Asylum (Kiss album)

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Studio album by Kiss
Released September 16, 1985
Recorded June – July 1985, Electric Lady Studios, Right Track Studios, New York City
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:50
Label Mercury
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons
Kiss chronology
Crazy Nights
Singles from Asylum
  1. "Tears Are Falling"
    Released: September 16, 1985

Asylum is the thirteenth studio album by the American rock band Kiss. It features the debut of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played on Animalize (ghost guitarist for "Lonely Is The Hunter"), and filled in for guitarist Mark St. John (Mark Norton) for their European and American Animalize tour, and officially replaced Mark St. John in December 1984. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982.[1] The new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Bruce Kulick would last for six years until Carr's death in November 1991. Stylistically, Asylum went to a light glam rock sound (although not as light as its successor) and is considered the first in a trilogy of Kiss albums along with Crazy Nights and Hot in the Shade, in contrast to the heavy rock of the previous three albums, Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up, and Animalize.

Album information[edit]

The color of the lips on the sleeve mimic the colors of the 1978 solo releases: red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for the lead guitarist (Kulick here, not Frehley) and green for the drummer (Carr here, not Peter Criss). The tour for the album featured the largest Kiss logo on stage the band has ever used, as well as one of the largest lighting rigs. No concert footage of the tour was used in the Kissology II release, bar silent film that is overshadowed by graphics in the menu.

The three music videos for the album were filmed on set in London, England, for the songs "Who Wants to Be Lonely", "Uh! All Night" and "Tears Are Falling". Only "Tears Are Falling" was released for retail sales as a single. It is the only song on the album that has been played regularly in live performances. However, like many Kiss songs of the mid-80s, it was rarely played live after the reunion of the original lineup, although it would be resurrected in the band's set list during their 2004 Rock the Nation Tour.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Nightfall 4/5 stars[2]
Vista Records 4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[5]

Fan reaction to Asylum was mixed. The album was certified Gold in November, 1985 by the RIAA .[6] Asylum sold over 1.5 million copies, but never was recertified for the Platinum award. The Kiss Remasters seem to confirm this as it states that Asylum is one of the four albums that were certified Platinum in a row. Evidently, there is a RIAA Platinum award for this album, but the entry was never updated in the database. Until the RIAA confirms this, it remains only Gold.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "King of the Mountain"   Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Desmond Child Stanley 4:17
2. "Any Way You Slice It"   Gene Simmons, Howard Rice Simmons 4:02
3. "Who Wants to Be Lonely"   Stanley, Child, Jean Beauvoir Stanley 4:01
4. "Trial By Fire"   Simmons, Kulick Simmons 3:25
5. "I'm Alive"   Stanley, Kulick, Child Stanley 3:43
6. "Love's a Deadly Weapon"   Stanley, Simmons, Rod Swenson, Wes Beech Simmons 3:29
7. "Tears Are Falling"   Stanley Stanley 3:55
8. "Secretly Cruel"   Simmons Simmons 3:41
9. "Radar for Love"   Stanley, Child Stanley 4:02
10. "Uh! All Night"   Stanley, Child, Beauvoir Stanley 4:01





Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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