carnival of souls

1997 mercury records



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"carnival of souls"
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1. hate
2. rain
3. master and slave
4. childhood's end
5. i will be there
6. jungle
7. in my head
8. it never goes away
9. seduction of the innocent
10. i confess
11. in the mirror
12. i walk alone


kick ass and heavy!
although, the first half of the album sounds better to me.
it would have been a five star rating,
but it loses a half a star each for the songs "it never goes away"
and (sorry about this bruce...) "i walk alone".
still, the guitars, bass, drums, and vocals overall kickass!
grungy and gritty like my favorite kiss album "hotter than hell".
"carnival of souls" will be cranking out
of my stereo for a long time to come.


song by song

hate - i don't think gene could have made this song any heavier.
the guitars sound like a steamroller, and the drums are all over the place with great rythyms and cool fills!
bruce's lead is slick.

rain - paul stanley seems to have hit on the sounds of alice in chains and soundgarden. the bass is mixed a little low but the guitars are
heavy!

master and slave - also heavy. the bass gets cranked
back up in the mix. paul and gene share vocals on this one.
another smokin' lead by bruce kulick.

childhood's end - this is one of my favorites off this album.

i will be there - paul's vocals soar. bruce's acoustic lead
adds to the song perfectly.

jungle - this is one heavy, thumping, mutha.
sounds great on the radio. eric singer's drums are awesome.

in my head - this is the closest kiss will ever come
to sounding like metallica.

it never goes away - this is not one of my favorites.
the song and the vocals drag.

seduction of the innocent - desert metal. arabian knights.
sultans on acid. this song is different, but in a cool way.
eric singer's drums really fit the song.

i confess - i like this song. if gene put out a 90's solo album,
this song would be on it. the drums are a little low
in the mix on this one.

in the mirror - a funky little ditty. upbeat and pretty cool.
kickin' ass drums!

i walk alone - interesting, but this does not sound like kiss.
it kind of sounds like bruce is trying to phrase his vocals like ace.
the lead guitar? bruce, have you ever been experienced?
well, i think you have!
eric's backward snare is very unique.


hate
simmons, van zen, kulick

hate, is what i am
cause' underneath this heart
there beats the heart of man

you'll wear your crown
when you're lyin' 6 feet underground
don't you think it's odd
man was created in the image of god

all you martyrs and saviours
go through the same door
listen all you butchers, saints and sinners
we've all been here before

yes, hate is what i am
cause' underneath this heart
there beats the heart of man

so you're lookin' for a saviour
but i'm here to tell ya
you gotta save yourself
like a lamb to slaughter
all you ever did was follow orders

all you martyrs and saviours
go through the same door
listen all you butchers, saints and sinners,
we've all been here before
all you martyrs and saviours
go through the same door

hey listen all you butchers, saints and sinners,
we've all been here before
hate hate!

yes, hate is what i am
cause' underneath this heart
there beats the heart of man, man
man!

rain
stanley, kulick, cuomo

tell me what you want me to be
i can't stand myself anymore
tell me what you want me to see
i can't find my way off the floor
took me like a hurricane

i think it's gonna rain,
yeah i think it's gonna rain
rain down on me

tell me what you want me to hear
whisper words inside of my head
thunder like a gun in my ear
clouds are burstin' over my bed
wash me like a hurricane

i think it's gonna rain
yeah i think it's gonna rain
i think it's gonna rain down down down
i think it's gonna rain

open your eyes
you can't deny
it's just a fantasy
yeah some things will end
some will begin
some things will never be
yea
rain down on me
tell me what you want me to know
tell me what you're dyin' to say
throw your feelings up in the air
let the pieces fall where they may

open your eyes
you can't deny
it's just a fantasy
yeah some things will end
some will begin
some things will never be
yeah i think it's gonna rain
i think it's gonna rain
i think it's gonna rain
yeah i think it's gonna rain
rain down on me
rain down on me
rain down on me

master and slave
stanley, kulick, cuomo

life, a movie in my head
a page of lines we read
the words remain unsaid

time, a race you never win
look back at where we've been
and throw the towel in

every time i see a sign
tell me what's the bottom line
tell me
i just wanna take my turn
now before i crash and burn
yeah

hope, a candle burning bright
a temporary light
'till we return to night
love, the mighty drug we crave
the master and the slave
will rule us to our grave

everytime i see a sign
tell me what's the bottom line
tell me
i just want a place to rest
count to four and catch my breath
one, two, three, four

i don't know what to feel
don't know what to say
don't know what to do

i don't know where to go
don't know who to be
don't know who to know

life is never what it seems
it shakes you from your dreams
wake up and start to....

