THOR


"Devastation of Musculation" (Smog Veil; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The indeterminable musical force known as Thor, going strong since the '70s, returns with "Devastation of Musculation," yet another unfurling of the Manowar meets KISS shock rock shtick. 

While this legitimate Canadian crusher's strongman acumen is undisputable, the music found on this 10-track disc isn't exactly as exciting as Thor's feats of strength and endurance; yet songs like "The Return of Odin's Son" should make the sword-wielding, Odin-worshipping crowd fairly happy. 

Basically, Thor's latest release is a cheesy, bang-your-head-as-a-guilty-pleasure kind of disc that is as campy yet as compelling as a Troma film or reality television, as songs like "Queen of The Damned" and the surprisingly tender "Don't Abandon Me" deliciously demonstrate the fun side of heavy metal without a net. 

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"Thor Against the World" (Smog Veil / Thortoen; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Thor Against the World" was bound to be cheesy. If the CD title wasn't enough to convince you, the cartoonish artwork certainly would be. And, if that didn't do it, a quick glance at the song titles (such as "Creature Feature," "Megaton Man" and, of course, the title track) have cheese written all over them.

Still, cheese can be good cheese and "Thor Against the World" is at least better than its predecessor, "Beastwomen from the Center of the Earth." That particular CD was so trashily cheesy that you couldn't help laugh out loud at the silly lyrics and the bombastically cliché 80s heavy metal sound.

"Thor Against the World" takes it all down a notch with hard rock songs that probably wouldn't be out of place on an early KISS album. The title track is almost a throw-away but "Creature Feature" is an entertaining ode to movie monsters while "Easy Woman" is a bluesy rocker with Spinal Tap-ish lyrics. "Serpents Kiss" rocks with an early AC/DC vibe (with vocals like that of Alice Cooper!) and "Glimmer" has the punk Elvis attitude of Billy Idol. "Megaton Man," with its 1960s sci-fi  TV show synths and Devo rhythm, is easily the cheesiest track on the CD but is so much fun, you still give it a pass.

Bottom line: "Thor Against the World" is silly, simple and ... most important of all ... lots of fun. You won't gain any brain cells by giving this disc a spin, but you just might bang your head a little, with a dopey little grin plastered across your face the whole time.

Performing on "Thor Against the World" are Jon Mikl Thor - lead and backing vocals; Frank Meyer - guitars, backing vocals, bass, keys, percussion; Bruce Duff - bass, guitars, backing vocals, keys; Chris Markwoo - drums; Vince Meghrouni - sax, harmonica; Brian Kethew - Synths and keys. 

For more information, check out www.thorcentral.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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