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Gene Simmons, Scott Van Zen, Bruce Kulick

"Hate" had components, notably the chorus, written in September 1993, but required the input of Scott Van Zen and Bruce Kulick to bring Gene's creation to life. Both Bruce and Gene saw the song as being the album's "Unholy," a bone-cruncher track that would give notice of the album's sonic intentions. The song was originally demoed in early 1994, during the long period where KISS members were individually working on-and-off on the follow-up to "Revenge."

The introduction to "Hate" is: "Ladies and Gentlemen, from Boise, Idaho... direct from the Paramount Theatre... 12 years-old, little Billy Corgan" with "Corgan" backwards-masked. According to Gene, "Instinctively, we want to kill, and we have to fight that urge. That's what the song 'Hate' is about" (Bass Player). Mercury initially planned to issue "Hate" as the second single from "Carnival Of Souls."

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