Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

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Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 28, 1997
Recorded November 1995 – February 1996
Genre Grunge, Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 60:11
Label Mercury
Producer Toby Wright, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Kiss chronology
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Psycho Circus
Singles from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
  1. "Jungle"
    Released: 1997

Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions is the 17th studio album from American hard rock band Kiss. Originally slated for a 1996 release, it was ultimately not released until 1997. It was the band's final album with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick.


Recorded in late 1995/early 1996, Kiss cancelled the album's original release as they instead committed to a reunion tour with the band's original lineup. Bootleg copies were circulated by fans, prompting the band to officially release the material in 1997. Because of this, none of the songs on Carnival of Souls were ever performed live.

Two former members of the band Black 'N Blue co-wrote songs on Carnival of Souls; vocalist Jaime St. James co-wrote "In My Head", and guitarist Tommy Thayer collaborated on "Childhood's End". Perhaps coincidentally, Thayer would join Kiss as the band's permanent lead guitarist in 2003. The album's closing track, "I Walk Alone", features lead vocals from the band's then-lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, his only lead vocal performance with the band.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
VistaRecords 4.5/5 stars[2]

The only single released from the album was "Jungle", which was a minor success, reaching #8 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks Charts. No music video was made for the single, but it won a 1997 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Song of the Year.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Hate"   Gene Simmons, Scott Van Zen, Bruce Kulick Simmons 4:36
2. "Rain"   Paul Stanley, Kulick, Curtis Cuomo Stanley 4:46
3. "Master & Slave"   Stanley, Kulick, Cuomo Stanley 4:57
4. "Childhood's End"   Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Kulick Simmons 4:20
5. "I Will Be There"   Stanley, Kulick, Cuomo Stanley 3:49
6. "Jungle"   Stanley, Kulick, Cuomo Stanley 6:49
7. "In My Head"   Simmons, Van Zen, Jaime St. James Simmons 4:00
8. "It Never Goes Away"   Stanley, Kulick, Cuomo Stanley 5:42
9. "Seduction of the Innocent"   Simmons, Van Zen Simmons 5:16
10. "I Confess"   Simmons, Ken Tamplin Simmons 5:23
11. "In the Mirror"   Stanley, Kulick, Cuomo Stanley 4:26
12. "I Walk Alone"   Simmons, Kulick Kulick 6:07



Chart (1997) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[5] 37
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 66
European Albums Chart[7] 84
Finnish Albums Chart[8] 17
German Albums Chart[9] 36
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 29
US Billboard Pop Albums[12] 27

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Single Position
1997 Mainstream Rock Tracks "Jungle" 8[13]