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Hotter Than Hell is the second studio album from the American hard rock band KISS, which was released in 1974, following their self-titled debut album.


Side One
  1. "Got To Choose"
  2. "Parasite"
  3. "Goin' Blind"
  4. "Hotter Than Hell"
  5. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"

Side Two

  1. "All The Way"
  2. "Watchin' You"
  3. "Mainline"
  4. "Comin' Home"
  5. "Strange Ways"

Principal Members

  • Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar, bass guitar on "Parasite", backing vocals on "Parasite", "Comin' Home" and "Strange Ways"
  • Gene Simmons – vocals, bass guitar
  • Peter Criss – vocals, drums, percussion


Let me trope, rock 'n' roll.

  • Album Cover Designer: John Van Hamersveld.
  • Album Title Drop: "Hotter Than Hell" in the Title Track.
  • Cover Song: "Parasite" would be covered by its original composer Ace Frehley on his solo album Origins, Vol. 1
  • Face on the Cover: All four members of KISS, dressed in Japanese-influenced costumes. The back cover had a single face made up of various elements of the band members' individual makeup jobs.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The cover of this album had these.
  • Groove Metal: "Parasite" is cited as the first prototypical groove metal track. Fittingly enough, Dimebag Darrell, of Music/Pantera was a massive Ace Frehley devotee.
    • Bilingual Bonus: The Japanese in the top-right corner (地獄のさけび, or Jigoku no Sakebi) translates as "Hell's shout" or "The shout of hell".
    • "Blind Idiot" Translation: On the other hand, the members' names are a little... off. In particular, Frehley's name being rendered as エイス フューリ (Ace Fury) instead of エースフレーリー.
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  • Heavy Meta: "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll".
  • Intercourse with You: "Hotter Than Hell" is about a guy lusting after a married woman. Also "Mainline".
  • May–December Romance: "Goin' Blind" details a doomed romance between a 93-year-old and an underage girl.
  • One-Word Title: "Parasite" and "Mainline".
  • Record Producer: Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Peter Criss on "Mainline" and "Strange Ways".
  • Title Track: "Hotter Than Hell".

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