Sunday, January 24, 2016

CD/Blu-Ray Review: "I Am Thor" Gives Truthful Insight To A Troubled Career

2015 was the year of THOR as the heavy metal artist re-entered the spotlight with a brand new studio album, "Metal Avenger," a newly remastered version of his 1983 break-through album "Unchained" and the release of a brand new documentary titled "I Am Thor." The film was released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on January 19th along with an accompanying soundtrack which was released on January 22nd through Deadline Music in association with Cleopatra Records.

Singer, actor and former weight lifter Jon Mickl Thor finally has his story told in the newly released documentary "I Am Thor." Jon has the biggest heart and the most dedication of any musician, but a string of bad luck and misadventures has derailed him from being a hard rock star. Growing up in Canada, Jon first had aspiration of being a body builder which won him the titles of "Mr Canada" and "Mr USA," the first to ever hold those two titles, but his love for music was burning inside him. After the band, Thor became huge in Europe in the late seventies and early eighties, and it seemed that everything was working for him, but crazy circumstances has halted his dream numerous times. From being kidnapped, drugged, detained, and having a nervous breakdown, Jon Mickl Thor never stopped working toward being a professional musician. He even acted in a few B-movies before again almost getting his big break, playing Thor in "Adventures In Babysitting," before being dropped for another less qualified actor. This documentary will have you viewing Thor in a different light as he continues upon his comeback which started over 15 years ago. It amazing how after 40 years Thor is still making his dream happen as he continues to influence this next generation of fans. To find out more about "I Am Thor" on Blu-ray and DVD, please visit

The soundtrack to the film gathers sixteen classic metal anthems that lead singer Jon Mikl Thor performed throughout his 43 year career. Beginning with early versions of the band, Thor was still searching for that hard rock sound with the very dated pop/rock feel of "We Are Body Rock/Start The Show" and "Hey Tonight." Thor's signature metal sound begins to show with the band's 1977 debut single "Keep The Dogs Away" and 1982 EP "Lightning Strikes Again." The speed and energy that Thor were looking to capture is shown in the song "Anger" as they deliver with a Motorhead-like fury. Speaking of Motorhead, former guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke lends a hand to last year's "Metal Avenger," before finishing with Thor's attempt at punk, backed by The Ass Boys and the short, quick one-minute waltz of "Crunch, Crunch, Yum, Yum." To find out more about "I Am Thor" movie and soundtrack, please visit

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