Destroyer review by KISS

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  • Released: Mar 15, 1976
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (31 votes)
KISS: Destroyer

Sound — 8
This album was their greatest studio album ever. They really ventured from their simple yet hardcore rock n roll. When asked about their more modern rock appraoch frontman Paul Stanley replied saying "We are growing as people, and so are the fans." The overall sound on this album is much better than their previous studio releases (Dressed To Kill had the worst audio I've ever heard). The added effects in God of Thunder and Detroit Rock City are good, but the children wailing in God Of Thunder weren't nessacery in my opinion, but the car engine sounds were perfect in Detroit Rock City. Peter Criss really had some solid drum licks and fills, and Gene Simmons bass in God Of Thunder was really heavy!

Lyrics — 6
Let's face it, Kiss wasn't in rock n roll for the music. They were in it for the girls, money, and fame. The lyrics in Detroit Rock City and Do You Love Me are the album's best. Beth also has some great lyrics, and I think it is one of their best lyrically. Paul Stanley really worked hard on writing Ace's guitar parts and it's great the way they mesh in with Paul's voice. Gene's creativity wasn't represented as much as it was in their previous music, but he still wrote some killer lyrics with Paul. Overall they did a fine job with their music, but not so much with their lyrics.

Overall Impression — 8
Destroyer is Kiss' best album of the '70s. Too bad Ace Frehley wasn't very interested in playing on the album! Bob Kulick (brother to later Kiss member Bruce) played the solo in Detroit Rock City and the entire Sweet Pain song. Sweet Pain is the worst song on the album, and what's with the crowd cheering thing at the end of Do You Love Me? That didn't need to be there. Beth, Shout It Out Loud, and Detroit Rock City are the best songs on this album. Kiss writes great rauchy rock and matches it up with party all the time lyrics. Good job boys, but stay away from the concept album.

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