Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976, by Casablanca Records 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.Wikipedia
It's been almost 50 years and I'm sure it still bugs the shit out of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons that their band's biggest hit was written and sung by the freaking drummer. It makes all the sense in the world since Peter Criss, with his Rod Stewart meets Joe Crocker voice, was often the band's best vocalist. Kiss was all about selling out and selling out hard, and after finally breaking through with "Alive", one of the all-time great live albums that is somehow missing from this list, they wanted a studio album that would be something resembling an artistic statement. So they brought in Producer Bob Ezrin, succumbed to his music boot camp, and let him mix in an orchestra and all sorts of sound effects. Somehow it all works. I love the theatrical vision of "Detroit Rock City" crashing right into "King Of The Night Time World". The anthems "Flaming Youth" and "Shout It Out Loud" have aged better than the overplayed "Rock & Roll All Nite". Hell, I even love the fanfare that somehow gets billed as a track of its own after "Do You Love Me", a song that benefits from Ezrin's studio trickery in a big way. My lone complaint is I wish there was a song where they turned the microphone over to Mr. Ace Frehley. But the Spaceman still wasn't comfortable enough to sing lead. It might be impossible for me to be completely objective about this album. We all bring our own baggage or backstory to some of these albums. This one was a huge part of my personal Flaming Youth. Destroyer and Alive were the first two albums I ever owned. I still have a certain attachment to both of them. On vinyl, the packaging and visuals really stood out in 1976. And I still listen to Destroyer regularly. Kiss never put a complete album together like this again for a multitude of reasons. The band may never go away (Stanley and Simmons clearly plan on finding replacements to wear their makeup so that Kiss will continue long after they're buried in their own Kiss Koffins). And Destroyer is also here to stay and set the world on fire.
You know, this one didn't age as badly as I expected it to. That said, actively listening to a KISS record feels like an exercise in cognative dissonance. On one hand, you have a whole album of youth power anthems. But, when the album was released, Gene Simmons was 26. It feels like pandering. You're also talking about a band who was considered "so evil" at the time but, in retrospect, their songs were super plain-jane vanilla even in the context of their contemporaries. Overall, I felt like it was "meh" but not in an altogether bad way.
KISS just sounds like an ABBA cover group that decided to become a heavy metal parody act, and does a disservice to both.
For several of the tracks, you can listen to about one-third of the song and you've heard everything. The remaining two-thirds is just recycling. No thanks. The album feels like a characature of a Rock and Roll band, but without much Rock and Roll in the musicianship. Two out of ten tracks were on the verge of catching my attention. That is not enough to distract from the terrile lyrics of most of the songs. The lyrics emphasize a lot of what I don't like about KISS - trying say "I am SO great" soaked in sleaze. The music fits in with the charicatures they played on the stage. Did the drummer, sitting behind the drums for most/all of the show really wear platform shoes too? Congratulations KISS, you earned my first 1 star rating.
The Soundtrack of my youth, this is Kiss' best album
-1 the first minute and a half was just motorcycle sounds
Meh... No, digo, algunas canciones son muy divertidas como Detroit Rock City con su toque rock & roll y God Thunder con su ondita más de hair metal (por ende, las canciones que más disfruté), pero, aunque en realidad tiene variedad con sus momentos baladescos, hardrockeros y hasta metaleros, no me dio la impresión de variedad (if that makes sense). Mood: metal en drag meets fursonas de pandas :v
nope. didn't need to listen to that before I die
Throwaway glam metal from four shit musicians, none of which could sing. KISS just might be the worst band in the world.
Pretty generic and not really engaging, can understand the appeal and they certainly leaned into the whole notion of the band as a pure product but I'm not a fan.
Dude, look at that cover, it's literally four trannies jumping from a pile of rubble, wtf. 100% cringe, can't take that shit serious
This album reminds me of my former boss who is in a kiss cover band. I almost got to see them perform, and if this was what they were playing, I’m glad I missed it
Rocking good album. From Detroit Rock City through God if Thunder to Beth
You wanted the best, you got the best...
top ten album!
Master do tidal maravilhosa, clássico dos clássicos
Best album so far.
I can feel the leather as it passes through my ear drums.
It Is THE Kiss Sound. Nothing more to say
KISS knew exactly where their career was and where it needed to go when they made this record. They start the album with a radio playing Rock and Roll All Nite before they rush headlong into Detroit Rock City. It’s like they said “We got you hooked with this, now here’s the REAL stuff.” And the album kicks ass. Paul Stanley is a man’s man of a singer and is just so good here. Plus you get Beth!
