DESTROYER 45th ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION
Words like "seminal" or "iconic" are often lobbed around haphazard, diluting the value of the superlatives as trite throwaways. But with KISS the rules don't apply, and perhaps have never applied. After all, rules were made to be broken. Pressing "play" on the new KISS "45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" of "Destroyer" may not take you back to 1976, with the KISS Army circa 2021 spanning multiple generations. However, you're nearly assured being transported to a warm and happy place, if you're willing to set aside expectations and preconceptions, and weigh this package for what it is: A victory for fans, particularly those of a diehard persuasion, simply through its very existence. "More" is the never-ending demand of those who are never satisfied – that's not a judgment being passed, just a simple observation. When the proverbial "vault" doors officially first creaked open in 1989, it provided little more than a tease. Fans waited until 2001 for a meaningful mass of material to feed their insatiable appetites for the band's music. Since then, there have been various efforts with an expanded treatment of "Love Gun," the KISSology series, and several compilations with bits and pieces included. But while other bands have jumped in to expanded releases, KISS fans have watched jealously and waited impatiently. Now, Universal and KISS are digging deep, and hopefully rebooting the KISS legacy catalogue with a suitably fitting starting point. "Destroyer," as the band's signature studio album, is the perfect candidate.