Navigate: main >> reviews
F U L L . R E V I E W S


Thor - An-Thor-Logy - 2005 - Smog Veil Records

Track Listing
1. Opening news clips (1979)
2.“Action” - live on Merv Griffin (1976)
3.“Sleeping Giant” – video (1977)
4.“Keep The Dogs Away” – video (1977)
5.“Catch A Tiger” – video (1977)
6.“Keep The Dogs Away” – live (1979)
7.“Rosie” – live (1979)
8.Thor-u-mentary
9.“Rag-Na-Rock” – live (1981)
10.“Special Flight” – live (1981)
11.“Phantom Of My Nightmare” – live (1981)
12.Uncle Floyd Show (1982)
13.“Gladiator Stomp” – live (1982)
14.Channel 72 TV Appearance
15.“Thunder On The Tundra” – Channel 72
16.“Anger” – Channel 72
17.“Only The Strong”/”When Gods Collide” – live (84/85)
18.Chevy TV Commercial (1985)
19.Kromer TV Commercial (1985)
20.U68 Power Hour Promos (1985)
21.“Knock ‘Em Down” – video (1985)
22.Credits
Thor is and always was one of the most interesting people in Hard Rock music. This DVD is a perfect historical document to the first 20 years of Jon Mikl Thor's career and his efforts to defend the music fan from the forces of evil. It is a battle he has fought well, and you are given the reminder very well in this DVD appropriately titled “An-Thor-Logy”. Starting with footage that dates back to 1976, on the Merv Griffin show of all things, we see Thor first as a Las Vegas styled “strongman entertainer”. He performs the song “Action” by The Sweet, and personally I am not a fan of Sweet covers when I can listen to the real thing. Thor’s voice is also not of the register for such a vocal range. Despite this, even back then he showcases the hot water bottle inflating he is known for. After this piece he is more showcased as a rock music performer and how his act began and grew ever more interesting over time. There are a few more TV appearances to enjoy on this DVD as well and the old school fans will remember them I am sure.

This DVD is really a lot of fun because it not only shows you a great historical document on one of the most dedicated forces in Hard Rock, but it really is the only place you will ever get to see a lot of this footage ever again. It seems to include all of Thor’s promotional videos and contains a lot of live footage with a couple of different line-ups playing along with him. The videos might seem a bit corny by today’s standards but for what Thor and his music were about they truly fit in well. They are actually mini-movies showing Thor fighting demons and defeating his enemy or just simply performance pieces were it is meant to look like this is a live show. On the concert footage the diehard will be beside themselves for it is a great way to see what Thor was like in the glory days of his performances. Everything from blowing up the hot water bottle until it bursts, bending the steel bar in his mouth, & shattering the concrete blocks on his chest are there for the non believer to see firsthand.

There are also some cool interview pieces for you to enjoy. Sadly not enough people got to experience the fun that is a Thor show, but this DVD gives the diehards a fine memento and the curious a great place to start. Thor is lucky to have so much footage to choose from that the people at Smog Veil were able to place it into a worthwhile DVD. This is recommended purely because it was a lot of fun to watch and let the rest of the world be left behind just a little bit. Enjoy and keep those hammers raised high for the Mighty Thor…………

Rating: 7/10


-- Ken Pierce 09.05.05

Album cover link: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0009N31E0.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
Band link: www.thorcentral.com
Label link: www.smogveilrecords.com
Genre: Hard Rock

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: THOR
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
An-Thor-LogyThor
2005
Ken Pierce9/15/2005


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: THOR
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Beyond the Pain BarrierThor
2017
Eric Compton8/11/2017


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: THOR
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE HARD ROCK STYLED RELEASES:


<< back >>






ERIC COMPTON PICKS
Electric Sister
The Lost Art Of Rock And Roll
Destrophy
Cry Havoc
Saxon
Call To Arms
Steel Seal
Redemption Denied
The Showdown
Blood In The Gears

GREG WATSON PICKS
Iced Earth
Dystopia
Votum
Metafiction
Soilwork
The Panic Broadcast
Winds of Leng
Horrid Dominion
Nullingroots
Into the Grey

FRANK HILL PICKS
Volbeat
Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil
Lemmy
Lemmy DVD
Five Finger Death Punch
The Way of the Fist
Unleash the Archers
Apex
Gentlemens Pistols
S/T

DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
Wolf
Legions Of Bastards
Ulcerate
The Destroyers Of All
Leprous
Malina
Doom Side Of The Moon
Doom Side Of The Moon
Fen
Winter