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Mercury/PolyGram 848-037-1/2/4/5 (USA, 5/19/1992)
A1. Unholy (3:40) - Simmons/Vincent | LYRICS
(USA, did not chart; GER #26; HOL #26; NOR #2; SWE #19; UK #26)
A2. Take It Off (4:50) - Stanley/Ezrin/Roberts | LYRICS
A3. Tough Love (3:44) - Stanley/Kulick/Ezrin | LYRICS
A4. Spit (3:32) - Simmons/Van Zen/Stanley | LYRICS
A5. God Gave Rock And Roll To You II (5:18) - Ballard/Stanley/Simmons/Ezrin | LYRICS
(USA, #21 - Modern Rock Tracks; AUS #16; AUZ #18; GER #9; SWE #24; SWZ #4; UK #4)
A6. Domino (4:01) - Simmons | LYRICS
(USA #26, 8/29/92 - Album Rock Tracks)
B1. Heart Of Chrome (4:02) - Stanley/Vincent/Ezrin | LYRICS
B2. Thou Shalt Not (3:59) - Simmons/Damon | LYRICS
B3. Every Time I Look At You (4:38) - Stanley/Ezrin | LYRICS
B4. Paralyzed (4:14) - Simmons/Ezrin | LYRICS
B5. I Just Wanna (4:07) - Stanley/Vincent | LYRICS
(USA #34, 6/20/92 - Album Rock Tracks)
B6. Carr Jam 1981 (2:46) - Carr | LYRICS
(Argentine Version Only)
B4. Paralyzed (4:24) - Simmons/Ezrin
Produced by Bob Ezrin. Recorded at Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA, Track Records, North Hollywood, CA, Cornerstone Recorders, Chatsworth, CA, Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, Acme Recording Studios, New York City, NY, The Enterprise Studios, Burbank, CA, and A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; September 1991 - March 1992. Engineered by Chris Steinmetz, Niko Bolas and George Tutko; assisted by Pete Magdaleno, Dick Keneshiro, Bart Stevens, Andy Udoff, Julie Last and Richard Hasai. Mixed by Mick Guzauski and Rall Rogut at Record One Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Japanese special edition comes with a 24-page booklet. Eric Carr, by the time that the album was released, had been deceased for 6 months. He appears on track 05, an alternate mix to the song appearing on Bill and Ted, and on Track 12 which was his instrumental jam with Ace, called "Heaven" which was recorded in 1981 and became "Breakout" on Ace's debut solo album. KISS butchered that demo for the 1991 release removing Ace and replacing him with Bruce and cutting out most of the song except for the drum solo.
There were rumors that the album would be called "Destroyer II." Paul addressed those rumors, "When I said that we were gonna go a step after 'Destroyer' I didn't mean that we were going to deliver 'Son Of Destroyer!' I was talking about the amount of care and time we put into it... The commitment to the material and the standards we set for ourselves. That was what we were going for. We weren't out to recreate 'Destroyer.' This album has little in common with it" (Kerrang #392). * Initially released on the "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" OST and as a single in 1991. The track was remixed for inclusion on the "Revenge" album.
Unholy - Gene Simmons on "guitar scratches" intro
Domino - Gene Simmons on rhythm guitar
Every Time I Look At You - Bruce Kulick on bass; Paul Stanley on acoustic guitar; Dick Wagner on guitar solo
Carr Jam 1981 - Eric Carr on rhythm guitar
Take It Off - Kevin Valentine on drums
Tough Love - Bruce Kulick on bass
God Gave Rock And Roll To You II - Eric Carr on harmonies
Several songs - Johnny Z on harmonica
Several songs - Tommy Thayer, Jesse Damon, Jamie St. James, on backing vocals
Chart Peak (USA): #6 (6/6/92) with 23 weeks on charts. Other countries: AUZ #5; CAN #11; GER #16; SWE #10; SWZ #6; UK #10
"Revenge" was certified gold by the RIAA on 7/20/92. It has sold over 602,000 (3/12) copies during the SoundScan(r) era. By 2003 Universal Music International reported international sales of over 325,000 of the album as part of non-US catalog sales of over 3 million during the 1992-2003 period (Billboard, 8/9/03).
Half of this album has been performed live. While never part of the electric set, "Every Time I Look At You" was a center-piece of the unplugged era, and culminating "MTV" performance. "Unholy," "Take It Off," and "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II" debuted during the spring club tour and were first performed live on April 23, 1992. "Domino" and "I Just Wanna" were added to the set for the autumn arena tour and were first performed live on September 30, 1992. Additionally, "Spit" was regularly performed during the 1995 Konvention tour.