On October 13, 1982, Kiss released their 10th studio album Creatures of the Night. This was their last album under Casablanca records, and it was dedicated to Neil Bogart- founder of Casablanca records, who had passed away during the recording sessions.
This was the bands last album with original guitarist Ace Frehley credited as a band member, although he had no contribution to the actual album itself. He made efforts to do appearances with the band to promote the album, considering his face does appear on the original release. The album was re-released in 1985 with different cover art, featuring Bruce Kulick, who also did not play on the album. The guitarist who did the majority of the session work was Vinnie Vincent, who was originally uncredited on the album.
At this point, Kiss had entered a time of clear commercial downfall- they had cancelled their last tour and lost quite a bit of their fanbase following the release of Dynasty. In turn, Kiss had decided to make this album heavier, and the only ballad on the album, I Still Love You, was their heaviest ballad to date. Although the album is definitely not considered a dark album, it was defintely more of a hard rock album than some of their previous works.
Over 10 years later, the album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 9th, 1994. Looking past the positive feedback on the album, the band was still not nearly as successful has they had been in the years past, and even had to cancel tour dates due to lack of record sales. However, this album is by no means a bad Kiss record.