everytime i see a sign
tell me what's the bottom line
tell me
i just want a place to rest
stop and let me catch my breath
everytime i see a sign
tell me what's the bottom line
tell me
forget all that i've been told
i just wanna lose control
everytime i see a sign
tell me what's the bottom line
tell me
i just wanna take my turn
now before i crash and burn

childhood's end
simmons, thayer, kulick

i lived a life of illusion and you had your kicks
so what, there's nothing left to do
and you and your obsessions and your crucifix
as if what i thought mattered much to you

and you were always my friend
from childhood's end
it was forever and ever
did you understand
it's childhood's end
but never, the dream is over

sunday morning in the new york times
i read you died last night
it said you were smilin' when you blew your mind
and the note you left behind said

you were always my friend
from childhood's end
seems like forever and ever
yeah, you won't have to have to pretend
it's near the end
you won't ever be a rock and roller
yeah, you were always my friend
from childhood's end
but never, the dream is over
you were just like me
i was just like you
for eternity i'll think of you

(repeat chorus, fade out)
you've got something about you,
you've got something i need

i will be there
stanley, kulick, cuomo

each and every day
people turn away
change the things they feel
change the things they say

we can never know
where our lives will lead
wherever you go
whenever you need

i will be there
wanna be there
i will hear you when you call
give you anything at all
i will be there
anywhere
like a father to his son

you are just a child
all is yet to be
growing all the while
knowing when you leave

i will be there
wanna be there
only blood will run so deep
seal the promise i will keep
i will be there
anywhere
like a father to his son
i can swear to only one

time moves quickly as the years go by
all these moments slip away
when i'm gone and life will carry on
you will know someway

i will be there
i will be there
i will be there
wanna be there
only blood will run so deep
seal the promise i will keep
i will be there
like a father to his son
i must swear to only one

the jungle
stanley, kulick, cuomo

here i go
down below
the sun is goin' down
a jungle comes alive
the beast is waking up
to take another life

i can't sleep
in too deep
the man with nothing left
without a place to hide
will take a final breath
and tumble in the night
yeah

someone's safe at home
someone dies alone
someone's fallen prey
yeah

some will take their fill
like lions to the kill
livin' day to day
whoa,
the jungle

mothers mourn
fathers groan
the child takes a hit
and then he starts to cry
a mother never hears
her baby's last goodbye
yeah

someone's safe at home
someone dies alone
someone's fallen prey
yeah

some will take their fill
like lions to the kill
livin' day to day
whoa,
the jungle

the sun is coming up
a city comes alive
the lamb will never see
a jungle in the sky
yeah

someone's safe at home
someone dies alone
someone's falling prey
yeah

some will take their fill
like lions to the kill
livin' day to day
yeah

someone dies alone
someone's safe at home
all is flesh and bone
whoa,
the jungle

in my head
simmons, van zen, st.james

i'm obnoxious and no one's home
in my head
in my head
cardboard boxes filled with hate
in my head
they're in my head
nest of termites, glowin' red
in my head
they're in my head

look behind the mask
try to find peace of mind
and you'll find
just look behind the man
and lead me by the hand

faded smiles behind dark shades
in my head
in my head
plastic icons, glowin' red
in my head
they're in my head
i experiment with myself
in my head
in my head

look behind the glass
try to find peace of mind
and you'll find
just look behind the man
and lead me

look behind the glass
try to find peace of mind
and you'll find
just look behind the man
and lead me

look behind the man
look behind the glass
look behind the mask

it never goes away
stanley, kulick, cuomo

want it
you can have it
come and take it
i don't need it
power and possessions
never quiet your obsessions

outside, we search for something
inside, we still have nothing
people deep in trouble
let their money run for double
outside, they search for something
inside, they still have nothing
it never ends

there's nothing i can do
there's nothing i can say
and even if i could
and even if i would
it never goes away
yeah

heartless rich and greedy
watch the churches rape the needy
while we pray for salvation
preachers yield to temptation
it never ends

there's nothing i can do
there's nothing i can say
and even if i could
and even if i would
it never goes away
there's nothing i can do
there's nothing i can say
and even if i could
and even if i would
it never goes away

