nope. didn't need to listen to that before I die
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.
nope. didn't need to listen to that before I die
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.
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.
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 last time I listened to this album I was in 4th grade and absolutely terrified of Gene Simmons. This isn't the most cerebral of bands ... and in retrospect i can't decide if it's hilarious or maximum creepy that this gross band straight-up marketed themselves to little kids - which obviously completely worked (on me as well). ...but leading off with "Detroit Rock City" is a pretty great opening track. Classic riff - basic rock that's just fun - I'll sign up for that. Yet after that it's ... plodding and dumb. SO. DUMB. Some of it is ok but ho-lee-hell a big shout out to "Great Expectations" which absolutely has to be one of the worst songs ever recorded. Ever. Words can't do it justice, and the orchestra ... honestly. I have to remember this as an entry when the question is asked. Nostalgia does make it occasionally enjoyable, notably (only?) on the singles (e.g. "Beth" - it's terrible but ... is it though? It makes me want to pack my lunch box.) but as a full album if I'm in the mood for 70s meat and potatoes rock I'm reaching for something else. 4/10 2 stars.
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
Easy to make fun of, and with good reason. Opener "Detroit Rock City" is clearly the template for Spinal Tap's (much better) "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight". Rest of it sounds like typical Alice Cooper musical theater. Indeed, I'm starting to spot the easy cliches in the Ezrin production style - hopefully Berlin isn't ruined for me.
Throwaway glam metal from four shit musicians, none of which could sing. KISS just might be the worst band in the world.
The Soundtrack of my youth, this is Kiss' best album
-1 the first minute and a half was just motorcycle sounds
Who thought this is a quintessential album that everyone needs to hear? It's really mediocre when they're not on stage. Their stage presence is legendary, but their music is milquetoast. I do hear where others gathered some influence, QOTSA's songs for the dead and Weezer's entire catalog.
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
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
The first thing I ever heard about KISS was that the name stood for Knights In Service of Satan. So I figured they were, basically, Slayer. This is when I was like 8 or 9 so give me a break. But I figured they were super hard. It took me a while to get the joke and the joke is pretty dumb so KISS might've been one of my favorite bands if I'd latched on to them in those early years. Still, a few interesting songs.
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
My great expectations were shot down in a flaming ball of dog shit. What a terrible collection of sounds. Who mixed this? Listened to the entire thing in the hope it would redeem itself at some point without result. Verging on one star which is a rarity for me but 2 stars for their assumed impact on the forthcoming glam metal scene - the makeup was pretty good. Has absolutely nothing on The Dictators debut the year before.
The title to the track Sweet Pain should have been the name for this album. The singles were okay, but the rest was a slog to get through. And it's a short album. It'd be one thing if these songs were bad but fun, but they aren't even as fun as they're supposed to be.
Honestly, fuck this album. They make you wait through like 2 minutes of bullshit before you get to hear Detroit Rock City, and after that fine song is done, it's just waiting for the album to wind through its length. I hate it when KISS tries to rock, I hate it when KISS tries to be sensitive. Honestly, though, the production on this album is terrible. Everything sounds sludgy. At first I thought it might be a poor quality upload on YouTube, but no, it just sounds like that. Like mixing a KISS album was some dying child's last wish, and the band just let them do it, but then the kid got better so they couldn't go back and remaster it. I'm not sure why someone thought I should listen to this album before I die. Maybe they have a strong hatred of me and think that subjecting me to this album will hasten my death by sapping my will to live. Jokes on them, because I'm determined to outlive every member of KISS so that I can dance on each and every one of their graves. 2/5 (Detroit Rock City is pulling a lot of weight on this album, and I guess Beth is fine too)
These days KISS are a shambling parody of who they used to be, and Paul Stanley sounds like Elaine Stritch, but that's okay because they always sucked. I own this album. Down the years I've tried and tried but have failed to see it other than a clumsy, overwrought clunker. KISS have no bounce, soul or groove. Their lyrics are childish. The musicianship barely touches competency. However, they did look like kabuki aliens, so yay I guess. There are two good songs on Destroyer - 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Shout It Out Loud'. The rest range from okay to dreadful. Gene Simmons sounds like he's burping up a hot dog on 'God of Thunder'. 'Beth' is wetter than an otter's pocket and makes the Carpenters sound like Napalm Death. 'Flaming Youth' is what happens when Paul Lynde sings a Sweet b-side. Peter Criss can't play the drums. At least it's over quite quickly. Small mercies 'n' all that.
Embarrassing listening to this album now, very dated and the songs really do suck. Apart from Detroit Rock City, which still isn't a great song, the rest of the album is pandering, boring and they sound like a parody of a "metal" rock band. The album cover is the highlight and I prefer the clown-face band in their comic book personas in the Marvel Comics Super Special from 1977 that used the band members blood. Too bad they didn't put their blood and soul into any of their music.
This gets two stars because there are some decent riffs. The lyrics are horrible and the music is unbelievably stale and derivative even with a change in producer. Kiss is not a band who is known for their music, they are known for the spectacle. This has its place, but to listen to the music itself in isolation loses the core identity of the band. The fact that this was an explicitly commercial pursuit is more of a reason to discount the musicianship of the band.
Sometimes, things suck in an endearing way. This sucks in an endearing way. Favorite track: Detroit Rock City
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.
Rock n’ Roll is supposed to be raw, authentic and energetic. Kiss is none of those things. They are very possibly the most overrated band of all time. I cannot stand them. Destroyer very inoffensive music. 2 stars would be fair but I can’t separate this bland, boring, gimmick rock from the literal clowns playing it. 3.9/10
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.
