Hot­ter Than Hell

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Both Hot­ter Than Hell and its fol­low-up Dressed To Kill (1975) show off the band in a far purer form than what was to come, with Frehley’s gui­tar up front and fo­cussed through­out. Sev­eral of the songs from this al­bum have gone on to be­come true ‘Kiss Klas­siks’™ de­spite the al­bum’s frankly ap­palling drum sound, with Par­a­site and Hot­ter Than Hell still ap­pear­ing in sets to­day. Else­where, Let Me Go, Rock And Roll shows off the de­vel­op­ing in­ter­play be­tween the rhythm and lead gui­tars, while Ace’s solo in Got To Choose cen­tres on the splut­ter­ing pick­ing that forms a corner­stone of his style. It’s not all plain sail­ing, though: the lum­ber­ing Strange Ways, while ad­mit­tedly of its time, is prob­a­bly best left there. Stand­out track: Par­a­site

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