In recent times, it's becoming increasingly common for classic rock acts to re-record their classic tunes, due to the fact that they can make more moolah licensing these new versions to commercials, TV shows, movies, etc., rather than the originals. And obviously, for a merchandising machine like Kiss, it doesn't take much convincing to do something if a sufficient amount of dollar signs are involved. So in 2008, original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley congregated in a recording studio with new members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer (the latter not exactly being "new," but never mind), and re-recorded 15 Kiss classics, which were later released only in Japan, as KISSology (not to be confused with the live DVD box sets of the same name). The tunes run the gamut -- early rock & rollers ("Deuce," "Hotter Than Hell"), arena rockers ("Detroit Rock City," "Rock and Roll All Nite"), non-makeup-era pop metal tracks ("Lick It Up," "Heaven's on Fire"), and sappy ballads ("Forever"). But none of these tracks outshine the charm of the original versions (as original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were the band's true heart and soul), which makes KISSology only appealing to the hardest of hardcore fans.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato