KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it's not "utterly necessary" for the band to release a new album to follow 2009's "Sonic Boom" and 2012's "Monster" and insists that KISS "can move forward without new music."
Stanley tells Classic Rock magazine: "There has to be a purpose to us doing an album.
"There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it's justified."
He continued: "'Sonic Boom' was an album that very much needed to be done, and 'Monster' just felt like, 'Well, we did 'Sonic Boom' — let's see where we go from here.' Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in KISS that right now it doesn't feel utterly necessary to make a new album."
Stanley does leave the door open to the possibility that he will change his mind. "Anything is possible," he says. "But at the moment I don't see it on the horizon. I'm not one to ever say 'never.'"
KISS's 20th album, "Monster", sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
KISS' previous CD, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.
KISS has notched nine Top 10 albums, according to Billboard.com. Its previous highest-charting set was 1998's "Psycho Circus", which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's other high-charting sets include 1975's "Alive!" (No. 9), 1977's "Love Gun" (No. 4) and 1992's "Revenge" (No. 6).