DORO - CLASSIC DIAMONDS - AFM
Sigh. Where do I begin? Classic Diamonds is a sampler of Doro's past hits and new songs given the orchestral treatment. It is not such a hot idea to begin with, but it gets worse. The songs are synthesized, fiddlized and come across as soft rock pop tunes. Doro was never one to insist on integrity. She marginalized and dumped her band in order to become a solo artist and later hooked up with Gene Simmons of Kiss and so forth to conquer (ha!) the US market and this disc is another one of her silly errors. It is, therefore, probably too late to advise Doro to stop solely selling her sexy image, integrate herself into a song writing band and to become justifiable, but this review should help. Having said that, it is at least a curiosity to hear Udo Dirkschneider perform on a Judas Priest cover. Classic Diamonds? Snooze! - Ali "The Metallian"
DORO - FUR IMMER - SPV
Doro's Forever double DVD is not unlike many of the other music DVDs being released today. Myriad of bands that have a concert or an interview filmed and ready to be processed take advantage of this relatively new format. However, this is likely one of the longer and more complete ones running at around five hours and celebrating 20 years of Doro's career. The DVDs on this particular set include everything one might expect to see. The first DVD starts off with a live show in a cave setting with, perhaps expectedly, the vocals dominating the sound. Then comes the inevitable 'Making Of', where this reviewer couldn't get the subtitles working, followed by a collection of Doro's video clips dating back to the '80s. Every song from All We Are to Love Me In Black to White Wedding is included, accompanied by somewhat odd presentations by Doro herself.
The second DVD, thankfully with working subtitles, features an extensive interview and documentary covering her start in the music business to her plans for the future. Of note are scenes of her going back to visit an early rehearsal space and her hope to someday do an all acoustic album! Other features included are several backstage pass sections and also a 'Doro Down Under' feature.
The biggest appeal of this DVD, as with many of its kinds, is to hardcore fans and as such is recommended for them and perhaps others seeking a comprehensive look at the history of Doro. - Anna Tergel
DORO - WARRIOR SOUL - AFM
It is hard to figure out why a serious metal fan would like Doro. Ms. Pesch’s brand of syrupy pop metal suffers not necessarily because she tries to sell albums through sex and her image, but because song after song lacks every single ingredient needed to create a respectable, or tolerable, heavy metal album.
Warrior Soul begins badly enough - the commonplace title aside. You’re My Family - undoubtedly about the clichÃ© topic of being close to one’s fans - and Haunted Heart sound like Billy Idol B-sides. The music is undermixed to emphasize Doro’s voice, flat as it is, with the instruments coming across as strictly incidental. In fact, the production sounds like it was done on the cheap. Yet, that is where the real trouble begins. Listen to Doro lip-synching the words “heavy metal thunder” on Thunderspell and you would swear you had never heard those words uttered so emotionlessly. From then on, the album is packed with little commercial slow song ditties with as much content as a vacuum tube. Even the title track, Warrior Soul, is a slow plodding tune. Heaven I See is a slow song. Above The Ashes is another slow number. Shine On ends the album with, you guessed it, another slow song, but not before Doro runs through the gamut of clichés and performs two songs in German (“hit single,” said the A&R man) called In Liebe Und Freundschaft (in love and friendship) and Ungebrochen (unbroken). The latter is Doro’s attempt at occupying the pop punk market.
Most discerning readers let up on reading the review many words ago. If you are one of those who kept on reading then thanks go out to you. It is the least you could do given how I had to listen to this pile of crud in order to complete this review. - Ali “The Metallian”