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Thor
Into The Noise
November 2013
Released: 2008, SDM Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

“Thor, The Mighty! Thor, The Brave! Crush the infidels in your way.” (Manowar, 1984)



Before Iron Maiden. Before Metallica. Before Slayer. Even before Manowar… there was THOR! In 1973, a young musician records his first demo/single in Vancouver, Canada what was to become the germination of ‘Body Rock’, and the eventual evolution into one of Metal mightiest warriors and most prolific and enduring acts...THE MIGHTY THOR! In celebration of his 40th anniversary and in tribute to Canada’s longest running Metal band, I am very proud to present short reviews of 13 releases from across his career. Feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this feature including…



-Keep The Dogs Away (1977)

-Unchained (1983)

-Only The Strong (1985)

-Live In Detroit (1985)

-Anthorology (1997)

-Thunderstruck (1998)

-Dogz II (2001)

-Mutant (2003)

-Beastwomen From The Center of The Earth (2004)

-Thor Against The World (2005)

-Rock And Roll Nightmare (2006)

-Into The Noise (2008)

-Thunderstryke (2012)



One of the stronger Thor albums of the new millennium, the success of INTO THE NOISE maybe attributed to the return of Steve Price, from the early days. The combo of Thor, Mike Kischnick and Price is a winning combination and the album is likely his heaviest in many years.



The album comes in two versions with two covers. My copy is pretty budget with just a one page booklet, but it does include lyrics and liner notes. The album starts off with a mostly instrumental piece with some good axe-work and a bit of deep spoken word stuff from Thor. Thecshort album runs only 39 minutes but in this cae it is heavy quality over quantity. The first ‘real’ track (following the longer intro) is ‘Evil Twin’ with a thunderous pace and Thor sounding downright mean. The album is oddly sequenced with a long, but fantastic guitar solo called’ Beserker’, into the pummeling title track with the chants of ‘Hey! ‘Hey!, Hey! Being a majestic call to arms. This cut could have fit on any Hammerfall album quite easily. The Metal keeps coming ranging from anthemic skull-pounders to a very melodic instrumental called, ‘No Guts, No Glory’. The album closes with a surprisingly tender, unaccompanied acoustic guitar solo called ‘TLB’.



INTO THE NOISE is likely in my top four Thor albums. It’s heavy, well-performed meat and potatoes Metal but with a bit of flair with some sound-effects and audio tricks to keep it interesting.
Track Listing

1. Thor's Revenge
2. Evil Twin
3. Berserker
4. Into the Noise
5. Sound King
6. Escape or Die
7. Warrior's Reprise
8. Fight for You
9. If Tomorrow Never Comes
10. No Guts, No Glory
11. Back for More
12. TLB

Lineup

Thor Vocals
Steve Price Guitars
Mike Kischnick Guitars
Mike O. Bass


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