Well, let's be honest, Gene Simmons is an icon, no two ways about it and many of us picked up a bass thanks to him. Now we can take any Kiss album and find that it always follows a specific formula. 1. The sing along anthem. 2. The ballad. 3. The Gene song. So what is a "Gene song?" Well, it's the song with which Gene Simmons acts out his demon persona, often by spewing blood on stage or by appearing with his Axe bass. The best known Gene song of them all is without a doubt "God of thunder", with "I love it loud" a very close second. Those two songs clearly showcasing that there are two types of Gene songs. "I love it loud" is an in-your-face declaration, whereas "God of thunder" is more of a "I'm lurking in the shadows, watch out when I appear." slow, ominous song. But let's talk about the Gene songs which aren't as well known but would fit in so well with the blood spewing performance. First up, from "Carnival of souls", "Hate" Okay, this one is just full on, I can just see the flame pots blowing if the band launches into this song, which is very unlikely. From "Music of the elder", the first of two songs I'm gonna name from that album; "Under the rose" It isn't too hard to see Gene's demon persona as some kind of entity, who is ready to pass judgement on a young would be hero. But it could also be a father speaking to a son kind of song. It has that slow, Ominous vibe I mentioned earlier but is also very grand. As if the one he's addressing is shown just how vast the challenge is that he must face. Now to his own admission Gene Simmons "Wasn't there" during the eighties, so the band and Gene himself had something to prove. And their aptly titled "Revenge" album started off with a long overdue Gene song. "Unholy" is right in your face and definite proof that even without his make up Gene Simmons was indeed THAT Gene Simmons. And here's the second "Elder" track "Mr. Blackwell" Well here we are in "God of thunder" territory, slow, brooding, very dark and menacing. Kiss never toured to support "The Elder" but this could have replaced "God of Thunder" for the blood spewing act. They say the sting is in the tail and "Creatures of the night" had not one but TWO Gene songs, the first is "I love it loud" and the second one is the album closer. "War machine" just had it all, a gut punching riff, Eric Carr's cannon fire drums and Gene's demon persona in full swing. It was a fitting closer for Kiss' first make up era.