The 35th anniversary deluxe edition of the classic KISS album ‘Destroyer’ is set to be released in Europe on Feb. 27 and in North American on Feb. 28. The two-disc set will contain remixes of the LP by producer Bob Ezrin as well as outtakes from the recording sessions, and it will also feature the ‘Destroyer’ LP’s original cover art. At the time ‘Destroyer’ was released, he cover was deemed “too violent.”
The album was Kiss’s fourth studio record, and their second consecutive disc to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. It later went on to become the band’s first platinum studio record. Destroyer was released on March 15, 1976 and peaked at #4 in Sweden, #6 in Austria and Canada and #11 in the US. The album is certified double-platinum (two million units) in the US.
Ken Kelly’s original version of the album cover for ‘Destroyer’ was rejected by the record company because they felt the scene was too violent looking with the rubble and flames. Also, the original version had the members of KISS wearing the Alive costumes.