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  • Isn’t it ironic that both Ace & Bruce’s new albums sound much more like KISS
    and is worlds better than the latest KISS release (Sonic Boom)?

    Bruce is about songwriting and substance and not just chops. The album is a cohesive set of hard rock tunes with blistering Jimmy Page style solos. Vocalists John Corabi, Nick Simmons, and Tobias Sammett are simply amazing
    each bringing a unique vocal style to the table. Doug Fieger (The Knack) sings one song (Dirty Girl) and this song would have been a hit if it had been released in the early 80’s but doesn’t give-up any attitude although it has radio quality to it. There is one pseudo-shred fest that features the amazing
    Steve Lukather (Between the Lines), however; the song is another well crafted piece of art that
    actually moves the listener. This CD is a treasure and worth every penny of dirty in your face Rock n’ Roll.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have to say that Bruce really has given his fans a great cd not that his other efforts weren’t good this one is killer.There’s not one track that I don’t like there are uptempo songs a well as ballads “Fate” kicks the cd off and it’s a killer track.”Ain’t Gonna Die” has Gene singing a solid track that reminds you of something he would have done with KISS.”No Friend Of Mine” is a very good track I really like it’s probably what you would hear if it were on a Union cd.”Hand Of The King” has Nick Simmons singing I was pleasantly surprised an he sorta reminds me of a very young Gene.”I’ll Survive” is a very good track where Bruce sings about the shooting incident that he survived.”Dirty Girl”with Doug Fieger(RIP)singing has become a favorite of mine the song is catchy and it really rocks.”Final Mile” is another song that Bruce sings good track.”I’m The Animal” with Tobias Sammet singing and Eric Singer on drums is a rocking track that I really like alot more the more I listen to it Eric Singer is just awesome on this track.”And I Know” is another song Bruce sings that I really like alot I think his vocals improve everytime he sings.”Between The Lines” the only instrumental with Steve Lukather is impressive and rocking track.”Life” closes out the cd what a fitting ending to a musical journey.I had the chance to met Bruce at the KISS Coffee House in Myrtle Beach,South Carolina he was a true gentleman and signed autographs and took pictures with those who wanted a photo if anyyone gets the opportunity to meet him please do so you want be disappointed.I recommend if you don’t own BK3 please go out and purchase it,it’s worth every penny I paid for it.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Great CD by Bruce and friends. But what really was good to hear was ex-Knack, Doug Feiger, brought me back to the 80’s and he sounds great. But all is somber now to hear that Doug will no longer be singer his great pop tunes anymore. if their are any other songs doug sang on with you Bruce I’d love to hear them. Long live The Knack and BK3 is now special for 2 reasons.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Bruce Kulick makes a triumphant return with BK3, his first solo release since 2003’s “Transformer.” From the first note, it’s apparent to the listener that BK3 is an entirely different animal from any of Kulick’s previous work. While Kulick has always been criminally underrated as a guitarist, his true talent lies as much within knowing when NOT to play as when to plug in and shred.

    The opening track, “Fate,” gets things off to a rousing start, with blistering leads, a fast and fierce vocal delivery unlike anything we’ve heard from him before, and lyrics that declare his refusal to live in the shadow of his past. A ghost from that past, KISS’ Gene Simmons, appears on the next track, lending his distinctive vocals to the soaring “Ain’t Gonna Die.” Rock radio programmers should rejoice and welcome this one with open arms.

    Next up is a collaboration with frequent partner John Corabi (who has worked with Kulick in Union and ESP) on the moody, atmospheric “No Friend of Mine.” Corabi and Kulick are also joined on the track by another Union cohort, drummer Brent Fitz. Nice lyrical twists, along with a memorable musical hook, make this one a winner that will please both old and new fans.

    The lead single from the album, “Hand Of The King,” brings another Simmons family member to the microphone…the very talented Nick Simmons, whose deep and soulful voice gives the straight-out-of-Fantasia lyrics a sultry, sexy undertone. Kulick shines on this one as well, complimenting the lyrics with a moody solo that has just the right amount of bite to it.

