Doro - Fear No Evil (Limited Edition 2009)
Limited digipak edition of the 2009 album from the German Metal Queen including two bonus tracks ('Wildfire' and 'You Won My Love') plus the enhanced video for 'Herzblut'. Fear No Evil is a step back to her roots without denying any phases of Doro's fantastic career. Just listen to 'The Night Of The Warlock', the anthemic 'Celebrate', the great ballads 'Herzblut' and 'Walking With The Angels' or aggressive tunes like 'Caught In A Battle' - the variety of Fear No Evil is impressive in every way. This is certainly Doro's best album since the '80s! AFM Records.
"Fear No Evil" has become my favorite album from Doro under that name of "Doro." I mean I've liked her albums like "Fight" and "Warrior Soul" along with the early 90s, but she's got more "hard rock" songs among those albums with some songs touching the heavy metal she played with Warlock back in the 80s. However "Fear No Evil" is definitely a heavier album and more metal sounding than her previous outputs, several songs remind me of those 80s metal anthems she played with Warlock. There are even more guitar solos present here for you guitarheads!
The first two songs "Night of the Warlock" and "Running from the Devil" are slow songs but heavy, ballsy and catchy. "Night of the Warlock" is definitely a favorite on this album. "Celebrate" is a kind of cheesy song about the love of rock and metal, but I love it. "Caught in a Battle" was a surprise, it's probably the heaviest song I've ever heard Doro sing on, with defined double-bass drumming and high speed and fast guitar riffs. A little on the short side, but a fun headbanging listen. "On The Run" is a nice rocker with a catchy chorus - I find this to be an awesome driving song! Probably my favorite track on the whole album. "I Lay My Head Upon My Sword" is a fairly catchy midtempo song, a bit softer than the previous but a good listen. The ballads "Herzblut," "It Kills Me," "Long Lost For Love," and "Walking With The Angels" remind me again of why Doro Pesch is my favorite vocalist of all time - her rocking singing voice is sexy; gritty, powerful despite aged, but her ballad voice is so soothing, emotional and has this power that gives me chills up and down my spine. "Herzblut" is a very beautiful listen despite being in German, it reminds me of "Fur Immer" as far as feel goes and atmosphere. Buuuut the album's highlight has to be the duet with former Nightwish frontlady Tarja Turunen on "Walking with the Angels" - very interesting combo but their vocals surprisingly work and fit beautifully together! My favorite metal ladies on the same track...and I will use it again: gives me chills up and down my spine.
Overall, I think this is Doro's more metal album, has a lot of hard rockers, ballads, catchy lyrics and more guitar riffs and of course Doro's magnificent performance that reminds us of why she's the metal queen!...K.Movans
German heavy metal/hard rock goddess Doro Pesch is best-known for her years with the band Warlock, but she has had a long solo career and continued to command a small but loyal following (especially in Europe) long after Warlock's demise. Pesch, who only uses her first name professionally, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, on June 3, 1964. Although she grew up in a country where German is the primary language, Pesch fluently speaks English and has done most of her singing in English, something she has in common with the Scorpions, Accept, and other German headbangers. Pesch was only in her late teens when, in the early '80s, she started singing lead for an obscure Dusseldorf-based metal band called Snakebite. But in 1983, she left Snakebite and became the lead singer for Warlock, a forceful yet melodic fantasy metal outfit along the lines of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Ronnie James Dio. At the time, heavy metal and hard rock were very male-dominated, but thanks to various ladies of loudness — including Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, Girlschool, Lita Ford, and the Runaways — headbangers had grown more comfortable with the idea of women singing aggressive, balls-to-the-wall rock. But there weren't that many women singing gothic fantasy metal and getting into lyrics about witches, demons, ghosts, or sorcerers; Jett, Benatar, Ford, and Heart's Ann Wilson were mainly singing about love, romance, and sex. So when Pesch belted out Warlock's fantasy-oriented lyrics and did so with as much aggression as Ozzy Osbourne or Ronnie James Dio, she stood out. After playing the Dusseldorf club scene for several months and acquiring a small local following, Warlock recorded a demo and was signed by the independent Mausoleum label; after that, the band ended up recording for Mercury/Polygram (where Pesch remained for 11 years). Warlock's debut album, Burning the Witches, was released on Mercury in 1984 and was followed by Hellbound in 1985, True As Steel in 1986, and Triumph & Agony in 1987. That year, Warlock toured Europe as an opening act for Dio, but Warlock didn't tour the United States until 1988 (when the band opened for Megadeth on an extensive North American tour). Although Warlock had an enthusiastic cult following, it wasn't the huge following the headbangers were hoping for. So in 1989, the name Warlock was put to rest and Pesch started billing herself as a solo artist. As a solo act, she didn't inundate listeners with the sort of gothic fantasy themes that Warlock was known for. Released in 1989, Pesch's debut solo album, Force Majeure, is more pop-metal/hard rock than gothic fantasy metal — the album is closer to Crimes of Passion-era Pat Benatar than Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, or King Diamond. The singer's second album, Doro (which contains her cover of the Electric Prunes' psychedelic hit "I Had Too Much to Dream") was released by Mercury in 1990 and was followed by her third solo album, True at Heart (a European release), in 1991. A few years after that, Pesch and similar artists suffered a major setback. When grunge icons Nirvana and Pearl Jam exploded commercially in 1992 and 1993, alternative rock became rock's primary direction and all of a sudden, the styles of metal and hard rock that had been huge in the '80s were out of vogue. There were still plenty of metal bands getting signed to major labels, but they were alternative metal bands — not pop-metal hair bands and not gothic fantasy metallers in the Sabbath/Priest/Maiden tradition. In this brave new rock world, the women who defined heavy rock were folks like Babes in Toyland, L7, 7 Year Bitch, and Hole's controversial Courtney Love; Pesch, like Benatar, Wilson, and Ford, was considered part of metal/hard rock's Old School. Nonetheless, Pesch continued to command a small but loyal following — especially in Europe — and kept touring and recording as a solo artist. In 1993, two Pesch albums were released by Polygram in Europe: Angels Never Die (her fourth solo album) and Doro Live (her first live album and fifth album overall). In 1995, Polygram released Machine II Machine in Europe; that year, her contract with Polygram ended and she signed with WEA in Europe. It was also in 1995 that Pesch made her acting debut with a role on the German television series Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love). The headbanger's next album, Love Me in Black, came out on Warner Bros. in Europe in 1998; that year, she parted company with WEA and signed two deals — one with Koch in the U.S., the other with SPV Steamhammer in Europe. In 1999, Pesch recorded Calling the Wild, which was released in both Europe and the U.S. in 2000. Calling the Wild was her first North American release since 1990's Doro; True at Heart, Angels Never Die, Doro Live, Machine II Machine, and Love Me in Black had only been released in Europe, although the CDs were sold in U.S. stores as imports.
01. The Night Of The Warlock 5:42
02. Running From The Devil 3:35
03. Celebrate 4:54
04. Caught In A Battle 3:08
05. Herzblut 4:38
06. On The Run 4:40
07. Walking With The Angels 4:53
08. I Lay My Head Upon My Sword 3:36
09. It Kills Me 4:27
10. Long Lost For Love 3:25
11. 25 Years 4:46
12. Wildfire (Digipak bonus) 04:24
13. You Won My Love (Digipak bonus) 04:12