Detroit Rock City is fantastic and the rest of the album is playing around with the edge of rock and metal. Big fan.
Great run time, easy listening, several of their big hits, a good sound, and catchy melodies and lyrics, it’s just one of those great rock albums.
This ablum holds a special place for me. By 1994, I had written Kiss off as a bit a joke band who had gone away when they lost their make up. So the week or so before I turned 21 that year I was browsing a second hand market when I ran into the boyfriend of a friend of mine. He was in a semi popular local band and I was always embarrassingly in awe of him. He said he had heard it was my birthday coming up (probably as I told everyone and anyone who would listen). When we hit a stall selling old tapes and CDs, he picked up a Tape of Destroyer and asked me what I thought. I scoffed and he corrected me by saying that it was one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and that the band where all showmanship and class. He handed over the $2 the tape was selling for and then put the tape in my hands saying, go home have listen to is with out abn preconceptions and just enjoy it. I did. And I enjoyed it. Even though I was elbow deep in listening to all things Alternative© at the time, this was revelation. Kiss rocked so well. I got paid out about my new love of Kiss but got my revenge at my 21st by putting this tape on and watched my friends who either hadn't listened to the band since they were 7 or secretly loving them and hiding it all enjoying Destroyer
I've always been put off KISS by the way they look. But I realised that this is quite judgemental of me and these poor people must have suffered throughout their lives due to their unusual facial pigmentation, incredible hair, and malformed feet. Anyway, this album is decent; well-rounded and nicely paced with tight production. And it doesn't sound like I expected a KISS album to sound.
Segurament el millor disc de KISS, i el que va cimentar la seva fama monstruosa als '70. En el seu génere és gairebé perfecte, de començament al final. El toc de Bob Ezrin a la producció també mereix esmenta
Best thing that Detroit has ever made
This is Kiss at or near their peak for me, I'll listen to this album anytime.
Departing from a raw hard rock style from their previous records, "Destroyer" shows a more mature KISS flirting with heavy metal and growing to have better compositions and production. Still a lot of silly 1970s excess rock lyrics, but making it very clear that what they want is to party, never really taking themselves very serious. Paul Stanley's vocals are at its peak and Ace Frehley has some of his greatest guitar solos in here. Gene Simmons and Peter Criss also have very good contributions, wich make "Destroyer" something of a very definitive studio album for KISS - an important part of american rock music.
Really liked it much more than I thought. Didn’t realise Beth was on this album!
Fine. I'm giving this one all the stars just because it was fun, sounded amazing on Atmos, and it's Friday.
Just a fun rock'n'roll album. Best track - "God of Thunder". Plus a star for the fourth wall breaks.
Kiss is good fun, good rockin. Detroit Rock City is a classic. Wouldn't say the whole album is classic, but there are a few absolute corker songs here.
Enjoyed the album very much
Creo que tiene toda una vibra feel-good y tipo "no importa otra cosa, siente la música". Kiss siempre se me ha hecho entretenido, de todas formas, aunque nunca había escuchado un álbum completo y lo disfruté. Sobre todo su duración. No me pareció pretencioso y está chistoso el detalle de los niños en "God of Thunder" y la canción final, con esa muchedumbre como despidiéndose. En fin, creo que no tuve skips, incluso las más relajadas como "Beth" o "Great Expectations" las escuché con gusto. "Do You Love Me" muy pejagosa y muy bien todos los cortes instrumentales. 8.5/10
I knew many more songs than I thought, and I'd say they have aged well for me!
Nothing special, I was deciding between 3 and 4.
Great fun. God of Thunder and Great Expectations are just too much though and take away from the rest which stay just the right side of ridiculous.
Great album!! 😃
Nunca me ha gustado Kiss, pero sí disfruté el álbum.
It's quite good, you can listen to it anytime, it's pretty balanced, it's got songs to be happy, in love, sad. I liked it
Für mich war des a klassiker Nichts weltbewegendes aber wenn kiss dann dieses album
First off, I love the segue between some of the songs, it just flows so smoothly. I was pleasantly surprised with how good most of the songs sounded. Highlights were King of The Night Time World, Shout It Out Loud and Beth. The only thing was I felt I was getting bored through listening to some of the songs, and there was one that I just disliked, so I rate it 3.5-4/5 stars.