    Kulick slows things down and takes over the vocals for “I’ll Survive,” inspired by his near-death experience during a random shooting in Los Angeles in 2003. Great backing vocals give this track an extra lift near the end as the choir sings the refrain “I’m alive…I’ll survive” with both dignity and defiance. Kulick next recruits Knack frontman Doug Fieger for the excellent “Dirty Girl,” which is the kind of song bands like the Click 5 dream about writing some day. A perfect example of how to create a power pop masterpiece. Another mid-tempo number, “Final Mile” is up next, with a touching lyric and guitar leads reminiscent of the Kulick-era KISS classic “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II.”

    “I’m The Animal” takes things in a much heavier direction, with a great vocal provided by Edguy/Avantasia frontman Tobias Sammet (look him up if you don’t know who he is) and a powerful drum track from KISS’ Eric Singer. If any of the songs on the album are a shred fest, it’s this one, with Kulick taking multiple solos, each one meaner than the last.

    Two tracks previewed (along with “No Friend Of Mine”) on Kulick’s special BK3 EP appear next. “And I Know,” like the aforementioned “Dirty Girl,” proves that Kulick hasn’t forgotten any of his pop sensibilities after years of grinding out metal chords. The bouncy riffs are nicely contrasted by slightly darker lyrics. The album’s only instrumental, “Between The Lines,” is another guitar lover’s delight featuring Kulick sharing leads with the legendary Steve Lukather. The pair are nicely complemented by some additional star power in the form Jimmy Haslip on bass and Kenny Aronoff on drums for what is easily the album’s funkiest track.

    Wrapping things up is the very Beatlesque ballad “Life,” featuring Kulick waxing philosophical before ending the album with a multi-instrumental explosion of sound that can only be described as pure genius. An absolutely stunning end to an incredible listening experience.

    To say BK3 is the best KISS-related release in years sells it short. BK3 is one of the best rock albums released in recent years, and fans who have never picked up a KISS album will enjoy it just as much as the die-hard members of the KISS Army.

    A special mention should be given to producer Jeremy Rubolino, whose brilliant sonic shading on the album gives it the kind of dynamics that prior Kulick (and, for that matter, KISS) projects have longed for.

    A brilliant and inspired piece of work, from one of the classiest and most talented guitar players of our time.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Admit it; these past few months have been sensory overload for KISS fans.

    Back in September of ‘09, Ace Frehley gave us “Anomaly.” Less than a month later, KISS dropped “Sonic Boom” on the world.

    And now, we have Bruce Kulick’s “BK3.”

    Normally, when a guitarist releases a solo effort, it is easy to assume that it will be pure licks and riffs with no substance.

    Thankfully, Bruce Kulick has created an album that is memorable, fun & insightful.

    Mind you, Bruce could have easily sung on every single track if he chose to. However, he decided to bring in an array of friends to help make this album his masterpiece.

    Gene Simmons manages to unleash his inner demon on “Ain’t Gonna Die.” He hasn’t had this much swagger and punch since the “Revenge” album. Never mind that his son Nick sets the mood very well as he lends his pipes to the track “Hand of the King.”

    The best guest vocalist on the album has to be Bruce’s former Union bandmate, John Corabi. Much the same way that Plant’s voice compliments Page’s guitar, Corabi and Kulick are a match made in musical heaven. “No Friend of Mine” is brutally honest and well written. It could easily garner airplay on any modern rock station in America.

    The one cut on this album that highlights Bruce’s talent is the instrumental piece, “Between the Lines.” It is a whirlwind of great melody and passion.

    What makes “BK3″ an incredible album is that the songs seem as if they were carefully placed in a certain order so that the album has absolute flow from start to finish. It opens with the bombastic fist pumping “Fate” and closes with the beautifully lush “Life.”

    In comparison to other albums by guitarists, “BK3″ is truly an “Anomaly.”

    Posted on November 9, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now