After many listens to Vinnie's pre-KISS material recorded with Vinnie delivering the lead vocals, I've come to the conclusion that Gene borrowed highly from Vinnie's vocal harmonies, delivery, and approach, and continued this pattern in his own songs after Vinnie left the band. For sure I cannot be alone in believing this. I'm not just talking about the songs Vinnie co-wrote either. Everyone knows the classic KISS pre-'78 era, however going past that into Dynasty, Unmasked, and The Elder, Gene hadn't yet delivered the kind of vocal style as he does when Vinnie came into the picture on Creatures, or Lick It Up. Gene has said before that Vinnie was a great writer, but I think he was understating the impact of Vinnie to avoid the thought or notion about just how much Vinnie did for them as musicians. KISS was a rock n' roll band before Vinnie, and to me it more seems that KISS was a 'metal' band while Vinnie was there, or much closer to that edge. It's no secret Vinnie was inspired by Rhoads and Van Halen, and certainly wanted to be a part of that guitar-hero driven club, all the while he personally felt the need to be accepted by the fans, and surpass Ace as a guitarist and musician. I've wondered about the other songs Vinnie presented/submitted to KISS back then to play, and it would be great to hear those demos. Had he stuck with KISS, they would have surely had better songs in the rest of the 80's. I see a big parallel between 'God Of Thunder', which was Gene's staple anthem of the 70's era, and 'Unholy' which in my personal opinion was the best Gene song since the LIU tracks.