“Thor” is the 8th album by this mighty
German power metal band and a fair album it is too. Now, with an album named
“Thor” you pretty much know what to expect here, a tale about Nordic gods of
course based around the mighty god of thunder. Wizard put a lot of their fans
off with “Goochan” their last release, saying they had gone soft. Well let me
just say that “Thor” takes off from where “Odin” left. Fast heavy riffs, soaring
vocals and thunderous drums, old fans with not be disappointed. Sven’s screams
on “Asgard” are spine chilling. His vocals on the entire album are outstanding
and he has taking his vocals up to the next level. The prodigal son has returned
to Valhalla in the way of original guitarist Michael MaaB and the results are
outstanding to say the least.
Musically “Thor” is non stop traditional power speed
metal. Not really any ballads as such but “Serpents Venom” does slow things down
a bit after the first 3 (“Utgard”, “Midgards Guardian” & “Asgard”) earth
shattering tracks. “What Would You Do” has a very similar Manowar “Power” feel
to it, especially in the vocals. The rest of “Thor” gallops along quite nicely
with some very nice traditional metal songs. A very solid album any true metal
fan should own.
“Thor” is the album Manowar should or won’t make,
personally I don’t think Manowar could play this fast or heavy. Move over there
is a new “KING OF METAL” raise your fist high and hail Wizard!!!!!!!!!!