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    Destroyer

    Ranked 496/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The pressure was on Kiss for their fifth release, and the band knew it. Their breakthrough, Alive!, was going to be hard to top, so instead of trying to recreate a concert setting in the studio, they went the opposite route. Destroyer is one of Kiss' most experimental studio albums, but also one of their strongest and most interesting. Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin was on hand, and he strongly encouraged the band to experiment -- there's extensive use of sound effects (the album's untitled closing track), the appearance of a boy's choir (Great Expectations), and an orchestra-laden, heartfelt ballad (Beth). But there's plenty of Kiss' heavy thunder rock to go around, such as the demonic God of Thunder and the sing-along anthems Flaming Youth, Shout It Out Loud, King of the Night Time World, and Detroit Rock City (the latter a tale of a doomed concert-goer, complete with violent car-crash sound effects). But it was the aforementioned Peter Criss ballad, Beth, that made Destroyer such a success; the song was a surprise Top Ten hit (it was originally released as a B-side to Detroit Rock City). Also included is a song that Nirvana would later cover (Do You Love Me?), as well as an ode to the pleasures of S&M, Sweet Pain. Destroyer also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.


    - Greg Prato (All Music Guide)

    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
    8. Beth
    9. Do You Love Me?
    10. Rock And Roll Party
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    Destroyer: Resurrected

    Ranked 496/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    This album has received recognition many years later.

    In 1989, Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #36 among the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.

    In 2006, it was placed at #60 on Guitar World magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.

    The album was also featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


    This is KISS's 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album Destroyer: Resurrected, newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording intact. Destroyer: Resurrected will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.


    Hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit album Alive!, KISS released their fourth studio album Destroyer which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of KISS's '70s catalog. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album and among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, a children's choir, reversed drumming and the eerie, echoing sounds of screaming children over Gene Simmons' vocals on "God of Thunder." Upon its release, Destroyer reached the No. 11 position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise top-10 hit "Beth," was their first album to go platinum.


    Originally released as the B-side to the single "Detroit Rock City," "Beth,"-the heart-yearning ballad co-written and performed by drummer Peter Criss-was quickly picked up by radio nationwide and became the first top 10 for KISS, climbing all the way to the No. 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While going through the original tapes, a forgotten vocal piece that was originally edited out in the final mix of "Beth" was discovered and now, for the first time, the complete original vocal recording has been restored and is included in the final mix. Other rediscovered gems include a complete, alternate guitar solo for the track "Sweet Pain," now heard for the first time since it was originally recorded. The newly remixed "Sweet Pain" with the original guitar solo will be included as a bonus track. In addition to the treasures found buried in the hours of recordings, KISS classics such as "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "Do You Love Me?" and "God of Thunder" were painstakingly remixed by Ezrin as he fleshed out the drums and guitars, bringing out the bottom end to the bass, making his mixes tight and tough.


    In addition, Destroyer: Resurrected will now be issued with the originally intended cover art thought too controversial for the time. Created by artist Ken Kelly, the "brown" cover depicts KISS dressed in their ALIVE! costumes and standing on rubble in front of a burning city in ruins. At the time, the record company thought it was too violent and settled for the tamer "blue" version known today. This release also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

    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
    8. Beth
    9. Do You Love Me?


    Bonus Track:
    Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)

    Kiss
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    Kiss

    Kiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and Sabbath/Zep heavy metal, and wisely recorded primal and raw by producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner (of Gladys Knight fame). Main songwriters Stanley and Simmons each had a knack for coming up with killer melodies and riffs, as evidenced by Nothin' to Lose and Deuce (by Simmons), Firehouse and Black Diamond (by Stanley), as well as Strutter and 100,000 Years (collaborations by the two). Also included is the Ace Frehley alcohol anthem Cold Gin, Let Me Know (a song that Stanley played for Simmons upon their very first meeting, then titled Sunday Driver), and one of Kiss' few instrumentals: the groovy Love Theme from Kiss (penned by the entire band). The only weak track is a tacky cover of the 1959 Bobby Rydell hit Kissin' Time, which was added to subsequent pressings of the album to tie in with a Kissing Contest promotion the band was involved in at the time. Along with 1976's Destroyer, Kiss' self-titled debut is their finest studio album, and has only improved over the years.


