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What would promise to be an aggressive and blistering hard rock/metal extravaganza of 50 minutes turns into an uninspired and tedious wreck. Opening in typically "to the point" fashion, carried by its centrepiece main riff, "Fight" quickly gets itself bogged down in a direction with limited sight and becomes repetitive. Doro herself is on form but her intense vocal delivery is lost inside the boring music surrounding it. The disc continues on through punky traditional metal side tracking through some modern rock shortcuts. The same problem drags the album further down towards the middle with one central riff is unable to go the distance in giving the songs the ingredients they need. Meet up with "Descent"'s duet with Type O's Peter Steele and the experimenting with doomy downtuning seems to only succeed in making my eyelids droop.
Most of the rest have the same mediocre "I wanna rock" riffs laid down as the foundations of more forgettable songs but leave out much trace of the old Warlock edge that complemented Doro's voice so effectively, though "Chained" gets very close to this, one of the better tracks. 80s pop rock influences play a part in the shaping of some songs, but while these are some of the better ideas at times, they don't last long. A few ballads crop up here and there, the first of which "Undying" shows the alternate side of Doro's vocals but decides to keep the boring riffs in place and waste the rest on some lifeless acoustic strumming which is also used to open "Legends Never Die". This song mixes in a bombastic stadium rock feel trying to work up a crowd pleaser but unable to escape the hole the rest of the album has dug into, with "Rock Before We Bleed" making a further move in this direction (along with cheesy fake crowd noise). Second ballad, "Fight By Your Side" is almost pop with synths and strings leading, and actually sounds great while the last track ("Hoffnung (Hope)") combines the ideas on the synths with emotionally charged riffs. There’s not much else on here I think particularly stands out or works well for a whole song, with the exceptions of "Sister Darkness" which includes some fresher sounding riffs and "Wild Heart" with an effective use of piano sections.
This album could have been terrible but benefits from a few acceptable songs and another two that actually sound pretty good, which are strangely both ballads! Though if given the choice this should not be bought in the place of any old Warlock and should be left well alone.
Doro Pesch has an amazing trademark voice, but Fight is simply not a metal album. It sounds more like a hard rock album with punk influences. It definately has punk choruses to many of the songs to where the title of the song is repeated several times and a bunch of "yeahs" are thrown any to fill up space.
The title track has a nu-metal feel to it, especially with the distorted and muted riff that is played throughout the entire song. Doro's voice doesn't really sound very special here, and she actually begins to sound more like a man with a dry throat. Believe it or not, this is one of the better songs on the album.
Always Live to Win certainly captures the spirit of punk music, with only using 3 chords and simplistic lyrics. Once again, Doro doesn't seem to sounds much like her normal self here.
Descent, with guest vocals from Peter Steele, is by far the best song on the album, because it is one of the few that is actually metal. This duet is pretty much a doom song, very slow with dark lyrics and trading off vocal duties in between verses. Doro begins to regain her voice on this track. I would probably consider her to be the female equivalent to Dio on most of her songs.
Legends Never Die is similar to Descent, only without Peter Steele, it is still rather doomy, but seems to adapt a ballad format, where there is pretty much no distortion or dissonance in the song and attempts to play on the emotions. This song has the best, most clean vocal work on this album in
The rest of the album begins to taper off without bringing anything new to the table. I would definately recommend checking out Doro or Warlock albums, but I would be sure to stay away from this one unless you are looking for a big disappointment.