Destroyer by Kiss (Casablanca, 1976)

Destroyer was the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss. This album marked a departure from the raw sound of their three previous albums. It was their third successive album to crack the Top 40 in the U.S. and was their first charting album in Germany and New Zealand.

Bob Ezrin, who had worked with Alice Cooper, was introduced to the band to produce Destroyer. He brought into the mix sound effects, strings, screaming children, reversed drums and choirs. As a result, this was the first Kiss album to feature outside musicians. In support of this album, Kiss went on their first European tour.

The album’s cover art was painted by Ken Kelly. The album’s singles: Shout it Out Loud (peaked at #31 in the U.S., but it’s best showing was in Canada where it hit #1), Flaming Youth (hit #74 in the U.S.), Detroit Rock City, Beth (hit #7 in the U.S.) and God of Thunder (hit #30 in the U.S. and #6 in Sweden).