Absolutely great. Loved this album. They have such a powerful good time sound.
I liked it, a bit better recording quality would not hurt
I used to work with a couple of guys that were in a KISS tribute band (DO NOT EVER CALL THEM A COVER BAND) and they would play KISS all. the. time. This is a good album that is just fun rock-n-roll. RIP Dave my God of Thunder - I miss you brother.
Is KISS good? Maybe not. But are they fun? Hell yes.
Finding it difficult to dislike this, as stupid as it can be at times. Meets the definition of irrisistable rock n roll.
Again this is pretty good for what it is. I haven't minded having it on while I'm working. Four stars.
Awesome rock album, some parts I didn't care for but some 5 star songs
I was impressed, album is pretty solid
Better than I expected...
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Detroit rock city, King of the night time world, Shout it out loud, Beth, Do you love me
Ik ken geen nummers van dit album, en vond het ook niet zo spectaculair. Blijft wel een goede groep
Godt og kort klassisk rock. Masser af guitar, og et par enkelte kedelige numre
Entertaining and catchy rock album that is very easy to listen to and hard to find flaws
«Shout It Out Loud» Publicado: 1 de marzo de 1976 «Flaming Youth» Publicado: 30 de abril de 1976 «Detroit Rock City / Beth» Publicado: 28 de julio de 1976 «Beth» Publicado: agosto de 1976
Some say they are corny, but I will always be a fan of Kiss. Fun album.
This is the classic lineup and their best album by far.
It's Destroyer by Kiss. Opening with one of the best number one tracks. This album just rocks plain and simple. Best they ever did!
Quit listening half way through but listened to it on the way home and didn't regret it. What a fun album, and of course i enjoyed the bass work
First 3 songs were great; great expectations and beth made me want to throw up; everything else was really good; barely barely a 4
Gets a bit repetitive but hard to beat that opening track
[Enter town here] ROCK CITY!
Never really got into KISS. Maybe I should have. This album was a fun listen!
I rarely describe anything as a guilty pleasure. If you enjoy it, you enjoy it. But given that Gene Simmons is a terrible human being, and a lot of what is on this album is so cheesy it comes in a wooden box and is actually pronounced 'destroyeur' this is truly a guilty pleasure. Detroit Rock City is just perfect, God of Thunder rocks even of it has a very poor grasp of Norse mythology, and even the slowie, Beth, is that rarest of beasts, a perfectly good Kiss ballad. It adds nothing to culture, but sometimes you just want to whip your nips out and paint your face.
Ca commence fort avec Detroit Rock city. Un bon album de kiss, ca rock a fond et c'est tout a fait leur style. DRC et God of Thunder sont mes highligths vraiment mais j'ai toujours aimé Kiss. 4.25
Goofy and high energy but with levels of self-awareness
These four demons of the day probably felt like Satan reborn to the general pearl clutching public but their music is relatively tame not just compared to today, but to some of their peers. Their bark was worse than their bite. But that doesn't mean the music is bad, this is classic American rock. Detroit Rock City and God of Thunder were my favs, Shout it Out Loud was good too. They were established by this point so I bet people went crazy over this album. Look at Gene's insane shoes!
A very entertaining album. Unexpected to have known only 2 songs on it. One of which was by Beethoven (7/10). FT: Beth
Kiss was my first concert. Mind you it was the makeup-less era (1990, Hot in the Shade Tour), but it was a religious experience for me nonetheless. There was a giant talking friggin' sphynx. I mean, come on... during "God of Thunder" the damn sphynx spoke ("I am the lord of the wasteland...")! Kiss was my childhood. Looking back today, with my oh so much more sophisticated tastes, I laugh at the juvenility of most of their stuff, but damn was it fun when I was 13. This album is probably the best studio offering from their heyday. They wouldn't sound this good on record until Creatures of the Night in 1982. But on Destroyer, Bob Ezrin has them sounding like actual musicians and not just a bunch of meatheads in mime makeup from NYC trying to gimmick their way to a buck. Lightning, meet bottle.
