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Doro just released her fifteenth album (including the Warlock years).
Which is quite a milestone for any artist, but keeping quality and a fanclub consistent isn’t immediately included at that count. Luckily this German metal head knows how to make a solid metal album and this particular album is not an exception.
Her vocals are amazing, lots of artists have that powerful raspy voice but not many have kept that throat over the years. Doro however still has an amazing sound, both at nice fast songs like "Raise your fist up in the air" and "Rock Till’ Death", but also in softer songs like the ballad between her and Lemmy Kilmister. There Really isn’t anything to complain about the vocals, except that maybe the vocals could be a bit more diverse and varied. All in all; very awesome.
The instrumentals are perfect for Doro, the riffs and drums roll together very well and contain a great driving feeling. I’d imagine it to be great while driving or pillaging. The solos and pretty damn fast and heavy. I believe that Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne etc.) also made a quick appearance in this album to play a solo. There is nothing except for the solos to be very outstanding to me, the combination of the drums, bass and guitars is what still makes it pleasing. Individually nothing seems to be extremely fascinating. I still find it to be better than mediocre so they’re safely in the clear on that one.
The old school vibe is probably what keeps this show all together, if I wouldn't have known Doro and someone would have handed this album over to me and made me guess from what year this was. I would say anything but 2012. In my opinion that is a very positive thing.
Considering that a lot of older bands try to renew themselves so greatly, that it all sounds like crap. Doro surely sticks out and keeps using her old but trustworthy recipe for a good album. Diversity might not be spread enough over the album but is still better than changing your style and artificially changing it to be different and original.
The lyrics on this album are not very touching or amazing but luckily when it comes to this tradional brand of heavy metal that doesn't imply that is becomes a bad album.
All in all, I have to say that there are some good songs on this record but that I expected a tad more of them. Every song on the album is good but none of them even come close to being exceptional and that is an unfortunate shame.
Mainstream radio or Doro’s Raise Your Fist? I’m more inclined to choose the former. You could literally flip through one of those generic rock stations and perhaps run into a better gem than this new release. Amateurish and lacking in passion. I would expect better from former member of Warlock. As the song, “Touch of Evil” had me in an impressed state at awe of her eagle flesh ripping singing and the complimentary guitar work. I was expect something original, something you could wield with a stronghold grip and crush it.
Pesch’s vocals weren’t too terrible but I couldn’t feel the kindred spirit. As a lyricist, I was really surprised at how basic they were. Her vocals were dimmed because of lack of creativity in lyrics, it was so elementary that all I kept hearing were the words in the title of each song. What made it worse was the mainstream technique of fading the song out in several tracks and kept repeating itself until it was softly more and more inaudible and shifted into the next track. There was no closure just repetitive mundane songs clustered together lacking a proper end. “It Still Hurts” is probably the only song I enjoyed. I liked the contrast between Pesch’s and Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister’s voices in this song. Kilmister sounded like a man who lost someone important and dear to him and you could tell it in his voice. The teamwork of these two was sympathetic to say the least. What surprised me was the unsuspecting native tongue of Doro Pesch’s singing in “Engel.” This followed into their song, “Freiheit (Human Rights)” as well. Listening to spoken words in German gave a different perspective. The emotion was easier to convey as if Doro was a slightly different singer. “Hero”, the last song on the album is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio, an unfortunate victim of cancer who lost his life around 2 years ago. Not to sound cruel but the lyrics were terrible as they were on every song in this album. Kept repeating the word, hero, abusively and also used a cheap trick to utilize “Rainbow in the Dark” as a lyric. Not the first time I’ve seen someone do this, may I recommend All Shall Perish’s Songs of the Damned. It’s nicely done and includes a little more than 10 different artists’ song references, try and see if you can identify them all, ranging from Iron Maiden to Carcass to Deicide, etc.
No I don’t think this is an end for Doro but I see this as a filler album. I’d keep my cash in my pocket before hastily going out to buy this one.