Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante spoke in the recent interview with ‘Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon’ and revealed his opinion about KISS’ ‘The Elder’ album while explaining the connection of the album with Pink Floyd.
KISS released ‘The Elder’ album in 1981, and it was one of the most controversial albums that the band has ever released. The album had different sounds then we normally see from KISS, and even some of the fans considered that this album was the worst album of the band.
In the conversation, Charlie stated that KISS wanted to do something similar to Pink Floyd’s legendary ‘The Wall’ album, which was released in 1979, and the album didn’t sound like KISS at all. Even though there are some good songs in it, Charlie said that the album always bothered him due to the sound differences.
“KISS in the ’80s with Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, KISS sort of tried to follow along, but do you think we actually got to hear Eric Carr’s potential had KISS gone in and done sort of a ‘Diary of a Madman’ Ozzy record with massive guitars in 1986 instead of ‘Asylum’ – do you think we would’ve heard more from Eric?”
Here is what Charlie Benante said:
“I don’t know how much freedom Eric was given at that point to expand his style. I mean, when you would go see them during those tours, Eric did a massive drum solo, which showcased his playing, but I still think his best playing is on ‘The Elder’ and on ‘Creatures of the Night.’
Nobody ever says his best playing is on ‘The Elder’ – I guess I’ll have to go back and re-listen specifically to his drum tracks on that. I remember that first time I opened ‘The Elder’ and stuck it on the record player and I was like, ‘What’s this?'”
“There are songs on that record, especially ‘The Oath,’ where Eric’s playing is awesome. I mean, he’s doing this fast double-kick, which for back then, that wasn’t really common.
And I thought, my original thought on ‘The Elder’ was, ‘This is KISS trying to be Pink Floyd, ‘The Wall’.’
I just think that there’s great songs on that too, I just think the production didn’t sound like KISS, which is something that always bothered me about them.”
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