blinded believers and doomsday deceivers
are driving you out of your head
look in the mirror, the answer is near
though your sanity hangs by a thread

there's nothing i can do
there's nothing i can say
and even i could
and even i would
it never goes away
there's nothing i can do
there's nothing i can say
and even if i could
and even if i would
it never goes away

seduction of the innocent
simmons, van zen

he always wears his bible belt
the collar under his head
it's like a noose around his neck
his sandaled feet don't touch the ground
ears don't hear a sound
seduction of the innocent

everybody thinks there's always a reason
need a reason to cry
you kiss the hand of the man for all seasons
and don't know why

say it friend, if you had to do it all over again
would you know the trickery that he's prayin?

the padre looks well fed
remember what the good book said
vultures circle overhead
whatever gets you through the night
friends sing to clear your mind
seduction of the innocent

everybody thinks there's always a reason
need a reason to cry
you kiss the hand of a man for all seasons
and don't know why

say it friend, if you had to do it all over again
would you know the trickery that he's prayin'?

everybody thinks there's always a reason
need a reason to cry
you kiss the hand of the man for all seasons
and don't know why

say it friend, if you had to do it all over again
would you know the trickery that he's prayin'?

you confess
simmons, tamplin

when i look into the mirror
just can't believe, what do i see
there's no wakin' from this nightmare
and you're lost in your reality

so you tell me all your secrets
and you tell me that you're innocent
there's something in your eyes i can see
and my face keeps looking back at me

you confess
you can't help yourself
this living lie that you can't go on
you're possessed
you can't fool yourself
you're the crime and you can't go on

another day, another sorrow
no today and no tomorrow
try and wash away the shame
and you smile in your picture frame

you had a charmed life, but you think from grace
and you're long gone without a trace
you're all alone and wonder why
and you laugh when you wanna cry

you confess
you can't help yourself
this living lie that you can't go on
you're possessed
you can't fool yourself
you're the crime and you can't go on

you confess
you can't help yourself
this living lie that you can't go on
you're possessed
you can't fool yourself
you're the crime and it can't go on
it can't go on

god never spoke to me about your sin
so livin' in our lies will test the faith
so cut your straight lines on the mirror
and dip your hands in holy water
try and wash away the shame
cuz all you've got is your father's name
(repeat choruses)

in the mirror
stanley, kulick, cuomo

you were in the right
until you're left stuck in the middle
i still wonder why
you gave it all for such a little

you
tell me you're only
scared to be lonely
on and on

you
livin' on credit
want it, you get it
right or wrong

you oughtta take a look in the mirror
every line's gettin' clearer
see the face you can't deny
you appear to me
appear to be lost in confusion
i don't wanna live
only to die in your illusion

you
dial information
station to station
on and on

you
lie to your lover
make him your cover
blindfold on

you oughtta take a look in the mirror
every line's gettin' clearer
see the face you can't deny
take a look in the mirror
all your fear gettin' nearer
nothin' left to get you by

only a matter of time
leavin' illusion behind
tick tock

you won't realize
'till all the eyes are truly open
you can't hide away
throw what you may, when all is broken

go on and take a look in the mirror
all your fear gettin' nearer
nothin' left to get you buy

you oughtta take a look in the mirror
every line's gettin' clearer
see the face you can't deny

i walk alone
simmons, kulick

i know deep inside of me
there's a place but it's not plain to see
i belong, where no one else can be

i'm searching for myself again
and here i'm all alone and when
i close my eyes, no one else can see

i walk alone, can't you see?
i don't belong, let me be
everything i dreamed of being is me

and i got myself to lean on
got both my feet on the ground

you don't know me, i don't know me
i can't see you, you can't see me
close my eyes, leave the world behind

so i got no heart, got no home
i got no song where i belong
i don't worry, everything's just fine

i walk alone, can't you see?
i don't belong, let me be
everything i dreamed of being

and i don't belong, can't you see?
i walk alone, let me be
everything i dreamed of being is me

and i got myself to lean on
i got both my feet on the ground

so i got no heart, and i got no home
and i got no song where i belong
i don't worry, everything's just

i got myself to lean on
got both my feet on the ground

and i got myself to lean on
got both my feet on the ground

cause i know deep inside of me
there's a place but it's not plain to see
where i belong, where no one else can be

and i'm searchin' for myself again
and here i'm all alone and when
i close my eyes, and no one else can see

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