gene, before he died. And Gary was close with the band, so I am sure he knows. (It's also mentioned in the amazing book by Carl Linnaeus). Instead of time and support by his hospital bed, P+G handed Carr a resignation contract. Bruce knows too, money always came first. Therefore it is surprising that Gene got as much as Paul during the 80s. Paul, the real musician and singer in Kiss, sang very well for 2 decades, with Revenge being the last killer album they ever did. Bruce plays fantastic here. On YouTube the "Eric Carr - Tale Of The Fox" is recommended.

From: Auslander Date: May 6, 2021 at 5:29
I'm gonna finish my best of each year of the Glory Years of hard rock 1982-1992 with...Kiss! Seems fitting. There were good releases by Saigon Kick, Jackyl, Wildside, Black Crowes, Extreme and especially Ugly Kid Joe but I think Revenge was the best album of 1992 overall. First up the best track is the menacing Unholy which is maybe Gene's best ever vocal. Take It Off and I Just Wanna are great Kiss tracks. Domino may be the second best on the album. An inspired cover of Argent's God Gave Rock N Roll to You is better than the original. All in all, a great album in 1992 from an unexpected source. Grade A.

From: guitarrizer Date: May 6, 2021 at 7:21
Hi Auslander! That's good you are still discovering good music. "Revenge" is an excellent release for sure, but there's a long list missing in your comment. Wildside, Dream Theater, Hardline, Yngwie Malmsteen, Def Leppard, Lillian Axe, Giant, FireHouse, Von Groove, Pretty Maids, Great White... all of them gave us some of their best releases ever

From: Auslander Date: May 6, 2021 at 9:13
Good bands there and I have many of their albums. Which one do you think is better overall in 1992? 🙂

From: guitarrizer Date: May 6, 2021 at 9:48
Auslander, I love all of them almost equally Overall, please check Dream Theater's "Images And Words" first, this album is incredible and timeless. It's a mix of hard rock and progressive rock and it's ultra melodic. The producer was the same as for FireHouse debut - David Prater. Sorry for my English (not a native speaker).

From: Auslander Date: May 6, 2021 at 13:45
Fair enough Guitarrizer. I didn't include Dream Theater in my hard rock considerations as I have always thought of them more as prog. In doing this list for fun, picking my ultimate album year by year from that awesome decade I had to agonise over some choices, but I am still happy with Revenge as my choice for 1992, even if I tend to play Wildside more these days.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 25, 2021 at 12:45
The thing with this album was, it was intended as kind of a musical comeback. Hot In The Shade spawned the band's biggest hit since the '70's, but is near the bottom of most fans' ranking of their albums. By getting back with Bob Ezrin and Vinnie Vincent for songwriting, the intent was clear. I letter broke the album down in my 2015 comments, but another thing that occurred to me is the way Revenge spawned several singles in rapid succession, like every six weeks, at a time when the average lifespan for a single seemed to be at least twice that. "Unholy" came out in mid-April, "I Just Wanna" in early June (just as school was letting out, I recall), "Domino" sometime in mid-summer, and "Spit" in early fall. The tour was only modestly successful and played medium-sized venues, with waning hair-bands (Faster Pussycat and Trixter) as support, later swapped for the up-and-coming Jackyl, and was wrapped up by year's end. That's the kind of short cycle bands used to do in the '70's.

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