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She is her audience's biggest fan. - 80%

hells_unicorn, July 15th, 2007

Ballads are a tricky thing to judge in the metal genre, mostly because they tend to leave out the vital aspects of the style and rely on older rock and pop influences. However, in many cases they provide something extra to an album that would otherwise be a one-dimensional head-banging session with nothing but a sore neck to show for it afterwards. At every 80s concert there has to be that moment where everyone gets a chance to recover from the mayhem and catch their breath, and perhaps raise their lighters in the air in a show of solidarity with the artist whose concert they’ve spent their hard earned cash on in order to be at.

“Fur Immer” has been performed in several languages over the years, but in my own personal opinion it’s always best when Doro sings it in German. There is just an aura of greatness in the way the words leave her lips, even though the language itself tends to sound coarse when compared to other tongues. The atmosphere is that of a sad yet triumphant anthem, pretty much underscoring the feeling of the title of the album it is taken from. The piano line and the melody are quite simple, the military snare drum beat is a rather curious touch, and the chorus is among the most infectiously catchy of Doro’s back catalog; it just begs for an audience to sing along. The accompanying “Metal Tango” sounds a bit more metal than it does tango but rocks out well and helps to provide a good up beat foil to the solemn title track of this single.

I’ve seen Doro perform this song live on a couple of occasions, one of which was fairly recent, and it continues to be a staple of her commitment to her fans everywhere she goes. It is a gift for any artist to be blessed with a legion of devoted fans, but it is twice so when the artist is their audience’s biggest fan and that is what Doro has consistently been since the first album hit the stores. If you have a soft spot in your heart for the better sort of 80s power ballad, this is yet another good reason to pick up the “Triumph and Agony” release, arguably the greatest album in Doro’s history as a performer.