Kiss – Destroyer (1976/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Kiss – Destroyer (1976/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:33:56 minutes | 1,36 GB | Genre: Rock
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Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 in the US. It was the third successive Kiss album to reach the top 40 in the US, as well as the first to chart in Germany and New Zealand. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first Kiss album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums.

The pressure was on Kiss for their fifth release, and the band knew it. Their breakthrough, Alive!, was going to be hard to top, so instead of trying to recreate a concert setting in the studio, they went the opposite route. Destroyer is one of Kiss’ most experimental studio albums, but also one of their strongest and most interesting. Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin was on hand, and he strongly encouraged the band to experiment — there’s extensive use of sound effects (the album’s untitled closing track), the appearance of a boy’s choir (“Great Expectations”), and an orchestra-laden, heartfelt ballad (“Beth”). But there’s plenty of Kiss’ heavy thunder rock to go around, such as the demonic “God of Thunder” and the sing-along anthems “Flaming Youth,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “King of the Night Time World,” and “Detroit Rock City” (the latter a tale of a doomed concert-goer, complete with violent car-crash sound effects). But it was the aforementioned Peter Criss ballad, “Beth,” that made Destroyer such a success; the song was a surprise Top Ten hit (it was originally released as a B-side to “Detroit Rock City”). Also included is a song that Nirvana would later cover (“Do You Love Me?”), as well as an ode to the pleasures of S&M, “Sweet Pain.” Destroyer also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes. –AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

1 Detroit Rock City 5:20
2 King Of The Night Time World 3:13
3 God Of Thunder 4:15
4 Great Expectations 4:21
5 Flaming Youth 3:00
6 Sweet Pain 3:20
7 Shout It Out Loud 2:50
8 Beth 2:47
9 Do You Love Me 4:56
10 Rock And Roll Party 1:22

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, backing vocals
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass guitar
Peter Criss – drums, percussion, vocals
Dick Wagner – lead guitar on “Sweet Pain”, acoustic guitar on “Beth”
Brooklyn Boys Chorus – vocals on “Great Expectations”
David and Josh Ezrin – voices on “God of Thunder”
New York Philharmonic – Orchestra on “Beth”