As a former citizen of Detroit Rock City, I have to give it up for the boys in make up. Beth is such a classic, too
Pretty solid album. Found out about 'Beth' this time around
Van Halen and KISS back to back? I feel like some people won’t like that. I don’t mind, though. even though I came of age around the time of nu metal, my hard and heavy discoveries were better fits for VH1 Classic than TRL. I’d still pick Destroyer over Follow the Leader any day. Although this is far from a perfect album. KISS just weren’t as strong songwriters or musicians as Aerosmith or AC/DC, which explains why they’re better remembered for their theatrics than their catalogue. But most of these songs are still pretty good and they’re all solid performers, although I do think it’s funny that Ace, who’s generally considered the best artist of the group, had the weakest tracks here. Honestly, I think Peter wins this time, since I groove to “Beth”’s cheesy sincerity. I’d take it on the radio over another damn Foreigner song any day. B
7/10 pretty good idk but bro wtf was Beth lmao the song sounded so stupid coming from a band/album like this so I looked up to see if these guys made a music video and I’m so glad they did because it’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen haha yeah idk, again it’s pretty good but those slow songs are really cringe
Memories of early teenage years!
KISS can produce hits and duds all in one album, luckily this album covers 5-6 of their most iconic songs. This band is just not as good on studio albums, but their guitar riffs come shining through. This album suffers from a bad mix and weird decisions (school kid sounds in God of Thunder). Stand-Outs: Detroit Rock City, Beth, Do You Love Me
Not the best KISS album. Decent though.
Some cool songs but a bit boring for me. Might be better at a live concert or something. Production was nice.
"It's so sad, livin' at home" (KIng of the Night Time World) ¿Me pondría a escuchar discos de KISS por voluntad propia? No. ¿Pero me lo paso bien cuando cuadra y lo hago? Totalmente.
It’s kiss. But I’m not really into kids much
A short rock and roll album. Detroit Rock City is a great song. 2RS
Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 10/20 Innovation: 8/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =42 Barely even a 3! I would have expected more bangers from Kiss!
Decent, nothing more.
Some good tracks - opener is brilliant
Great album but loses a mark for great expectations
There wasn't any particular songs that stood out for me, and some songs are a bit cringy. But overall ok and I imagine it would be great to see live.
Definitely one of the best KISS albums. Fun one to drive to
KISS is a weird and polarizing band. There aren’t many bands that I have heard people talk about in such extremes. So many people love them, but a great amount hate them too. I, myself, never really listened to them much. I had heard their super popular singles like “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Night”, but that was about it. This was my first full length album of theirs and it was a weird experience to say the least. It started off strong with “Detroit Rock City” and “King of the Night Time World”. Then, it took a huge dive with God of Thunder, and despite songs like “Sweet Pain” not being horrible, it still didn’t quite recover until “Shout it Out Loud”. After that, “Beth” was fantastic, but “Do You Love Me” didn’t do it for me. I don’t even really know the point of “Rock and Roll Party”. It was weird and didn’t add anything at all except waste a minute of my time. So a couple fantastic songs, one or two okay songs, and a good chunk of material that was either bad or pointless. Like I said, weird album from a weird band. All in all, 3/5.
Surprisingly fun for such a famous record. A lot about sex though so idk. But at least the recording quality is great and it's just -fun-
I thought kiss did death metal when i was a kid. Banger love songs lang pala
Being honest, this hasn't aged well... but it's still a lot of fun.
I only know 2 songs by Kiss and never heard anything else, so I'm curious how a full album will sound. First songs are really strong, but it kind of fizzles off in the half. Definitely not my favourite when it comes to rock or metal.
Kiss not my cup of tea. Had a banger on there though in shout.
Solid rock and roll album.
uhhh, good pop hard rock, some pretty rough lyrics, no small amount of male prowess and misogyny but I suppose that’s the genre? it’s KISS it’s classic rock and Beth is still a fine tune.
What’s not to enjoy about KISS
Funny how at the time their whole schtick was considered so scandalous and controversial, while in hindsight it’s just kinda corny. Liked the album, it was fun, not great.
I have never been a huge KISS fan and this doesn't exactly seem like their best. Again, I don't know because I don't listen often. But if this is their best I wonder why they have so many fans. It is a solid but forgettable 70's rock album to me.
kiss and tell
Solidia rokkia, mut KISS ei oo oikeen ikinä ollu mulle mikään juttu
Kiss on kyllä yhtye jonka musiikki toimii paremmin joko livenä tai näköradiossa. Pelkällä äänellä levy on kovin keskinkertainen eikä kummemmin koveta.
