Kiss has done a LOT of different over the top things throughout their 40+ year career to gather people's attention; some more outlandish than others. Yesterday (January 19) however, they really took the cake when they released their collaborative single with J-pop group Momoiro Clover Z titled Yume No Ukiyo Saitemina.
The video released for the single is quite vibrant, fast paced, and borderline psychedelic at times. It is half animated, half live action featuring both groups preparing to do battle with one another, though by the end both groups earn each other's respect. In a way it's like the Saturday morning cartoons you watched as a kid on acid. Be that as it may, it really is a treat to the eyes if you are willing to open your mind a bit.
The song itself is primarily poppy with Momoiro Clover Z taking the lead vocals, but Kiss brings up the rear with some darker, heavier edge and occasionally throwing in some shouted "heys" and guitar solos to make it sound more like the collaboration it is supposed to be.
Neither the video nor the song will be every Kiss fan's cup of tea, but for those with enough of an open mind to try something new they may yet find it enjoyable. However, if the initially released version isn't to one's liking, there will be two different versions: the Momocio version and the Kiss version that will be on the Best of Kiss 40 album titled Samurai Son.