Remastered re-release of the fourth full-length studio album by legendary American Horror/Glam/Hard Rock band.
After attaining modest commercial success with their first three studio albums, KISS achieved a commercial breakthrough with the 1975 concert album "Alive!". It was the first album by the band to be certified Gold. The success of "Alive!", which spent 110 weeks on the charts, benefited not only the struggling band but also their cash-strapped label Casablanca Records. KISS signed a new contract with Casablanca in late 1975, partly because the label had been very supportive from the start of the band's career. The contract was for two albums, an indication that Casablanca was unsure if the group could duplicate the accomplishments of "Alive!".
“Destroyer” is the first KISS album to prominently feature outside musicians, such as members of the New York Philharmonic. One musician not credited was Dick Wagner, from Alice Cooper's band, replacing Ace Frehley on the track "Sweet Pain". Wagner also played the acoustic guitar found on the song "Beth".
“Destroyer” 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. It was the first KISS album to achieve Platinum status. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band's first three albums. The success of "Alive!" and "Destroyer" enabled the band to embark on their first tour of Europe.
KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all the time, having sold more than 75 000 000 records worldwide, including 25 000 000 RIAA-certified albums.
KISS also holds the title as America's #1 Gold record award-winning band of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Band has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.
On April 10, 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS was ranked by MTV as the ninth "Greatest Metal Band of All Time", and placed tenth on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, as well as being ranked as the third "Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time" by Loudwire.
In 1989, Kerrang! Magazine listed “Destroyer” at No. 36 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". In 2003, it was ranked No. 489 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, it was placed at No. 60 on Guitar World Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time. The album was also featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
“Destroyer” was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version. Track 10 is not mentioned in the release tracklist.
KISS Catalog, Ltd./Mercury Records, a PolyGram Company, 1976/1997/2014 (378 644-4). Made in EU. Pressed in Austria.
1. Detroit Rock City 5:17
2. King Of The Night Time World 3:19
3. God Of Thunder 4:13
4. Great Expectations 4:24
5. Flaming Youth 2:59
6. Sweet Pain 3:20
7. Shout It Out Loud 2:49
8. Beth 2:45
9. Do You Love Me? 4:57
10. Rock And Roll Party 1:25
Total playing time: 35:29 min.