God of thundderrr
Gene Simmons is a tool. Just listen to his interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air. Musically, it's ok. Nothing crazy to listen to, they are a live band experience for sure.
Ahaha, here's one that takes me back. My brother had this album when I was a kid. Look at these guys. The costumes, the imagery, the grandeur, the pure RAWK of it all. It's impossible to listen to a KISS album without considering the whole package, because you're not supposed to. The music is the image is the music and it was designed that way, years before anyone knew about MTV. The problem is, if you take away the image, there's little to recommend. And I happen to like KISS, by the way. The album is fun and a time capsule for sure, but overall middling in quality. Weak tunes are held up by the stronger ones, glued together by the KISS-ness of the whole deal. "Detroit Rock City" is the true superstar of this album and it's pulling most of the weight here, while songs like "God of Thunder" and "Flaming Youth" are just kind of tagging along for the ride. "Shout It Out Loud" and "Do You Love Me" are fun, likeable '70s rockers and "Beth" is a sweet power ballad that should have closed out the whole album. Musically, the album is good enough, with riffs galore. Paul and Gene make for an interesting pair of contrasting leads. Yet they never really pull it together and half the songs fall flat. The lyrics are as shallow as you might expect, but no one comes to KISS looking for great lyrics. In that respect, I guess Destroyer delivers. Bet it sounded rad live. Fave songs: Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, Beth
Okay I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about a fucking KISS album but it was only 30 minutes long so I gave it a shot. Honestly, it kind of slapped. Also, didn't realize the song Paul Rudd sings at the end of Role Models to his love interest Beth was the song "Beth" off this album, nice to connect those dots.
Surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be.
A bit too cheesy 70s rock for me, but pretty decent (or average) rock n roll album
Rock suave. Un poco aburrido.
I am looking forward to this. I have NEVER listend to an entire KISS album. I have seen them in concert, and I have heard many of their songs, but an actual album will be interesting. I also want to read up on them because, like how the HELL did a band like this even come to be? Detroit Rock City - Definitely heard this one. Classic rock sound all over. Big, big, big rock song. The album is as kitchy as they band. I mean, they love themselves so much. They embody the rockstar mentality on every song. Every song is so full of ego, it's insane. Beth is a clear outlier. A piano ballad amongst just boys club debaucherously male fantasy songs. Anyway, it's a crisp, clear rock album that does NOT overstay its welcome. 10 songs, 3 minutes a piece and we're out.
Good fun, nothing special
Heavy metal ñoño. Para mí no llega a ser heavy metal. Se aproxima más a baladas pop.
Just the kind of music you'd have playing in the background in a rock bar. Not bad and solidly played, fun enough for in the background when you're having drinks with friends. Not nearly interesting enough for me to listen to for its own sake. Cookie-cutter classic, I guess.
It's Kiss. Schlock, cock rock with terrible painted faces. It's terrible but kind of great at the same time. Best Tracks: Shout It Out Loud; Beth; Do You Love Me?
5/10 . nothing crazy
Overall pretty good. Some snoozers though
A strong Kias album that builds on their reputation as hard rock kings. Adds the wrinkle of a beautiful and highly successful balad in Beth. 3.5 🌟
Detroit Rock City is a great movie, so they get an extra star
J'aurai aimé pouvoir parler de cet album, mais je n'ai malheureusement rien écouté, et pour cause: j'étais beaucoup trop concentré sur la langue absolument immense arborée par Gene Clark sur cet album. Une bien belle évolution physique pour l'ennemi de toujours de Cat Stevens, affaire à suivre.
