Kiss: Hotter Than Hell: Pitchfork Review
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Cover Art Kiss
Hotter Than Hell
[Mercury Remasters Series]
Rating: 5.3

You want the best and you got Hotter Than Hell. I feel your pain. This used to be my favorite Kiss album back in the day (read: when I was six). While time has been good to most of the early Kiss canon, this album sticks out like a sore thumb. Although remastered for re-release, Hotter Than Hell boasts some of the worst drum sounds on a hard rock album I've ever heard. Sounds like my boy Peter Criss discovered those octopads back in '74 and played them in a garbage can. Still, the title cut rocks like a motherfucker and there are still some worthy gems scattered throughout.

-Jason Josephes

10.0: Essential
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional; will likely rank among writer's top ten albums of the year
8.0-8.4: Very good
7.5-7.9: Above average; enjoyable
7.0-7.4: Not brilliant, but nice enough
6.0-6.9: Has its moments, but isn't strong
5.0-5.9: Mediocre; not good, but not awful
4.0-4.9: Just below average; bad outweighs good by just a little bit
3.0-3.9: Definitely below average, but a few redeeming qualities
2.0-2.9: Heard worse, but still pretty bad
1.0-1.9: Awful; not a single pleasant track
0.0-0.9: Breaks new ground for terrible