Interpals, I have a confession to make. I am not, and have never been, a fan of KISS, and frankly I hold the members personally responsible for a significant episode in Childhood Disappointment. Just look at KISS (I mean, look at them by going to Google Images or something, cos I am not going to besmirch my blog with their image): they look like awesome monsters to a naive child, with their grease paint and leathers. In a Just World, they would sing mainly about Frankenstein and haunted houses, perhaps with a soupcon of Satan. But no--they mainly sing about "rocking." I can barely express to you what a bummer this discovery was for me once I finally got to hear their music. At least I would later be comforted by the unabashedly macabre tunes of Alice Cooper and King Diamond.
But still--the Coop and the King are but individual men, and one man cannot be expected to simultaneously embody the characters Starchild, the Demon, the Alien and the Kitty-Cat. It would be DECADES before I would stumble across something to make up for the hole in my soul left by my KISS-related disappointment.
Thank a dark deity that this emptiness has finally been filled by THESE GUYS:
THESE GUYS, dear friends, are Death SS, an Italian heavy metal band. I don't want to disturb my image of them with the more recent Marilyn-Manson-esque costumery they've cultivated. In fact, I'm not sure I want or really need to know anything more about them than the following facts:
- They appear to sing about monsters and Satan (perhaps adding significantly more than a soupcon of said, but I'm giving a free pass).
- They hang out with topless chicks.
- Perhaps most importantly, they are dressed as monsters. Not "characters that are kinda similar to monsters but a mime version of same," REAL FUCKING MONSTERS.
It's like someone finally realized that Gene Simmons' appearance kicked the most ass out of the entire lineup of KISS and said "golly, wouldn't THIS be vastly improved if we were ALL the Demon?" And then some other guy was like "yeah I want to be a werewolf" and then another guy was like "OH SNAP I get to be a werewolf" and thus something beautiful and pure was born.
At least that's the way *I* imagine it.
But I know what you're thinking. You're all, "sure, Kate, but DO THEY ROCK but not in a literal and boring manner?"
In a word, YES. Witness: