It took three years until DORO finally came back with a new album and after the great predecessor “Warrior Soul” and the great tour right after I could not wait to hear new fodder. And when it actually arrived and I bought the CD, the following attack on the ears was a stark disappointment. And even now, several weeks after, I still have problems with the album.
I can’t shake the feeling that DORO tried to please absolutely everybody on this one. On the one hand she gave her really old fans a title with “Night Of The Warlock” that is just too cheesy and also lacks the Heavy Metal power and the chorus that is repeated into oblivion gets on my nerves in no time. Many songs also sound as if they were composed and recorded for the US market, not too heavy, very catchy and nicely sappy. Perfect stuff for the US radio of the Eighties.
But then we also get this odd, tuned down guitar sound as in “Running From The Devil“, which may be designed to appeal to Metalheads of the newer time, I don’t know. With “On The Run“ there’s just one song that can even halfway compete with „Warrior Soul:, even the fast, very heavy „Caught In The Battle“ can only offer great riffing, but nothing more. And I have heard plenty of better ballads by DORO. Sure, with “Lay My Head Upon My Sword“ the Metal lady has a really good firecracker on offer and the melancholic “25 Years” with its Ambient sounds also has its moments. Of the two bonus tracks the aptly named “Wildfire” could become a real live favourite, while ballad “You Won My Love” is nothing more but standard.
So I can’t attest the album more than elevated average, which should enrage most fans, but Doro Pesch will not reach more than her die hard fans, which is absolutely ok, though. I still am looking forward to the next tour and hope that they’ll make a stop in Kaiserslautern again.
(Online March 2, 2011)