Kiss has announced that their forthcoming 20th studio effort, Monster, will arrive in stores in October.  The album, which will feature 12 songs, was produced by lead singer Paul Stanley along with Greg Conway at studios in Hollywood and Studio City, California.

Monster‘s first single, “Hell or Hallelujah,” will be released as a digital download this Tuesday.  Stanley describes the track as “a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record…one way or another, we’re going to do it our way.”  Other new tunes include “Freak,” “Back to the Stone Age,” “The Devil Is Me,” “Outta this World” and “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”

Kiss will celebrate the single’s release at a July 4 concert in London that will raise money for the U.K.’s Help for Heroes charity, which aids injured and ailing soldiers.  The band notes that the new album’s music pays homage to the British groups of the 1960s and ’70s that first inspired Kiss.

“We’re all Anglophiles in this band,” says bassist/singer Gene Simmons in a statement.  “America may have invented rock and roll, but England knew what to do with it.  They gave us The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who.”

Simmons also points out that Monster is a straightforward rock record that features “no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters.”

He adds, “This is a real band effort.  Kiss has become a behemoth.  We’re going where no bands have gone before.”

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