CD Reviews

Kiss - 'Destroyer Resurrected' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 25, 2012    
0.0 (0)
4207   0   1   0   0   0



You're not really getting a whole lot extra with this reissue of ‘Destroyer’.

Kiss never miss a trick when it comes to milking the Kiss cash cow and you’re not really getting a whole lot extra for your hard earned wonga with this reissue of ‘Destroyer’.

So what do you get? Well that depends on your perspective, as an average fan will find very little to the untrained ear, but for us more obsessive Kiss fans maybe quite a lot. I took the time, of course, to compare this with the 1997 re-master and the results are rather impressive. ‘Detroit Rock City’ benefits immensely and Gene Simmons’ fluid bass line has never sounded so fat. The vocals have a distinctive live feel and Ace Frehley’s guitar work has a wonderful bright reverb that breathes new life in to it. The special effects on ‘God Of Thunder’ have a more eerie quality and the drums sound like thunder in the mid section; it’s also clear the effects of the car crash at the end of ‘Detroit Rock City’ have also been greatly enhanced. This was always viewed as an ambitious album by Kiss standards, though is often wrongly, I feel, said to be their best: but that’s a whole different debate in itself…

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

‘Great Expectations’ still sounds as odd as ‘Beth’ among the more classic moments, and if ever there were ever two songs that should have been kept for the solo albums it is these two. That said both Gene’s and Peter Criss’s vocals are so crystal clear it is as if they are in your room singing to you! ‘Flaming Youth’ benefits from some extra backing vocals to beef it up and Ace Frehley’s solo never sounded so space age; that said, I always felt the chorus was weak and along with ‘Sweet Pain’ a bit of a throwaway track.

Without doubt ‘Shout It Out Loud’ (a song heavily influenced by Slade) sounds both clear and solid. ‘Do You Love Me’ a song only Paul Stanley could have written, captures every breath and yelp from the star child and the end piano refrain is more audible then ever before. But anyone hoping for a wealth of unreleased outtakes or live tracks will be solely disappointed as all that is included is an alternative take of ‘Sweet Pain’. What is interesting is this actually features an Ace Frehley solo, and it also dispels the myth that Ace never showed up to play his parts and that’s why Dick Wagner had to play it…

The cover depicts the original art idea and costumes that were rejected, and producer Bob Ezrin offers us a lengthy essay on the making of this album and his thoughts some 35 years later. In my opinion a vinyl issue of this release will truly benefit the artwork while a few more bonus songs on the CD would have enhanced the value.

Ray Paul

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  July 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 5 hours, 7 minutes ago
  • rockcompany : hi, ordered a bunch of magazines yesterday but still have not received a download. Also the order is not showing in my account?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site