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Below is our complete Thor news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Is this horrendously awful or completely amazing? Thor's video for "Metal Avenger," taken off the album of the same name coming out this Friday via Cleopatra Records, can be seen below. Pre-orders are available at this location.
After a year that saw a deluxe reissue of his career-launching 1983 album "Unchained," as well as seeing his life’s story retold in the documentary film "I Am Thor" (which has been picking up awards at such prestigious film festivals as Slamdance and Fantasia Fest) Jon Mikl Thor is capping off one of the biggest years of his career with the release of Thor's new album "Metal Avenger."
Joining the metal savior on this epic recording is a slew of luminaries from both the rock and punk worlds including powerhouse vocalist Henry Rollins, Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome, Twister Sister axeman Jay Jay French, Christian Death guitarist Rikk Agnew, D.O.A.’s own Joey Shithead plus Ritchy Stotts of Plasmatics, Betsy Bitch and many others.
The album will be available on both CD as well as a limited edition “blood red” vinyl pressing courtesy of Deadline Music.
“This is my most ambitious and best album in the history of my career,” Thor states boldly. Reteaming with producers Bruce Duff (Twisted Roots) and Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs), the group began writing new material and “came up with the concept of the 'Metal Avenger' whereby each song represents Thor’s quest to overcome the overlords of the planet Psykon and free the slaves on the master ship. There is adventure, intrigue and love in the lyrics and story. But most of all there is strength in the music. These songs are HEAVY yet melodic.” More...
The Armstrong Metal Fest will be taking place on July 20th and 21st, with full details available over at the festival's official website. The organizers of the event have now issued the following statement:
"On July 20th-21st, the beautiful Okanagan will play host to the largest metal festival in Western Canada. Over the past few years. metal fans from even the farthest depths of North America have dragged themselves out of their dingy bars, wiped the stale beer from their mouths and joined together in a two day long journey filled with beer, boobs and heavy metal. In the past, Armstrong Metalfest has welcomed bands such as Three Inches of Blood into our small community, and this year will be joined by bands such as Thor, Into Eternity, Nylithia and Ninjaspy. Our list of notable bands will only increase as the years go on.
"In only a few years, Armstrong Metalfest has grown from a locally known one day event, to two days of unforgettable music and events. Beginning as Armstrong Open Air, AMF was founded in the parents' driveway of a dedicate metalhead. The first year featured locally known bands, who performed on a hastily built stage in front of a barn. Over a hundred people battled the rain and moshed on the gravel driveway, creating a soup of blood, rain and dirt that surely must have seeped into the towns water supply. The first event was such a success that there was an immediate cry for more. Soon word spread over British Columbia and filtered into the surrounding provinces and the United States.
"By the third year Armstrong Metalfest had evolved into a two day festival and moved onto festival grounds at the Hassen Arena, in the heart of Armstrong. Our new location was met with a public outcry, as local churches rallied against us. Accused of encouraging crime, Satanism and rape, churches held town meetings demanding that we be expelled from the city. Our website and promotional videos were attacked, as church goers expressed worries that their children would be beaten up, raped and sodomized if they were to attend. More...
Pulling Teeth is flying over to Iceland to play a couple shows in November, and have a couple special shows planned for Baltimore in January; one with Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band, and then the next night a stacked show with Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather and more.
Dom comments: "Anyone who knows me, knows of my bizarre obsession with 80’s Canadian metal god THOR. The god of thunder. He who bends pure steel on stage, blows up hot water bottles, wields the blade…and well you get the idea. Well hold on to your seats because the legend himself Jon Mikl Thor will be heading to Baltimore to celebrate my 33rd birthday and rock you senseless. He’s recruited Pulling Teeth as his backing band and we’ll be playing a set of all my favorite Thor classics. This is a once in lifetime event, one for the books and something you DON’T want to miss."
"And don't miss Pulling Teeth playing The Fest this weekend in Gainsville either!!!"
Here are the latest Pulling Teeth tour dates:
10/30: Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 09
11/12: Hafnarfjorour, Iceland @ Garnia Bokasafnia
11/13: Reyjavik, Iceland @ Sodoma
01/08: Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band
01/09: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather, Gehenna, Seraphim
It is now official that teunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH is already confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Keep It True XIII Festival. A total of 20 bands will appear in 2 days of pure Metal mayhem happening on April 23-24, 2010 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.
The confirmed bands so far are scheduled as follows:
CRYSTAL VIPER (POL)
HEART OF CYGNUS (USA)
SATANS HOST (USA)
SAVAGE GRACE (USA)
TYGERS OF PAN TANG (UK)
+ 1 Headliner
You can visit the Keep It True Festival official website for more information and details.
Rock warrior THOR has scheduled the following dates:
March 05 - Vancouver, BC - The Railway
March 08 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Thor's new album, Into The Noise, hit streets on January 9th via Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records.
