Let the blood
run red, let them all be dead, all those
who oppose, the Metal Avenger.
"That's about some
people who made me angry. I felt like
smashing them." Speaker and lyricist
is Thor, singer with the band named after
him. It's a heavy band. Thor, the man,
has a physique that melts wimps at 50
paces. His stage stunts include blowing
up hot water bottles until they explode,
bending steel with his teeth and
occasionally lifting members of the
audience with a harness attached to his
Before becoming Thor he
was Jon Mikl, a weedy 11-year-old from
Vancouver who played Beatles songs with
his nephews. Failing to make the school
sports team was a crushing blow so his
brother lured him into weight training.
"I just wanted to be noticed."
And he was. By 13 the muscles were
erupting, by 14 he was entering physique
contests and by 15 he was winning them.
Meanwhile the Fab Four
were getting into flower power. "it
got cool to be healthy, to be a hippie!
People called me 'meathead' and 'big
lunk'." In vengeance the Rock
Warrior concept was evolved. Thor cast
himself as a superhero fronting a super
heavy (naturally) band, fuelling the
fantasy by performing stunts and winning
the Mr. Canada contest.
Years of touring in the
USA and Canada followed until Thor
relocated to New York around 1980.
"I have fantasies when I go on the
subway about someone attacking me with an
axe. One guy did. I pummelled him into
the ground." While most heavy rock
is oafish and dull, the comic book
grossness of Thor can be a wicked brand
of fun. Even if their music is only just
beginning to match the visual spectacle.
"Unchained" LP was low-budget
and, would you believe, thin sounding.
The above quoted new single, "Let
The Blood Run Red" is solid and ...
muscular. As well as lyrically
bloodthirsty. It's not encouraging
violence, it's encouraging
aggressiveness. To be a success you must
have that. It's the American Way."
Thor grins. Biceps bulge.