"Raise Your Fist"

By Professor Jocko

 What can I say about Doro Pesch that you don’t know already; metal dudes really dig her (for obvious reasons) and any crue-slut with a microphone wants to be her. Having just completed their 12th studio album, we can safely say that Doro has made her bones many years ago with Warlock during the 1980’s, and still has incredible stamina to withstand an ever-changing industry mainly dominated by men in a solo career. When an album begins with the name “Raise Your Fist,” it’s easy to imagine that she means business and has put herself into a certain type of music without any reservations.

Songs such as “Raise Your Fist In The Air” pound along with rumbling drums and with wall-to-wall guitar riffs. “Take No Prisoner” is an all-guns blazing tune; a rhythmic drive through speed sludge that reinforce Doro’s melodic throaty vocal style. “Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing)” is a standout track among standout tracks. It builds up slowly with an almost sensual bass riff, and then is sprinkled by clean guitar pickings and Doro’s assuring vocals. When she sings power-ballads, there’s no doubt we’d notice songs like this, especially with an ending that spirals into a dizzying feast of Gus G’s intricate guitar work and burning strings.

There are also some worthy tracks rounding out the album. “Revenge” is a catchy kick-in-the-pants tune that would make an impact on any Doro fan, reminiscent of previous albums such as Warrior Soul or Classic Diamonds. One of the more notable tracks is called “It Still Hurts, which features Lemmy Kilmister and is perhaps a little more nontraditional, which has more of a music-esque theme not typical of anything that he would normally consider. However, Bas Maas is all over the fret board, which is not exactly unusual for him, but his guitar sounds incredible with riffs both beautiful and brutal with semi-melodic solo and arpeggio-styled passages that have to be heard to be believed.

The last several tracks border on instrumental styles with a fluid take which propel the sound to create a heady, intoxicating sidestep which slink in perfectly with the rest of the album, adding to the overall feel instead of subtracting from it. “Free My Heart”, “Victory” & “Hero” are tracks that may stray slightly for any metal fan when you consider several previous tracks and the avid use of piano and a string section. When you put everything together; memorable songs, good musicianship, great vocals and subtle touches and dynamics that are revealed with multiple listens, you end up with an outstanding result.