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With a far more pol­ished sound and some great songs, De­stroyer is cer­tainly amongst their best work and it was the mo­ment that Kiss ex­ploded into the main­stream. There are fewer more wor­thy open­ers, ei­ther in the live or stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment, than the sem­i­nal Detroit Rock City and its twin gui­tar lines are iconic. God Of Thun­der’s men­ace is ham­mered home by ghostly gig­gles and a creepy vo­cal from Gene Sim­mons, while Shout It Out Loud has a suc­cinct solo and hooks to die for. At the other end of the scale is Beth, a some­what trite bal­lad croaked by drum­mer Peter Criss to his tour-widow wife and, although a gui­tar-free zone, it re­mains, per­haps pre­dictably, the band’s most suc­cess­ful sin­gle to date. Stand­out track: Shout It Out Loud

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