WI: KISS's "Carnival of Souls" Released in 1994

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by pattersonautobody, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. pattersonautobody Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2014
    Using good ol' Hand Wavium, what if Kiss released Carnival of Souls in 1994? Pretend it is the same album, produced by Toby Wright (the same guy who was doing Alice in Chains albums).

    IOTL Revenge went gold in 1992, Alive III went gold in 1993, so it would seem like Kiss was still going strong and if they had good support, they could go gold again in 1994. Further, Kiss unplugged went gold in 1996 and Psycho Circus went gold in 1998. And, quite frankly, Carnival of Souls is the best of all of these albums. It was just screwed by the band not supporting it, selling like a discarded B-Sides album.

    So, what if they release this album in 1994, presuming that "Childhood's End," "Hate," and "I Walk Alone" are the singles. Can it go Gold? Further, does Kiss still revert back to form and make a Psycho Circus, or do we get an ATL Kiss that perhaps does a post-grunge album in place of psycho circus?
  2. Kalvan Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Well, I think Gene Simmons and the boys would continue to release albums with travelling show title themes. They'll still do Psycho Circus, though who knows what tracks they'll put in it, and then it's on to The Medicine Show! ;)
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  3. pattersonautobody Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2014
    Judging from how bad psycho circus was outside of that single, I am guessing creatively KISS was exhausted for some time. Carnival of Souls proves to be the outlier.