    - Greg Prato (All Music Guide)

    1. Strutter
    2. Nothin' To Lose
    3. Firehouse
    4. Cold Gin
    5. Let Me Know
    6. Kissin' Time
    7. Deuce
    8. Love Theme From Kiss
    9. 100,000 Years
    10. Black Diamond
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    Devastator

    Catfish Haven's Devastator is in the spirit of Kiss' Destroyer, ZZ Top's Eliminator and Lou Reed's Transformer. The bands blues-infused ballads and boozy trots possess equal amounts of backwoods authenticity and cosmopolitan flair. They may harvest most of their mojo from south of the Mason Dixon, but they bleed metropolitan with undeniable garage-grime charm and power-pop arrangements. Catfish Haven's unclassifiable, yet broad appeal, is evidenced here by DevastatorÆs in the pocket title track, the organic glitterball jam ôSet In Stoneö and the bittersweet barn burner ôFull Speed.ö
    1. Are You Ready
    2. Devastator
    3. Set In Stone
    4. Invitation To Love
    5. Tripping In Memphis
    6. Play The Fool
    7. Halftime Show
    8. Full Speed
    9. No Escape
    10. Blue Sun
    11. Valerie
    12. Buying My Time
    13. Every Day
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    Hail Death

    Blowing minds and eardrums since forming in 2007, BLACK ANVIL's third full-length album, aptly titled Hail Death, is their most epic and fully realized album to date. It's one of those rare releases that not only stays true to the band's roots but manages to transcend them in a way that works all of their seemingly disparate influences into an amalgam of heavy music that's as original as it is earth-shaking. The sonic fury was captured at Magpie Cage by J. Robbins of Jawbox, who, although best known for recording punk and post-hardcore acts, perfectly understood the band's creative vision. He's got a really good style of making records and I knew he would understand that we wanted to make this sound live and organic as opposed to tight and compressed, relays bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney, citing Kiss' Destroyer and Metallica's Master Of Puppets as inspiration. I wanted it to be a little more rock 'n' roll sounding because I felt the songs were a little bigger and structured. It tells a story from beginning to end and the recording reflects that. As such, the behemoth offering includes a bonus track: A BLACK ANVILed cover of Under The Rose from Kiss' iconic ninth studio recording, The Elder.


    Hail Death wasn't an easy album to make and the band members' personal turmoil is reflected in every frenzied moment of the album. I went through a lot of stuff over the past year and it caused me to move and spend a year of my life in solitude, Delaney says, explaining that for twelve months he would sit in his room and pour all of his energy and inner chaos into these songs. This is our journey. I can honestly say that this is probably the most important thing I've ever done in my life, even if it never sees the light of day for some reason I'm insanely proud of it.

    1. Still Reborn
    2. Redemption Through Blood
    3. Eventide
    4. Seven Stars Unseen
    5. G.N.O.N.
    6. Until The End
    7. My Hate Is Pure
    8. N
    9. Next Level Black
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    Rock And Roll Over


    180g Audiophile Vinyl Reissue


    Remastered To High Definition 192kHz/24-bit Audio For Maximum Fidelity


    Celebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
    vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
    been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.


    With the massive success of their previous album, the experimental Bob Ezrin-produced Destroyer (which contained the surprise ballad hit Beth), Kiss could have taken the safe route and continued in that direction -- or return to the raw hard rock of their first four albums. They chose the latter. Hooking back up with Eddie Kramer, the producer of their 1975 breakthrough release Alive! and their very first demo, Kiss rented out the Nanuet Star Theater in upstate New York to record their next album, Rock and Roll Over. With a more direct, in-your-face production, Rock and Roll Over is one of Kiss' most consistent records. Two of the album's best tracks became hit singles -- the sleazy hard rocker Calling Dr. Love and an acoustic ballad that was originally intended for Rod Stewart, Hard Luck Woman (later covered by country star Garth Brooks). But like all other classic rock albums, the lesser-known material is often just as strong -- I Want You and Makin' Love became concert staples over the years, while Mr. Speed is one of the most underrated songs in Kiss' catalogue. Also included are the fan favorites Take Me, Ladies Room, Love 'Em and Leave 'Em, and the original version of See You in Your Dreams, which was later re-recorded for Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album.


    - Greg Prato (All Music Guide)

    1. I Want You
    2. Take Me
    3. Calling Dr. Love
    4. Ladies Room
    5. Baby Driver
    6. Love 'Em And Leave 'Em
    7. Mr. Speed
    8. See You In Your Dreams
    9. Hard Luck Woman
    10. Makin' Love
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    Alive II


    180g Audiophile Vinyl Reissue


    Remastered To High Definition 192kHz/24-bit Audio For Maximum Fidelity


    Celebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
    vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
    been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.


