New Kiss Album Artwork Discussed
The new album from Kiss is on its way and the man behind the artwork to this (and the band’s classic ‘Rock And Roll Over’ album) has been speaking out about what we can expect.
The album, heavily rumoured to be titled ‘Sonic Boom’, is expected to surface at the beginning of October and designer Michael Doret has spoken out about how the artwork for the record has turned out.
“I would like more than anything right now to share with you what I did for the new cover,” says Doret. “I am very excited about it because I think it is among the very best of my work. But an agreement is an agreement: I gave my word to Paul (Stanley, guitar/vocals) that I would not reveal anything before the ‘official’ release of information, and I am a man of my word.”
“Paul came to me with the title of the album,” he continues. “We talked about the ‘look’ he wanted this cover to have. We talked about how the other cover I had done for them, ‘Rock And Roll Over’, really had become iconic and now represented Kiss’ music from that early period. He talked about how he’d like the new cover to be suggestive of that look, because they wanted the music in the new album to be more reflective of that time and, of their roots in hard rock. He also stipulated that I needed to use existing photography of the four members instead of creating graphic caricatures (which is what I did in ‘Rock And Roll Over’). So that was my challenge: create another iconic cover that would also be reflective in some way of the previous cover.
“When I did ‘Rock And Roll Over’, I presented the group with one colored pencil drawing. With only a few minor comments, they approved it. After thinking about what I needed to do for this new cover, I spent a week or so creating sketches, then narrowed it down to one which I presented (very nervously) to Paul. Like the first time around, he immediately loved it. Then it was just a matter of refining the sketch, selecting the photos, working out a color palette, and presenting it all to Paul again. You will soon be able to see the result of this process.”
The new Kiss album promises to have no strings or ballads and will return to the band’s classic 70s sound.