So good. A classic all around. Shout it out loud and Detroit rock city stand out but it's all enjoyable
This album is very good
This was one of the coolest album covers of my pre-adolescent years. I used to look at it with wonder and fear. Tremble before the Knights In Satan’s Service spitting blood as they wield their dark powers! Of course, KISS’ television debut was on the Paul Lynde Halloween Special featuring Donny & Marie (also in satanic garb), Florence Henderson and Tim Conway. Really cool growing up in a time where such nexuses could form. When this cover popped up today I felt the excitement of my youth all over again! This is the KISS album where every single song feels like it was released as a single. I’m a little shocked to read that only four of the songs actually were because ALL of the songs on here have carved grooves into my brain. KISS is one of many instances where a strong dose of musical theater drew me out and expanded my musical horizons. Destroyer is a foundation for my appreciation of the heavier side of rock laid in my pre-teen years that still looms large in my imagination today. I can’t muster anything but love for this album.
And with this I believe we've stumbled upon the album on this list that I've known and loved the longest. My brother bought this one on 8-track when I was 8 years old and we listened to it a LOT. These songs are catchy as hell. KISS found the formula for a rock anthem with Rock and Roll All Nite and they copy it a few times on Destroyer with tunes like Shout It Out Loud and Flaming Youth. But every song makes me want to rock out and sing along, even Beth. Is this a great album? I couldn't possibly say. It's too much in my bones. Is it a great time? Hell, yes!
This was not the Kiss album that I had in my youth. I really didn't know this album, just some of the tracks. Listening now, I am wondering if we were ever supposed to take them seriously. Certainly not the outrageously hard rock that I thought they were when I was 10 yers old. But, kind of fun(ny)!
KISS ARE MY FAVOURITE BAND EVER!!! I ONCE PAID $40,000 TO HAVE GENE SIMMONS TONGUE FUCK MY WIFE WHILST I HID IN A WARDROBE MASTURBATING. IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE ONE WITH THE CAT MAKEUP INSTEAD. SHE DIDN'T SEEM TO MIND, BUT I WASTED SO MUCH JIZZ ON THAT DUDE.
Shout it Shout it Shout it out loud. You Gotta Have a Party. And I agree, this is of course a 5-star rock album. Probably the best Kiss album, but I like most of their 70s output.
Good bombastic arena rock
Kiss isn't the most technical or sophisticated band, but they're entertaining AF! This is definitely one of their best products.
Solid album full of classic rock staples.
As I listened to the album, my tongue gradually grew longer, my face became painted, and flames began to shoot out around me in random directions. 5/5 - would listen again!
Kiss isn't the most technical or sophisticated band, but they're entertaining AF! This is definitely one of their best products.
Destroyer is the first studio album by Kiss to be a massive sucess, the follow up to their commercial breakthrough Alive!, this re3ccord was supposed to prouve their are abable to produce a great album, and they did. The album was produce by Bob Erzin wich is one of the best rock producer of all times, we could see his great work especially in Beth and Great Expectations. I have to talk about the artowork, Kiss' album covers and thir general iconography, in lot du to their fantastic makeup and flamboyant style, but Kiss albums cover are some of the better looking in rock, and this one is by a mille the most beautifull and iconic. Kiss will always be a live act before a great stuido band, but i thinki they achieve great with this album, the things on wich we are suposed to juge a Kiss Album are: The energy, the riff and the power. They also manage to prouce they can do other type of rock, such as a ballad, with Beth, wich is one of their greatest sucess and their highest charting song in the US, sing by Drummer Peter Criss, Beth is on of the most beaytiful and good rock ballad of all time. Detroit rock city and Shout it out loud are the other sucess, most traditional Kiss like song, very agressive riff an strange intro in detroit rock city, but for both are very good i think, very solid arena rock songs. King of the Knight time world is a very good song, Stanley's vocals are the most good in the album i think and one of the best song in the album. In general i would said that the song sing by paul Stanley in this album are better than those by Gene Simmons, but he still have some good songs too, Like God of Thunder wich is one of the heavyer song in the album. Great expectation is the best song by Gene in the album for me. With the gospel singing, its cleraly one of their best in this reccord Flaming Youth, Sweet Pain and Do you love me? are allright, kiss was never know for their orignal choice of topics and those are decent songs, not very particular or original, but still good. In conclusion Destoyer is ceritified at 2 millions sales in the us, and still toay on of their most acclaim and suc esfull reccord, i think is their best in a lot of terms and it mark the debut of their massive assension toward the top of the moutain of Rock N Roll, paving the way for other glam metal, heavy metal and rock n roll artists for decades. Lot of people said they are overated, i agree, but before i accualy listen to thei albums, like Destoyer, Rock n roll Over, and their first 3 albums and i uderstand what make them so good, so no they are not overated they are on of the biggets rock band in the world.
Rock at its best
Classic kiss. Every song is a jam.
Kiss had some pretty good records in the 70s but Destroyer is their best work from that decade. They toned down their horniness (slightly) and focused on just writing good songs. This is the first album where they sound at home in the studio and Bob Ezrin's production is top notch. Side One is four bangers in a row and for what it's worth, Great Expectations is in my top three Kiss tracks of all time. Beth is straight-up cringe, but as I've gotten older, I kind of weirdly love it (and Peter Criss's terrible singing).
Excellent KISS album. I've been listening to it since I was 12 years old. I have a vinyl version released in Argentina
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!