L'album est sympa, ni plus ni moins. Je voulais revenir sur l'épisode que j'ai abordé dans ma dernière critique (celle de Rubber Soul des Beatles). Je vous avais informé qu'alors que je buvais du Glühwein avec une amie et que je m'apprêtais à critiquer le Générateur, une personne avait interrompu ma discussion. Ma critique se concluait par des soupçons d'espionnage, rien de plus. Cela fait maintenant plusieurs jours que je suis malade, ma gorge me fait souffrir le martyre et je suis cloué au lit. Je peux aujourd'hui vous affirmer avec certitude que j'ai été empoisonné, et je crois me souvenir du moment où j'ai baissé ma garde. Reprenons depuis l'arrivée de l'étranger. Cette personne s'est assise à ma diagonale. L'échange s'est tendu aussitôt : « Peut-on savoir de quoi vous étiez en train de parler, si ce n'est pas indiscret ? » s'exclama-t-il. Je ne répondis pas. « Excusez mon impolitesse, je ne me suis pas présenté. Mon nom complet est Norbert Episode. Vous êtes Robfrontalière, je présume ? » Aucun de ses propos ne m'inspirait confiance. Je décidai une nouvelle fois de ne pas répondre. « Hmm... je vois, dit-il. Je comprends que vous vouliez garder le secret à propos de votre identité. En ce qui me concerne, je reste très souvent évasif au sujet de ma profession. Il est vrai qu'elle n'est pas ordinaire. Je ne vais pas en dévoiler d'avantage, mais sachez qu'elle consiste en une réception d'appels et en une série d'interventions sur le terrain. » J'avais un très mauvais pressentiment. « C'est du Glühwein, que vous buvez ? » reprit-il. Je hochai la tête. « Vous savez, j'ai dans ma poche un sachet de poudre dont le goût se marie à merveille avec le Glühwein, videz-le dans votre verre. » m'ordonna-t-il. Je m'exécutai. « Bien, je dois à présent partir. » dit-il en partant. C'est seulement le surlendemain que je compris ce qui s'était passé. Ma gorge douloureuse et mon front brûlant, je retournais son identité dans tous les sens : « Norbert Episode, Norbert Episode, Norbert Episode... Eurêka ! Norbert Episode est en fait une anagramme d'"Espion de Robert"... » J'avais été manipulé.
Beter dan den Boland!
Silly, empty sounding but a bit fun in small doses maybe
More of a 3.5-star album. Fun but a little flat.
Dit is voor mij echte onvervalste hardrock. Van die muziek die je op de radio hoort als je door Amerika over de lange wegen rijdt. Niet dat ik daar ervaring in heb. Muziek is lekker melodieus, niet te complex, en niet teveel vreemde overgangen. Het schreeuwerige van de zanger past zelfs bij deze muziek omdat het net niet te overdreven is. Mijn favoriet is "Flaming Youth". ***
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuper campy. 5/10
5/10. KISS has some nostalgic value for me, so this was fine, but didn't really have a lot of what I'd consider their memorable songs.
6/10 some good songs but not a fantastic album
It doesn’t really flow with that tracklist order but it’s otherwise a pretty great rock album. Not their best though
Singles are amazing. Everything else pretty ok. Basic Rock N Roll fun
Levyn alkupuolella ehdin jo pelästyä, että miten voi KISS kuulostaa näin hyvältä. Neljäs biisi sitten rauhoitti tilanteen ja loppulevy oli aika yhdentekevää. Kyllä God of Thunderilla kuitenkin kolmoseen saakka päästään!
From the singles I've heard I'd always assumed Kiss were the worst band of all time. Some decent tracks on here though
Cool. Not really my jam but I can definitely see how this appeals to people. Favorite tracks: Beth, Do You Love Me
Probably the best Kiss album to listen to if you are not a Kiss fan. Has most of their hits on it. Kiss is one of those bands that a song is either a good rock song or complete crap and this album has more good than crap on it.
Interesting album with a story thread. And some talent which I had never fully appreciated before.
Fun album (at times) but lacks substance. Too much filler too - intro to Detroit Rock City, Rock N Roll Party (what was that and why was it needed?). It's hits are great to rock along to (DRC, Shout it Out Loud) or to sing along to (Beth) but the rest is hit or miss. King of the Night Time World is further evidence these guys can write songs you want to bob your head to (even if the lyrics are pure cheese). But God of Thunder was annoying - way too much layered-in studio effects. Plus Gene Simmons isn't a great singer - so I didn't enjoy Great Expectations or Sweet Pain either (though the instrumentation on the latter was fun). Flaming Youth was okay. Like other albums on this list, a few nice hits do not make for an incredible album. Fun, but average.
I was never into Kiss growing up. The boy went through a brief Kiss when he was younger. Most of that was watching "Kiss Meets Scooby Doo" hundreds of times. He hasn't grown out of that music, but has... moved on. So I think I'm familiar with about 1/3 of these songs. First off, the "live" version of "Detroit Rock City" is better. (I say it in quotes because the live Kiss albums had massive amounts of fixes in the studio). "Great Expectations" is a bit on the cringe-y side. The lyrics are, yikes. Originally I thought it was going to be about the book, so I'm glad they did not try to do that. "Beth" is... look, it's their highest charted single, but it is a bit on the schmaltzy side. But I am not going to take anything away from the success of the song. Ultimately, Kiss has always been a party rock band and they really do bring it home with this album. But I don't know, I always feel like their music is just so... pandering. "We know what you want, and we're going to give it to you!" But does it have any merit? The merchandise doesn't. Who wants to be buried in a Kiss coffin? It's a party album, but I don't think at a party "this place needs some Kiss music!" Not my go to band.
