Music from "The Elder"
is the ninth studio album released by the American rock band KISS
. It was an attempt at a Progressive Rock Concept Album
that came out around the time when the band's fortunes were slipping following the releases of the four solo albums, Dynasty
, and Unmasked
, and after the replacement of drummer Peter Criss with Eric Carr. The album would cause the band to eventually replace lead guitarist Ace Frehley with Vinnie Vincent in 1983, as Ace only contributed to a few tracks on the album. Ace wanted to create a much harder rock album, but was outvoted by the band's two other founding members and Eric Carr had no say in the matter. It is considered an Old Shame
by the band as very few songs from the album were ever performed live by the band.
This work provides examples of:
- Ancient Order of Protectors: The Elder (a.k.a. The Order Of The Rose).
- Badass Creed/Heroic Vow: "The Oath".
"Your glory, I swear I ride for thee;
Your power, I trust it rides with me;
Your servant, I am and ever shall I be."
- Big Bad: Mr. Blackwell, from the eponymous song.
- The Chosen One: The Boy, who is addressed in the song "Only You".
- Crapsack World: "A World Without Heroes" tries to describe such a world as this.
- Dark Is Evil/Light Is Not Good: "Dark Light".
- Determinator: The Boy, in the song "I".
- Drugs Are Bad: In "I": "Don't need to get wasted, it only holds me down." (Also a Take That to Ace Frehley.)
- Fading into the Next Song: In the original 1981 album release, it's "Just A Boy" —> "Dark Light". In the 1997 Remaster, it's "Just A Boy" —> "Odyssey".
- Fanfare: The titular second song from the original 1981 album, the first on the 1997 Remaster, both preceding "Just A Boy".
- Heavy Mithril
- "I Am" Song: "I".
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm.../Just a Kid: "Just A Boy".
- Instrumentals: "Fanfare" and "Escape From The Island".
- New Sound Album
- One-Letter Title: "I".
- Rite of Passage: The quest that the Boy undertakes is implied to be one in "Under The Rose".
- Shout-Out: "Dark Light" mentions "Sodom and Gomorrah...the malevolent order".
- The Villain Sucks Song: "Mr. Blackwell", sung from the POV of his underlings who don't like him.
- Vocal Tag Team: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on "I".