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Doro: Fight

I wouldn’t want to piss off Doro Pesch. (That, by the way, is not the reason I’m about to give Fight, her latest album, a decent review.) At once beautiful and intimidating, the former frontwoman for Germany’s Warlock immerses herself in a dark and brutal mix, her tough yet tender voice rising above the din like a forlorn angel in the dead of night. From the rawness of the title track to the haunting “Descent” (a duet with Type O Negative doomsayer Peter Steele) to ballsy tracks written by Kiss’ Gene Simmons (“Legends Never Die”) and Crown of Thorns’ Jean Beauvoir (“Sister Darkness”), Fight is a scorcher that basks in traditional bang-your-head, flash-your-tits heavy metal.

Doro’s mainly American band – guitarist Joe Taylor, bass player Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee and keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai – helps her pack a punch that most female rock singers can’t quite throw, one that hits you in the gut and stings you in the heart. Doro’s vocals sound as strong as ever, and she still possesses the uncanny ability to inhabit a song more than simply sing it. She even performs two tracks in a foreign tongue …

That said, the dozen songs on Fight suffer from similarity, as most of them are either dark and mysterious or heavy and organic. Yet Doro, as she makes so clear here, remains one of the reigning mistresses of metal.

Added: September 26th 2002
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Doro Web Site
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Language: english

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