DOA/THOR: Are You Ready: CD

DOA: Although their opener, “Are U Ready” was pretty weak, their other five tracks are pretty strong, which is surprising considering how listless and uninspired their last release was. So far as I can tell, a few of these tunes are reworkings of older tunes, but they are pretty swell nonetheless. Thor: Remember seeing him bend a hunk of steel with his teeth once on a heavy metal video comp my friend Matt owned, which sent all in the room watching rolling on the floor in fits of hysterical laughter. That first impression has managed to stick with me, lo these sixteen years, making reviewing objectively his tracks here next to impossible. When he goes into a tune like “Gladiator Stomp (Arena Anthem Chant),” I feel the giggles percolating deep in my gut and, next thing I know, I’m rolling on the floor once again, gasping for breath and trying not to draw my wife’s attention for fear that she’ll have me locked up or something.

 –jimmy (Sudden Death)