All Hell's Breakin' Loose

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"All Hell's Breakin' Loose"
Single by Kiss
from the album Lick It Up
Released 1984 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Right Track Studios,
New York City: 1983
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, rap metal
Length 3:49
Label Mercury 018 216-7 (US)
Writer(s) Eric Carr, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Vinnie Vincent
Producer(s) Michael James Jackson, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
Kiss singles chronology
"Lick It Up" / "Dance All Over Your Face"
(1983)
"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" / "Young and Wasted"
(1984)
"Heaven's on Fire" / "Lonely is the Hunter"
(1984)

"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" is a song by American hard rock band Kiss, that appeared on their 1983 album Lick It Up. It was the second and final single released from the album and did not chart in the US.[1][2]

"All Hell's Breakin' Loose" is one of three songs in the history of the band in which all four (current at the time) members share songwriting credit, the others being "Love Theme from KISS" and "Back to the Stone Age".

A video for the single was directed by Martin Kahan and produced by Lenney Grodin[3] that featured the band wandering around a burnt-out cityscape amongst thugs, bikers, scantily-clad women, circus performers, and other odd characters. The video received some air play on MTV, and was nominated for a MTV video music award in 1984.

The song also appears on The Box Set, released by Kiss in 2001.

During their tenure in Continental Championship Wrestling, the Stud Stable used the song as their entrance theme.

Composition[edit]

A 30-second sample of the opening riff from "All Hell's Breakin' Loose"

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Although the song is credited to all four members of the band, which then consisted of Eric Carr, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Vinnie Vincent, Carr was the primary writer of the song, coming up with the music and arrangement.

Carr originally wanted the song to reflect his Led Zeppelin influence, and was initially upset that Stanley used a rap for the verse (an early example of a rap-rock fusion).[4] Carr later stated that he felt that Stanley's contributions to the song helped it to be included on the album and in becoming a single.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Chart History
  2. ^ KISS singles
  3. ^ Video Information
  4. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  5. ^ Sherman, Dale. Black Diamond - The Unauthorized Biography of KISS. CG Publishing, 1997. ISBN 1-896522-35-1