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Live In Detroit
November 2013
Released: 1985, Raw Power
Rating: 3.5/5
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)

LIVE IN DETROIT stood as Thor’s only live album for over 25 years until the recent low-key release of THORS TEETH in 2010. However, LIVE IN DETROIT is the definitive Live Thor album from the muscled one, recorded at the height of his power at arguably his biggest and most well-known tour. Originally released in 1985 on Raw Power it has since been reissued in 2009 on Ektro Records and we are looking at the reissue for this review.

The packaging is really well done. The booklet is a thick paper, full-colour nad hi-gloss, bring the vivid cover to life. The cover is a tip of the hat to the Detroit auto industry with an image of a giant snake morphing into a car. There are tons of photos and live shots and the ink/printing procedure gives the notes a bit of a 3-D effect. Very well done. This edition also comes with three rare and/or unreleased live tracks that are rare treasures for the true fan. The sound quality ranges but is good for the most part. Even though the album is called LIVE IN DETROIT there are songs from all across the tour. The crowd noise is mixed at a good level, loud enough to give a good live feel.

The original 10 track albums rages through his hits from his first couple of albums including a mega-extended version of ‘Rock The City’. LIVE IN DETROIT is a great snapshot in a point in time reminding us how popular THOR really was and this live album is a testament his enduring live show that has been the backbone of his career for many years.
Track Listing

1. Thunder on the Tundra
2. Let the Blood Run Red
3. Knock 'em Down
4. Rock the City
5. Lightning Strikes
6. Anger
7. Keep the Dogs Away
8. Hot Flames
9. Now Comes the Storm
10. When Gods Collide

Bonus Tracks

11. Start Raising Hell
12. Ride From Hell
13. We Keep Rocking On


Thor Vocals
Pantera Vocals
Steve Price Guitar
Keith Zazzi Bass
Mike Favata Drums

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