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Metal Avenger
December 2015
Released: 2015, Deadline
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

It is kind of hard to keep track of how many THOR albums there are but I think this is abut 20th studio album. An impressive feat as the mighty Thor is now in his 5th decade as a Metal warrior.

METAL AVENGER is the highest profile Thor album in many years. After several small scale, indie type albums, the might one has aligned with the good people at Cleopatra/Deadline who have done a good job presenting this package. A classic Thor album cover (and title) and a colour 8-page booklet featuring a number of casual shots of Thor and guests in the studio.

The album runs for a generous hour with 15 tracks and it is classic thumping Thor. The 70’s/ 80’s vibe is intact as he leads various friends and guest through a great batch of new songs, some fast, some slow, some anthemic. This time the mighty one has brought some friends such Metal luminaries as Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister and Fast Eddie Clark formerly of Motorhead. There are also some punk type people as guest on the album showing Thor's cross-genre appeal. The fun, simple but engaging songs are a great cross-section of his styles and his voice is as strong as ever. My favourite track comes late in the album, a speedster called ‘Wings Of Destiny’ before closing the album with a moving and epic ballad called ‘Laws of The Universe’ with a bit of a lyrical tribute to his past.

Lightning is striking (multiple times!) for Thor right now; he has a well-received movie, public appearances at conventions, showcase gigs at festivals around the world and one of his strongest studio albums in a while. I know the old war dog has lots of bite left in him but if this was to be the final Thor studio album he could go to Valhalla with his head, heart, hammer and fists held high.
Track Listing

1. Out of Control
2. Metal Avenger
3. Kings of Thunder and Lightning
4. Master of Revenge
5. Destruct
6. The Hammer
7. Taste of Victory
8. Heavy Load
9. Legions of the Psykon World
10. Drive
11. Stars upon Stars
12. T.H.O.R.
13. Atomic Man
14. Wings of Destiny
15. Laws of the Universe


Frank Meyer-Guitar
Bruce Duff-Bass
Mike Knutson-Drums



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