“Destroyer” (remaster) by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Destroyer” (remaster)
Label: Mercury/Universal
Release Date: 7/15/1997
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 9/10

Destroyer is probably one of the most popular of all the KISS albums that has ever been released.. As the immediate follow-up to the juggernaut “Alive”, the larger public suddenly found themselves “KISS Crazy” and this album would prove to be an instant classic. Released in 1976, the original album took advantage of the momentum that was provided by the live album and delivered to their fans a solid record with many of the bands most popular numbers. Starting off with “Detroit Rock City” the group now had a concert opener that rivaled “Deuce”. It remained an opening track for over a dozen years until the band would decide to change things up. Songs such as “King Of The Night Time World” and “God Of Thunder” were instrumental in bringing to life the over the top nature their individual personas had over their fans, while “Flaming Youth” and “Shout It Out Loud” became anthems that everyone would find themselves singing. The coin was flipped with “Beth” as the piano laden ballad was considered a throwaway track yet would become the bands biggest hit.

It’s contemporary radio friendly nature would find it outselling the mega-hit “Rock And roll All Nite” making the bands most popular song something completely devoid of their image and antics. Destroyer is not only one of the most popular albums in the fans eyes, but also one of the biggest sellers from their catalog overall. As a fan of KISS you can’t go wrong with this album and if for some reason you are only the casual listener then this release is the perfect album for your collection. The cover depicting KISS rising among a ruined city was the perfect example of the group’s new found power and appeal. It was time to enlist in the KISS Army.

The KISS remasters are excellent in their overall sound quality but do not offer any additional or unreleased songs outside of what was on the original album. The original artwork is replicated and features the interesting graphics that often made up a KISS Album. If the artwork was limited, this is of course reflected as well. Music History fans will appreciate the included historical liner notes on the CD’s inner section. Each release has information that is topical to the album and the bands history.

Track Listing:
1. Detroit Rock City
2. King Of The Night Time World
3. God Of Thunder
4. Great Expectations
5. Flaming Youth
6. Sweet Pain
7. Shout It Out Loud
8. Beth
9. Do You Love Me?

Official Website: www.KISSonline.com

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