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Thor: Devastation of Musculation

Canadian muscle man, actor and sometime heavy metal vocalist Thor has been churning out music since the 70's, and for the past 20 years his music has been living in a veritable time warp like every year is 1985. His latest indie release Devastation of Musculation is no exception. Now this is not a bad thing, but if you are searching for something fresh and new sounding you might want to pass on this one. The riffs are vintage 80's and while Thor doesn't exactly possess Ronnie Dio style pipes, he manages to sing hard and with conviction, even if lyrically some of it does seems a bit cheesy. Devastation of Musculation is what it is, a good time retro ride not meant to be taken too seriously as is the case with pretty much all of Thor's back catalogue. Surprisingly it all works and as much as I really wanted to slam this one, I found it to be a bit of a guilty pleasure and we all need one of those every once and awhile don't we?

Track Listing
1) Lords Of Steel
2) Devastation Of Musculation
3) Lies Of Eternity
4) Cold White Ghost
5) Queen Of The Damned
6) Union Of Power
7) The Return Of Odin's Son
8) Release The Beast
9) Abandon
10) Tale Of The Wolf / Warriors Of The Universe

Added: August 28th 2006
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Smog Veil Records
Hits: 2396
Language: english

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Thor: Devastation of Musculation
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-08-28 13:01:42
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All Hail the return of the Mighty Thor! Yes, Canada's muscle man of Metal has recorded a follow-up to his very well received "Thor Against The World" and it boils down to a Devastation Of Musculation. Thor said of the new album that "people are under pressure to achieve the impossible everyday and trying to make sense of these desperate measures is what this album is all about". In that he continues his tales of bravery and strength in the face of adversity and above all believing in one's own power to face any obstacle. It's a positive way of thinking in terms of Hard Rock and Metal music where so much of the bands today focus on the darker aspect of things. Those who have heard Thor in the past, know very well of his constant efforts to hold high the powers of the Rock Warrior. When you listen to Thor, you cannot expect to find the expanding Power Metal elite but instead a return to a simpler musical time and subject matter is what comes into play. Thor is to be admired and complimented for this zeal, for while not possessing the range of lets say Rob Halford, he does sing with energy and enthusiasm that has made him a popular musical personality for the 30 years he has been in the business. Musically this is a very fun album as well, and with songs like "Lies Of Eternity", "Cold White Ghost" and "Union Of Power" he shows that there is a solid level of musical strength to work with his lyrics and subject matter. Thor also delivers a ballad on the album in "Abandon", which is this recordings version of "Turn To Blue" (one of the best songs off "Thor Against The World"). If you can take this CD as what it is supposed to do and that is entertain I think it's a winner and in a world that so sorely needs heroes today, isn't it nice to know that Thor walks among us? Raise the hammers high.

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Thor: Devastation of Musculation
Posted by Angel Decker on 2006-09-11 10:01:07
My Score:

Thanks, Ken and Ryan, for your reviews of Devastation of Musculation!
Something magic is happening to Thor and his new Lords of Steel. They are on
a 100 city tour and they are stomping through these places, causing complete fan mayhem!!!! The music has evolved to absolutely phenomenal. This new super group Thor has put together is unbelievable!
Jon Mikl Thor - lead vox
Mike Kischnick - guitar
Jeff "Burgundy" Decker - guitar
Steve Jacobs - bass
Dave Goldberg - drums

If you can catch them live somewhere I highly suggest that you do so, you will love it!
Plans for THORfest are in the works for July 2007.
Angel Decker
assistant mgr. THOR

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