    For Kiss' breakthrough 1975 release Alive!, the band had a total of three studio albums from which to select their in-concert repertoire. By mid-1977, Kiss had released another three studio recordings (Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, and Love Gun), and with a new Kiss album needed for the holiday season, a second live album, Alive II, was assembled. Three sides were recorded live in concert at the Los Angeles Forum (with a few tracks recorded in Japan), while the fourth side featured five new studio recordings. Like its predecessor, there's been quite a lot of speculation concerning extensive overdubbing (the proof being that you can often hear several Paul Stanley voices singing backup simultaneously!), but Alive II shows that Kiss was still an exciting live band despite all the hype. Adrenaline-charged versions of Detroit Rock City, Love Gun, Calling Dr. Love, Shock Me, God of Thunder, I Want You, and Shout It Out Loud are all highlights. On the fourth side, Ace Frehley only plays on a single song (his self-penned classic Rocket Ride) for reasons unknown, while session guitarist Bob Kulick filled in for the AWOL Frehley. Among the studio tracks is the made-for-the-stage anthem Larger Than Life, which the band surprisingly never performed live.


    - Greg Prato (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Detroit Rock City
    2. King Of The Night Time World
    3. Ladies Room
    4. Makin' Love
    5. Love Gun
    6. Calling Dr. Love
    7. Christine Sixteen
    8. Shock Me
    9. Hard Luck Woman
    10. Tomorrow And Tonight

    LP 2
    1. I Stole Your Love
    2. Beth
    3. God Of Thunder
    4. I Want You
    5. Shout It Out Loud
    6. All American Man
    7. Rockin' In The U.S.A.
    8. Larger Than Life
    9. Rocket Ride
    10. Any Way You Want It
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    Ultima II Massage

    TOBACCO can't have nice things.


    On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach
    to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude's
    own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to
    some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. "I spent a lot of time
    breaking it in all the right places," says TOBACCO. "It ends up making the whole
    thing breathe - sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive." Immediately after
    nishing 2010's Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun
    with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now - a
    surprising commission to remix White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65," a new BMSR
    record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen's Exorcise Tape with vocalist
    Zackey Force Funk - but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most
    misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share "Lipstick
    Destroyer" a "junkyard takedown of Daft Punk's beloved, pristine electro."
    TOBACCO explains his modied approach: "I wanted to push each song just
    enough, so that even when the album's at its wildest, it's something you can zone
    out to. It feels like a denitive end to a concept I've been trying to perfect forever.
    Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of di!erent things and have
    them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself."


    Which, oddly enough, makes sense. This is easily TOBACCO's most diverse set to
    date - his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life:
    massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of
    dead B-actors. Fittingly, the album's only contributor is Beck music director Brian
    LeBarton who shrieks as Notrabel on the grimy freak-out "Streaker." At 17 tracks,
    Ultima is stacked with beautifully perverse hits - from the sickly sticky "Eruption,"
    to the wobbly demon swaggerer "Face Breakout," to the distorted punk spazz of
    "Dipsmack," to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of "Spitlord." You may hear
    disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan,
    or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of '80s horror icks. Or the sun
    exploding and everything you've ever loved melting. Again, TOBACCO was just
    trying to make meditation music.


    But to nd that rotted sweet spot, as always, he had to subvert his pop urges.
    TOBACCO went back to the cassette decks he started o! with - analog weapons
    of distortion to compliment his hissing vocoder and blown rhythms. Any moment
    that felt "just right" was brutally assaulted until ugly again. All to accomplish one
    end: "This might be my most purposely difcult album yet, but I promise if you let
    it in, it can fuck you up."


    Ultima II Massage. No happy ending.

    1. Streaker (ft. Notrabel)
    2. Good Complexion
    3. Video Warning Attempts
    4. Eruption
    5. Lipstick Destroyer
    6. Self Tanner
    7. Face Breakout
    8. Blow Your Heart
    9. Beast Sting
    10. Dipsmack
    11. Creaming for Beginners
    12. Omen Classic
    13. Pool City, McKnight Road
    14. Spitlord
    15. Father Sister Berzerker
    16. The Touch from Within
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