Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

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Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
Carnival of Souls KISS.jpg
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 28, 1997
Recorded November 1995 – February 1996
Genre Hard rock, Grunge, Heavy metal, alternative metal
Length 60:11
Label Mercury
Producer
Kiss chronology
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!
(1996)You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!1996
Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
(1997)
Psycho Circus
(1998)Psycho Circus1998
Singles from Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
  1. "Jungle"
    Released: 1997

Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions is the 17th studio album by American rock band Kiss. Originally planned to be released in 1996, the album was not made available to the public until 1997. It is the band's final album with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick. The album is a departure from the band's classic hard rock style, in favor of a dark and dense grunge-oriented sound.[1]

Overview[edit]

Recorded between late 1995 and early 1996, Kiss cancelled the album's release after committing 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 under the title Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions. According to guitarist Bruce Kulick, the bootleg versions in distribution lacked songs that are part of the official release.There was no accompanying tour to support the album, and allegedly none of the songs on Carnival of Souls are 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". Thayer would join Kiss as the band's permanent lead guitarist in 2002. 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.

Reception[edit]

Guitarist Bruce Kulick wrote at his official website that Carnival of Souls had "people equally vocal about it being their favorite Kiss CD or thinking it's the worst Kiss album ever".[2] The album reached #27 on Billboard charts and the only single released from the album, "Jungle", made #8 on the US Mainstream Rock (chart). No music video was made to promote the single, which later 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

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Floren, Ingo (2004). The Official Price Guide to Kiss Collectibles. Ingo Floren. ISBN 1400050294. 
  2. ^ "BK Celebrates Carnival of Souls on its 15th Anniversary". Bruce Kulick official homepage. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Metal Edge Magazine June 1998 Pantera, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Single Issue Magazine by Gerri Miller (Editor)
  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (14 March 2011). "Bruce Kulick Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=6QkEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Kiss Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 12, 2009.