A few good songs
First Kiss album I ever listened to. I do understand why they were so big in their time. The album is good, but for me no song really jumped out. All songs are good and enjoyable, nothing special.
When you look at KISS you expect them to be really heavy but really, it's just some fun, approachable, 70s hard rock. It's nothing spectacular. If it weren't for their image, I can't imagine they would have become as big as they did. But I enjoyed listening.
Ihan jees rokkimenoa
Tää on mun mielestä varmaan KISSin paras albumikokonaisuus, mutta siitäkin huolimatta pätee sama mikä muiden bändin levyjen kohdalla: hitit on hittejä ja loput on floppeja. Pari tiukkaa tikkausta ja muuten löysä. Onhan KISSissä ja ABBAssa ollut vähän muutakin samaa kuin ulkonäkö, eikö? 3/5
Way more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be and whilst I realise there’s an artifice and facade to the band it wasn’t the worst rock album I’ve heard on this project so far.
I had their Live album that everyone went crazy over. Destroyer came out next which featured Beth. The guys had no time for that song but the girls liked it so the boys could play the albums more. Sounds like a brilliant strategy although the Wiki notes say Beth wasn't released as a single until the first three singles didn't get traction. Oh well, better to be lucky than smart.
Definitely a bit repetitive but I liked it more than I expected. It's a vibe for sure but I listened while driving a convertible so maybe that helped. Strong 3 stars.
Detroit Rock City and Shout it Out Loud are absolute classic hard rock anthems. But some of the deeper cuts are soooo bad with some of the most banal lyrics the 70s had to offer; case in point Great Expectations...wow! Truly bad! The outlier here is Beth a very nice ballad with some actual genuine emotion. Overall a solid 3.5 🌟
As this someone who can't stand Gene Simmons, I have never listened to a KISS album. I went in with an open mind and this wasn't terrible. They're actually pretty cheesy and remind me of Meatloaf
I don't know if I was expecting KISS to be on the list, but I like that they are! They're a band that always fascinated me; when I was first getting into classic rock and guitar stuff, I made a point of learning each of the band members' names and "characters," which is kind of cute in hindsight. Alex made a great point in his review that KISS is kind of tame for a hard rock/classic rock band. Sure, they have these personas and the facepaint makes them seem evil or salacious or whatever, but the music is very simple. Of course, they do have some saucier songs out there, but this album feels like a white bread classic rock entry. A couple of hits that I liked, but didn't leave a serious impression. I'll look forward to another album from them with more edge. Favorite tracks: Detroit Rock City, God of Thunder, Do You Love Me. Album art: This is where they shine, they really had the aesthetic nailed down. Love the art style, love their band name font/logo, and the costumes and stuff are legendary. To prove I've still got it, from left to right is Paul Stanley the Starman, Peter Criss the Catman, Ace Frehley (forgot his identity - Space Man?), and Gene Simmons the....Demon maybe? I'm a little rusty. 3/5
Good album from high school days
Good KISS album. Incredible, Bob Ezrin participated in the writing of all songs. The inclusion of some arrangements for New York philarmonic orchestra makes this album even better
KISS is a totally fine rock band. This is there best display in my opinion. They’re always more of a singles band rather then having consistently good albums.
Never my favorite band, but decent songs and a lot of energy. Detroit Rock City is great, everything else is decent.
Destroyer j'irais pas jusque là quand même
Ça manque de glam
I listened to this album and liked the first two songs. Would probably be more fun to listen to on a road trip with my dad. Listening to it without that additional stimuli, I’m wanting to give it a 3. I understand why people like them and this, but it’s doesn’t seem like it would be super sustainable in my listening lists. Totally love Detroit Rock City, and that’s what’s keeping this from being a 2.
