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An Experiment In Destruction

  • Aug 13, 2009
KISS' Destroyer was, at the time of its release, the most experimental album that the band had put out. It was also the first certified platinum album for the group. Thirty-plus years later, the album is still regarded as one of the band's greatest efforts. Why? For the simple fact that this album not only appealled to hardcore KISS fans, it reached out to the mainstream as well.

One could argue that this album is more like a mini greatest hits package than just KISS' fourth major label release. A number of their greatest tracks are included here. The first track, "Detroit Rock City" is my favorite KISS tune. It's a blistering rocker that showcases Gene Simmons' bass. Another thundering tune is "God Of Thunder." "Beth" shows the softer side of the group, and it became one of their greatest hits. "Do You Love Me" takes the listener on a wild ride with the ladies that love KISS. "Great Expectations" shows KISS experimenting heavily with their sound (and it works here). The anthemic rocker "Shout It Out Loud" will have you pumping your fists into the air. "King of the Night Time World," " "Flaming Youth," and "Sweet Pain." round out the collection.

To top it all off, "Destroyer" has what many consider to be one of the greatest album covers ever.

If you consider yourself a KISS fan and do not own "Destroyer," then you aren't a true KISS fan. If you've never heard KISS before or only know them from their later work or the many greatest hits packages released over the years, trust me when I tell you that "Destroyer" is THE album to own by KISS. Highly recommended.

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With their 1976 albumDestroyer, the band's fifth release in two years, Kiss began to expand their fan base by shedding a bit of their edge, taking on a more melodic sound and a less menacing image. The Peter Criss ballad "Beth," written for his wife, is the most sentimental love ballad the group ever recorded, and songs like "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud" had the kind of arena-rock punch that kept subscriptions to the Kiss Army at an all-time high. Despite, or because of, the blatantly commercial direction the band seemed to be heading in, 1976 was the most creatively rewarding period in its lengthy career. In addition to releasingDestroyer, the band pumped out the equally touted albumRock and Roll Over, which included the pounding "Take Me" and the groovin' "Calling Dr. Love." The only finer year was 1978, when the band starred in the classic B-grade flickKiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Label: Island, Mercury
Artist: KISS
Release Date: September 16, 2008

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