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Destroyer (Resurrected)

Destroyer (Resurrected)

by Kiss Kiss
Destroyer (Resurrected)

Destroyer (Resurrected)

by Kiss Kiss


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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 re-create 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 singalong anthems "Flaming Youth," "Shout It Out Loud," "King of the Night Time World," and "Detroit Rock City" (the latter a tale of a doomed concertgoer, 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 Kiss were transforming from hard rockers to superheroes. [In 2012, Universal issued a Resurrected edition featuring a new mix by original producer Bob Ezrin. The in-album version of "Beth" is extended, featuring a verse not heard on the original release, while a version of "Sweet Pain" with an alternate guitar solo is added as a bonus track.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602527912042
catalogNumber: 001639802
Rank: 38450


  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?
  10. Sweet Pain
  11. [Untitled]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist
Peter Criss   Group Member
Ace Frehley   Group Member
Gene Simmons   Group Member
Paul Stanley   Group Member

Technical Credits

Peter Criss   Composer
Ace Frehley   Composer
Gene Simmons   Composer
Paul Stanley   Composer
Kim Fowley   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Remixing
Jay Messina   Engineer
Garth Richardson   Engineer
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Ken Kelly   Cover Painting
Mark Anthony   Composer
Stan Penridge   Composer
Justin Cortelyou   Remixing
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Sujata Murthy   Publicity

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