|Review: Doro - Forever Warriors, Forever United|
|Forever Warriors, Forever United|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 9, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Forever Warriors, Forever United
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Forever Warriors, Forever United from metal queen Doro Pesch and her eponymous band has a couple of things going against from the get-go. First, Doro (the band) has never been known for swimming in the heavy end of the metal pool and second, it’s a double album and that almost always means a ton of filler material. Color me surprised as this release is surprisingly heavy and more shockingly, has several highly entertaining songs (to be fair, this is the woman behind Warlock’s anthem "All We Are").
Full disclosure; Forever Warriors, Forever United is a hard rock/heavy metal album and isn’t going to be confused with Reign in Blood or Live at Leipzig any time soon but there are a number of great riffs, from "Resistance" to "Love is a Sin" and my favorite track, the speedy "Bastardos." Doro possesses a classic metal voice, full of power and emotion and she lays it all on the line with some fantastic vocal lines and choruses. Many of the other songs are fun, 80s-inspired numbers that evoke the golden age of metal’s commercial zenith. The place where this release loses steam is in the ballads, of which there are several like "Lift Me Up", "Soldier of Metal" and "1000 Years". It sounds like Doro is trying for another "Fur Immer" and never comes close. But then "Fight Through the Fire" starts the ass-kicking again and all is forgiven.
Forever Warriors, Forever United is Doro (the band) stepping up and hitting the target a lot more often than missing it. It isn’t the heaviest album you are going to hear, but that is to be expected. What I didn’t expect was just how enjoyable it would be. Shame on me for judging a book by its cover.
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