Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has released his third solo effort, BK3 on February 2nd. I have always felt that Bruce Kulick is the most under rated guitar player KISS ever had. On this new disc, Kulick gets to strut his stuff not only on the six string, but vocally as well. He isn’t without help on BK3, as this CD is loaded with guest stars, including Gene & Nick Simmons, Tobias Sammet, John Corabi and more.
BK3 starts off with a pretty credible rocker,”Fate”. Kulick dishes out some pretty cool guitar licks and does a solid job vocally as well. His voice reminds me of Gene Simmons, who ironically handles the vocals on the following song, “Ain’t Gonna Die”. I prefer “Fate” to “Ain’t Gonna Die”. Overall, both songs have a gritty edge that remind me of the later KISS releases with Kulick.
Kulick’s former band mate John Corabi handles the vocals on “No Friend of Mine”. This song made me regret missing Crabby perform with his solo band when they came to Dayton, Ohio a few weeks ago. This song grows on me more and more with every listen.
Nick Simmons sings on the tune “Hand of the King”, and I must admit, I didn’t really care for his vocals very much. I don’t know if this is the first song he has ever sang on or not. His voice is not unlike his father’s but just doesn’t work for me on this tune. The guitar work is great on “Hand of The King” , but overall I thought this song was forgettable. “I’ll Survive” is the second song that Kulick sings on, and much like the previous track, it just falls flat.
The biggest surprise guest on BK3 is the Knack’s Doug Fieger. I haven’t heard anything from the Knack in ages, and found his vocals on “Dirty Girl” quite enjoyable. This song is one of BK3’s highlights.
Kulick takes over on vocals for “Final Mile”. This is a slower tune that has a southern rock vibe. It isn’t perfect, but I have grown to like after a few plays.
“I’m The Animal” features not one, but two guests. Tobias Sammet from Edguy handles the vocals, while Eric Singer from KISS plays the drums. Kulick ups the ante with some stellar fretwork. Sammet truly delivers with his vocal performance. This is easily one of the best songs on BK3. I absolutely love this tune.
“And I Know” is an upbeat, catchy song that deserves a lot of airplay.
Steve Lukather struts his six string prowess on the instrumental “Between The Lines”. While I am not a huge fan of instrumental songs, I must admit that Lukather’s playing is outstanding.
BK3 is closed out with Kulick’s final vocal performance on “Life”. For whatever reason, I didn’t really care for Bruce’s vocals on this song. The music is good, but the vocals kill it for me.
So, should you buy BK3? If you are a die-hard Kulick, or Union fan, you will probably want to pick this up. Overall, I thought this CD did not feel like a very cohesive effort. The song styles are varied, and some of the guests do more harm than good. There are some cool moments on the CD, but I was hoping for more from Bruce Kulick and company. You can check out some of the songs from BK3, at the Bruce Kulick myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
02. Ain’t Gonna Die
03. No Friend Of Mine
04. Hand Of The King
05. I’ll Survive
06. Dirty Girl
07. Final Mile
08. I’m The Animal
09. And I Know
10. Between The Lines
BRUCE KULICK’s third solo album “BK3” released in Europe on January 29th and on February 2nd in the Unites States. Frontiers is getting very good responses from press and fans. It is now possible to enjoy Bruce Kulick’s own album presentation in the clip below:
Frontiers Records proudly announces the signing of Bruce Kulick for the European release of “BK3” – his third solo album – on January 29th 2010.
Kulick, who first gained notoriety as a member of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell” touring band, may be best known for his twelve years (1984-1996) as lead guitarist of KISS, during which time he appeared on nine gold, two platinum and one multi-platinum KISS albums. It is, however, the wealth of experience he has gained in his 13 post-KISS years that shines through on “BK3”.
The album takes listeners for quite a ride over its twelve songs… from the frenetic and anger-fuelled “Fate” (co-written by Kevin Churko, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne), to the philosophical and uplifting “Life“. Never one to mind sharing the spotlight with other talented musicians, Kulick invited several guest artists to appear on “BK3”, including Gene Simmons of KISS on the anthemic “Ain’t Gonna Die“, Doug Fieger (lead vocalist of The Knack) on the soon-to-be pop classic “Dirty Girl“, Tobias Sammett (Edguy, Avantasia) and Eric Singer (KISS) on the fierce “I’m The Animal“, Nick Simmons (son of Gene) on “Hand of the King“, former Union cohort John Corabi on the moody “No Friend Of Mine” and guitar legend Steve Lukather (Toto) on the exciting instrumental “Between The Lines.”
In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, “BK3” delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honour both Kulick’s singular past and bright future. “Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3,” Kulick says. “There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge.”
“BK3” includes the following tracks:
Fate; Ain’t Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons); No Friend of Mine (featuring John Corabi); Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons); I’ll Survive; Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger); Final Mile; I’m The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet and Eric Singer); And I Know; Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather); Life; Skydome (from the BK CD “Audiodog”)*
* Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe
Bruce plans to take “BK3” to his fans through as many avenues as possible, including live concerts, appearances at KISS Expos and media. While there have been many milestones along the way in his 30+ years of performing and recording, “BK3” marks a new pinnacle for Bruce Kulick.