Isn’t it amazing? I know that it makes my jaw drop when I realize that KISS’ legendary album “Destroyer” is officially 35 years old today. Released on March 15, 1976, “Destroyer” was the fourth KISS studio album and directly followed their seminal “Alive” double album live presentation. I’ve been a KISS fan for a very, very long time and while “Destroyer” is one of my very favorites of their catalog, it was not the first album that I ever purchased. I think that I bought “Alive II” when it first came out at The Record Factory and then ordered a whole bunch of the older studio albums via one of those music clubs where you bought one album at their club price but got five or six albums for a dollar apiece. I don’t remember exactly but I think it was something like that. I digress.
The album “Destroyer” really has some amazing KISS tunes on it, and many of them are regularly played by the band in concert to this day in 2011 and very likely going forward into the furture as well. It’s here that the world first heard “Detroit Rock City”, “King Of The Night Time World”, “Beth”, “God Of Thunder” and “Shout It Out Loud”. Not bad stuff to have five giant tunes in the repertoire on one single album is it. I’ll admit to also keeping a kind smile to “Do You Love Me”, “Great Expectations” and “Flaming Youth” but I never really took to “Sweet Pain”. That is just my two cents. What are your favorites from this album and what about it appeals to you the most? I would love to hear from you on it. I just wanted to use the official blog for the site to congratulate KISS on this particular milestone. Reaching 35 years is one thing, but reaching that anniversary and having the album still be as exciting as it was when it was first released is something absolutely magnificent.
Official Website: www.kissonline.com
Album Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroyer_%28Kiss_album%29
The KISS albums were remastered in 1997 and unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a special edition of this particular release at this time. That’s a shame but you can at least order the original remaster via the Amazon.com link below. Check out a very old review that was done on PiercingMetal.com for the album back in 2006 by clicking HERE.