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Doro: Warrior Soul

Doro is back four years after 2002's Fight. She's released several compilation albums and did a massive tour where she also played some of her classics with Warlock in the interim (including a show at Wacken). There was talk about Warrior Soul being a return to her earlier, heavier roots, but truth be told, this album is just another addition to her trademark solo career.

With a solid lineup and various guests, Warrior Soul is mostly a midtempo record, so don't go expecting a very heavy, guitar-laden effort. That said, there is plenty of guitar work that should please Doro's earlier fans, but the production dictates a more vocal-driven album through most of its course. Actually, this is perhaps the first Doro album where her vocals are mixed so up front. Everything in the music is of secondary importance to her vocals, even though there are some serious rockers in the form of "You're My Family" and "Strangers Yesterday", both still marked effectively by today's modern soundscapes. The songs both begin with atmospheric keyboards and then feature Doro's vocals almost in a capella style. Then Joe Taylor lays down some groovy hard rock guitars, utilising some nice blues licks and opting for lengthy shred guitars. Unfortunately his guitar work is obscured by the loud vocal mix (which I assume was a conscious effort on Doro and the producer's parts). There are 80's-styled big, sing-along choruses with the one in "Thunderspell" being truly awesome. With the arrival of the title track, the album loses most of its pace (not that anything was utterly fast to begin with) and puts Doro's ballady material under the spotlight, still employing some bluesy axework. "Heaven I See" is the expected power ballad from Doro, starting slowly with acoustic guitars and getting wilder towards the end. I'm not sure about the motives behind "Creep into My Brain", but except for a live setting, I don't think this is among her best songs. Way too modern-sounding and upbeat for my and many older fans' tastes, the song does feature a full bass bottom from Nick Douglas, but aside from that it's a just a call-and-response type of thing with the guitars hitting a chord and then Doro singing her part. The true ballad "Above the Ashes" will secure itself a place for any future ballads compilation Doro or her company may have in mind, but it is the amazing "My Majesty" where Doro comes really close to rocking out hard. Amazing vocals, slightly accented but very aggressive, forceful bass, pummeling drums, and a brief yet effective guitar solo. The German acoustic ballad "In Liebe und Freundschaft" (which would translate as something like "With Love and Friendship") is a love ballad, yearning for the loss of a lover. By the way, I've always liked Doro's vocals, and never really understood people who constantly complain about her heavy accent. It's true that she has a very pronounced accent, but that mostly comes through when she speaks during live shows. Other than that, she always sings like that, including in the rocking "Ungebrochen", another German song.

Doro fans have been waiting for this album for so long, and I doubt they will be disappointed. I just don't think this is a return-to-form in any way. Not that it has to be, but I'll still forewarn those who were expecting otherwise.

Track Listing

  1. You're My Family
  2. Haunted Heart
  3. Strangers Yesterday
  4. Thunderspell
  5. Warrior Soul
  6. Heaven I See
  7. Creep into My Brain
  8. Above the Ashes
  9. My Majesty
  10. In Liebe und Freundschaft
  11. Ungerborchen
  12. Shine On

Added: October 7th 2006
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
Related Link: Doro website
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Language: english

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Doro: Warrior Soul
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-10-07 22:10:21
My Score:

Doro Pesch has been holding the banner of Metal triumph high for many years as one of the most dedicated females to ever approach the business. From the time she fronted Germany's Warlock through her very productive solo years, you always knew that Doro was out to deliver the goods. Her new album Warrior Soul brings her back closer to the work she did years ago with Warlock than ever before with songs like "Haunted Heart" and "Strangers Yesterday". Both tracks holding a solid classic Metal vibe that is today referred to as "Old School" by some and "Traditional" by those that hate the other term. Fronting a band comprised of Joe Taylor (guitar), Nick Douglas (bass), Johnny Dee (drums), and Oliver Palotai (keyboards) she is once again on top of the game. Metal bangers around the world might also find it interesting to know that bassist Nick has toured with Chris Caffery while Mr. Palotai performs regularly with Melodic Metal juggernaut Kamelot. There are quite a few tasty and catchy tracks here to enjoy and she even gives you a couple of songs sung in German. I would have liked to hear them in English and that would have been a great idea for bonus tracks but alas we get an acoustic version of the album title instead. Listeners should be aware that this specific song comes after "Shine On" ends so let it run before you stop the CD. I liked the love song feel of "In Liebe Und Freundschaft" and while I did not understand it at all, Doro certainly seems to be able to make a song like this work. "Thunderspell" and "Strangers Yesterday" should find some fans since they are very up tempo numbers but nothing that has not been done by Doro before.

It's not so much the "Metal return" as it is described as being, but it is a relatively solid effort and I think that not only Doro fans will appreciate it but also the casual listener. There are not enough blistering lead guitar breaks which is a disappointment but overall this is a good enough recording to support one of the first Metal Goddesses once again.

Doro: Warrior Soul
Posted by John Larocque, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-06-27 08:11:51
My Score:

Doro has delivered yet another 80s-friendly album with a few standout cuts and a lot of filler. At this point in her career, one almost wants Gene Simmons to assist with the song-writing, and maybe donate a KISS cover, but alas that was 16 years ago. The lead-off track "You're My Family" grinds along at a suitably heavy midpace, a memorable chorus, and tasty solo (which sadly were far and between on this album). The Accept-like of groove "Haunted Heart" provides additional heavy pleasures. Based on a couple of simple chord progressions, and mixed in with a 40-second solo, it really works, and you almost feel it's 1988 again. Both songs would be quite suitable for a tour and fit in quite well with the Greatest Hits. However, from here on in the album takes a steep dive. From the slow and uninteresting "Strangers Yesterday" to a bunch of formulaic tracks like "Thunderspell" and "Heaven I See." It doesn't really pick up again until the up-tempo "Majesty", one of the album's few unabashed Warlock moments before trailing off with the closer, "Shine On . The title track "Warrior Soul" comes in two flavors - the regular version and a hidden acoustic track buried at the tail end o the last song. And it also comes with the obligatgory German track, "In Liebe und Freundschaft" (which I preferred over most of the filler) and the rather strange one-minute "Ungerbrochen".

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