Doro - Fight
Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
12 songs (49'54)
Release year: 2002
Doro, SPV
Reviewed by Marty
This is the latest release from the German Metal Goddess, Doro Pesch. After fronting Warlock through most of the 80's and into the early 90's, she embarked on a solo career. On this release, she surrounds herself with mostly American musicians and even recorded in the U.S. as well. I'd heard some of her music before, but none of it really impressed me as being all that great or original. This album is truly an exception. With a voice that reminds me of Lee Aaron (Canada's Metal Queen in the 80's), Lita Ford and Pat Benatar (I swear!!) she has created a very diversified album that contains all sorts of styles and tempos. There are no real filler tracks and no 2 songs really sound the same.

Most of the guitar sound on this album is a very muddy, bottom heavy variation of what Bruce Dickinson did with The Chemical Wedding album and gives a more modern feel to most of the tracks. Sure there's a few fist-pumping 80's style metal anthems including the title song, Fight as well as Always Live To Win and Rock Before You Bleed complete with live crowd noise mixed in, but there's also a couple of great ballads (Undying and Fight By Your Side)

Doro really lets loose on some of the more power ballad type songs on this album and shows her true vocal talents. Legends Never Die and Wild Heart feature acoustic guitar and piano in their intros slowly building into very powerful and very atmospheric tracks. One of the more interesting tracks, Descent, features Doro in a duet with Peter Steele from Type O Negative. A slow grinding heavy beat with Doro and the whispery style of Peter Steele singing in unison creates a very dark and almost gothic flavor to the song. Very effective and very cool!!.

There's heavy use of very synthesized sounding guitars and bass guitars on a few tracks which adds to the more modern sound of this album. Both Salvaje (Untouchable) and Sister Darkness use this technique and with the combination of the synthesized sound and the de-tuning of the guitars creates a very different but heavy sound.

This is a great collection of all sorts of different songs and the only faults I can really find are with the production. On a few tracks, there's too much echo effect on Doro's voice and as well, her voice is louder than almost any other instrument. It needs to be blended back a bit into the overall mix. The guitars are sometimes hard to hear clearly because of the mix and I found the drums to very "centered", having an almost mono sound to them. I respect what she's trying to accomplish with this album in that she is making an honest attempt to break away from the 80's sound and modernize her approach to making metal music. This is a good attempt and it's unfortunate that the true quality of the songs on this release suffer from lack of the proper production. I find this album is starting to grow on me and is somewhat of a surprise. I like the direction she's taking with her songwriting and with a little better production, this album would've been so much better.

Killing Songs :
Always Live To Win, Descent, Salvaje (Untouchable), Sister Darkness
Marty quoted 80 / 100
Other albums by Doro that we have reviewed:
Doro - Raise Your Fist reviewed by Andy and quoted 76 / 100
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