THOR's new album, "Into the Noise" was released on January 9 via Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records.
"'Into the Noise' is basically a concept album where the band goes on a journey to the center of the mind, of noise," said THOR. "They come across all these alternate characters and creatures like The Sound King. It's a quest. Like in the song 'Back For More', it's about coming back to rise up again and do battle again. Sometimes you have to retreat when you get overwhelmed or defeated, but then you regain your strength and go back in. So we're heading back 'Into the Noise.'"
Rock warrior THOR will perform at Safari Sam's in Hollywood, California on December 9 to celebrate the release of his upcoming album, "Into the Noise". Also scheduled to appear are ARNOCORPS, ROSEMARY'S BILLYGOAT and MURDERLAND.
Joining Thor on stage at the Hollywood gig will be Frank Meyer (THE STREETWALKIN' CHEETAHS, ANGUS KHAN), Bruce Duff (ANGUS KHAN, ADZ), Mike Knutson (THE STREETWALKIN' CHEETAHS), and Danny Boy (THE LADYKILLERS). Frank Meyer and Bruce Duff were instrumental in the success of THOR's "Thor against the World" recording on Smog Veil Records. Frank and Bruce co-produced and played on the album.
THOR's new album, "Into the Noise" — already available digitally — will be officially be released on January 9 by Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records. More...
Rock warrior THOR will perform at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island (1585 Johnson Street) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 1 as part of the Night Of The Champions.
For a preview of what's in store, check out THOR's new ad produced by Jared Richter of Zero Gravity Studios here.
THOR's new album, "Into the Noise" — already available digitally — will be officially be released on January 9 by Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records.
"'Into the Noise' is basically a concept album where the band goes on a journey to the center of the mind, of noise," said THOR. "They come across all these alternate characters and creatures like The Sound King. It's a quest. Like in the song 'Back For More', it's about coming back to rise up again and do battle again. Sometimes you have to retreat when you get overwhelmed or defeated, but then you regain your strength and go back in. So we're heading back 'Into the Noise'." More...
THOR is ready to shake the very halls of Valhalla itself from the stage of Vnuks in Milwaukee, WI, on Oct. 5. Joining Thor will be CARBELLION and another band TBA. Then, Thor thunders into The Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL, on Oct. 6. Joining Thor will be I LOVE THE RICH.
"Into The Noise is basically a concept album where the band goes on a journey to the center of the mind, of noise,” said Thor. “They come across all these alternate characters and creatures like The Sound King. It’s a quest. Like in the song ‘Back For More’, it’s about coming back to rise up again and do battle again. Sometimes you have to retreat when you get overwhelmed or defeated, but then you regain your strength and go back in. So we’re heading back Into the Noise.”
The new songs are already getting very positive responses as the band has been playing cuts from the album onstage.
This album will be a digital and CD release through SDR Records. Joe Keithley, famous leader of the band DOA, is the president of the label and is very excited about the new recording saying, “It’s Thor’s best yet!”
In Chicago, 3 veterans from the Chicago rock scene are joining Thor for the midwest leg of his tour: Dave Stepanich (guitar), Phil Vickman (bass), and Brian Grady (drums). As a special bonus, legendary Chicago axeman Steve Gerlach (MOST DANGEROUS RACE, TOMMY KEENE, MYSTERY DRIVER, PHANTOM HELMSMEN, THE BAD EXAMPLES, CANE CORSO, TUFFY UK) will join the band for the October 6th show at Beat Kitchen..
Thor also will continue to promote the albums Devastation Of Musculation, Thor Against The World and the DVD retrospective An-thor-logy released by Smog Veil Records. Thor has long been a champion of environmental causes, before the industry as a whole jumped on the bandwagon with events such as the Live Earth series of concerts. Thor is very proud to be associated with Smog Veil – the label is currently converting to an all-Green, environmentally friendly office for its HQ.
Track listing for Into The Noise includes: 'Warrior's Reprise', 'Into The Noise', 'Evil Twin', 'No Guts, No Glory', 'Escape Or Die', 'Fight For You', 'Sound King', 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', 'Forever & After', 'Back For More'.
“The song 'Forever & After', is from a movie that’s been in the works for a long time,” Thor shared. “I wrote the song back in 2002. It’s an acoustic number – you hear THOR sing acoustically which I don’t usually do. It’s for a movie coming out called ‘Forever & After’. It’s a sci-fi movie.”
Canadian muscleman Thor will release his seventh studio album, "Thor Against the World," July 12. Recorded in Los Angeles in April and May 2004, the album includes "Megaton Man," "Creature Feature" and "Serpent's Kiss." Before testing his mettle with heavy metal, Thor was a professional bodybuilder and was elected both Mr. Canada and Mr. U.S.A.