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  BREAKING NEWS KISS TO RELEASE 'DESTROYER: RESURRECTED' THIS MONTH WITH HIDDEN GEMS
1st August 2012



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Kiss are set to release 'Destroyer: Resurrected' through Universal on August 20th 2012 as well as a 1lp vinyl edition on 27th of the same month.

Kiss are regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time and hold the honour as one of America's top gold-record champions. On August 20th 2012, Universal Music will release Kiss' 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.

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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 70s catalogue. 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.

To this day, 'Destroyer' remains one of the group's most ambitious recordings and greatest accomplishments. In both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazine it is listed as one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and in 2003, it was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Now, with today's state-of-the-art technology, this landmark release can be heard the way that Kiss intended.

The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the Kiss Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.

CD TRACK LISTING
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 are set to release 'Destroyer: Resurrected' on August 20th 2012 through Universal and new album 'Monster' in October 2012

Click here for MetalTalk.net's review of 'Monster'


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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