Cheesy ok rock
Of course I have heard of KISS before, and I knew Beth and God gave Rock 'N' Roll To You, but this is the first full KISS album I've listened to, and to be honest I am underwhelmed. Music and songs are alright, as far as 70s (glam) rock goes, but I guess I was expecting something a little more special. But this isn't. It's OK, it's solid, but that's about it. For KISS, the packaging obviously was as important (if not more) as the music. 2.5/5
Though destroyer, shout it out loud and beth and recognizable, most of the album comes across as simple rock and dumb lyrics... it seems there was a lower threshold for rock success in the 70's.
I'm the king of the midnight world and you're my headlight queen. I've never listened to this whole album. And I may never again, but there are so many great tunes on it!
It's hard to not to picture the visuals associated with KISS while listening to this. And, honestly, to do so really removes a lot of the appeal for me. Without the associated spectacle, the music just feels a bit "meh"... even though there are several KISS classics on this album.
The middle of the album was especially rough and tacky. I would not voluntarily listen to "Great Expectations" again. The rest of it wasn't too bad. This kind of music isn't necessarily the music you put on when you want to think deeply, and that's okay.
I like the drums :)
De va semi chill
Should you listen to a Kiss album before you die? Yeah, probably. They are one of the most well known bands in the history of rock music after all. I don't know if this is the one though, and it turns out they're really not that good. Everything about them feels corporate and manufactured but it still does occasionally result in a compelling moment or two.
74/100: Good album, but nothing more than that. In fact, it’s only “good” because it has two fantastic songs on it—“Detroit Rock City” and “Beth.” The rest of this album is a lot of gain and loud power chords. No real precision in refinement of sound here. I guess what else do you expect from hard rock?
KISS & makeup.
I always thought of them as a parody band. it's so strange to think of them causing an actual moral panic. The music is fine, middle of the road rock, really nothing to write home about. 2.6
Well not as anthemic as I expected - although it was more so with every listen - but still an overall fun album. Lyrically it’s a desert - a 70s teenage boy’s fantasy that by 21st century standard is comically unrealistic (OR straight on veiled misogyny and tales of sexual harassment…) but hey it was a different dumber time. I mean - Detroit had some clout as a city back then still.
I didn’t realize this album was so short. Detroit Rock City was best song but that’s not great since it was the first song
Liked it more than I thought I would, but still nothing amazing. I wouldn't return to it, but I'll likely continue to sing along to the singles. 3/5
It's good fun It didn't blow my socks off.
I like Kiss just fine, never a big fan. This had a few good ones though.
For me this blends into classic rock, good but not standout
Cheese on toast!
gewoon leuk, maar wel te pop rock achtig 2.5/5
I know they're popular and it's a "good" album, but I'm good with this.
First band on this app that I've seen live! Another perfectly fine album. I think I'm just more of a Kiss appreciator. Singles are pretty great, there rest doesn't do much for me.
So grating, and I can't find the greatness
meh, not really my thing
well kiss my grits
KISS is not for me. Trite.
A bit tired in the beginning, and a little shaky on exit. Good party vibes though
AC/DC played at .75x speed
A mí el Julian Cope me enseñó a apreciar la genialidad estúpida de ciertos tracks de Kiss. Y qué bueno que lo hizo porque este disco está culerísimo. Tiene unas 4 rolas bien. El resto blah. Acá la selección que hizo Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) en forma de playlist. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5KZzC6S3l1QJkeUsWt6MMn?si=2aea48e6145545f5
Com certeza Kiss foi inovador e influenciou muitas bandas na epoca mas as musicas em si nao sao grande coisa.
Sounds pretty dated and cheesy
Kiss is less scary than I thought. Maybe the make-up that is actually not that scary, okay maybe a little.. and the fact that they also play glam rock was not something I knew before I listened to this album. I was not really paying that much attention during this listen, but now I know that the motor city of the US also produced this kind of music.
Jenni got a wellness check/Joseph bought me ribs for dinner. Ryan and Josh had family meeting.
Meh, sorry grunge rock!
It was okay.
Favourite songs- Detroit Rock City (Though it did not need two minutes to actually start), Flaming Youth, Shout it Out Loud It's a little bit overly noisy at points, a thing that's not rare with Kiss, but overall this was a pretty fun album. That's really what Kiss is about- they're not really an amazing band musically, but they just do fun, straight-ahead rock music. But still, I think there was a lot of filler, especially for an album that is quite short. I mean, apart from the three songs I listed, I could really do without the rest of the record. And, Rock N Roll party is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard in my life. Why would they put that on the record?