356. Kiss - Destroyer (1976)
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
9. Do You Love Me
Wow, this has been an amazing run of albums. Now we are graced with Kiss, and it ain't over yet. Oh well. Need to take the good times with the bad, and this is probably one of the worst runs in the whole list.
So Kiss, it's part of the American take on Glam rock, like Alice Cooper for example, but extraordinarily bad. This doesn't stop them from being mildly amusing and it is for this only reason that I don't absolutely hate this album.
The music is uninteresting, the lyrics are terrible and pretentious. The music itself is slightly pretentious with its sound effects used to no great purpose throughout the album, this makes the album funny but ultimately not memorable. So it is a good album for a laugh but not much more... oh well.
1. King Of The Night Time World
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. God Of Thunder
4. Detroit Rock City
The cover art for Destroyer was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly. Prior to the album's release Kelly's work was brought to the attention of Gene Simmons, who met with Kelly to discuss ideas for Destroyer. Kelly agreed but asked to see Kiss perform live first to gain inspiration. He was invited to a show and given a backstage pass. He later said of the performance, "it blew me away." Kelly was later commissioned by the band to draw the cover for 1977's Love Gun.
The front cover shows the group striding on top of a pile of rubble, and a desolate background spotted with destroyed buildings, some of which are engulfed in flames. The back cover shows a similar scene, but with more buildings on fire. The front of the record sleeve features a large Kiss logo and the lyrics to "Detroit Rock City." The other side displays the lyric "Shout it out loud" in capital letters, as well as an advertisement for the Kiss Army fan club.
Detroit Rock City: