Asylum (Kiss album)

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Studio album by Kiss
Released September 16, 1985
Recorded June – July 1985
Studio Electric Lady Studios
Right Track Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock, glam metal[1]
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 is the first with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick as an official band member. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982.[2] The lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Kulick would last until Carr's death in November 1991, while Kulick would stay with the band until the reunion of the original lineup in 1996. In contrast to the heavy sound of Kiss's previous three albums, Asylum features a lighter glam rock sound.

Album information[edit]

On the album cover, the band members are shown with colored lips, mirroring the colors of the 1978 solo releases: red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for Kulick (replacing Frehley) and green for Carr (replacing Peter Criss). The tour for the album featured the largest Kiss logo 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 DVD release, except for short clips without sound in the background of the main 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 did feature in both 2004's Rock the Nation Live! DVD and 2014's Kiss Rocks Vegas live release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Nightfall 4/5 stars[3]
Vista Records 4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[6]

Fan reaction to Asylum was mixed. The album was certified Gold and platinum in November, 1985 by the RIAA.[7]

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



Additional musicians



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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