1987 was a great year for Heavy Metal music and one of the awesome releases that should be in your collection is Warlock’s “Triumph and Agony”. It arrived in September 1987 and while the bands fourth album, was the very first release that a whole bunch of Metal heads had as their introduction to the amazing Doro Pesch. Now, while I am assembling a few posts based on the exploration of the “Five Points Festival”, I was happy to pause that side of the creative efforts and share the news about the singer announcing a celebratory special run of US dates in honor of that albums 30th Anniversary. Take a look below and know that I will return at the close.
The Press Release:
Released in 1987, Triumph And Agony is the fourth studio album from German heavy metal titans WARLOCK. The record was a mammoth success globally with hit singles and MTV’s Headbangers Ball favorites “All We Are” and “Für immer” among other now-pinnacle anthems like “East Meets West”, “Metal Tango,” “I Rule The Ruins,” and “Touch Of Evil.” Triumph And Agony stands among heavy metal’s true cult classics.
Gushed Decibel Magazine of the zenith offering, “Triumph And Agony contains one glorious anthem after another for the duration of its (too short) forty-minute run time. ‘All We Are’ is the big fist-pumper, their ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ or ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.’ ‘Three Minute Warning’ absolutely scorches, something Accept would have been proud to write. ‘I Rule The Ruins’ lays waste to everything and THEN rules it. ‘Kiss Of Death’ provides the requisite tragic vampire soliloquy, and ‘Make Time For Love’ provides the requisite drama ballad. ‘East Meets West’ taps some serious spine with its love letter to the Land Of The Rising Sun, while ‘Metal Tango’ may be the only, well, metal tango. And then there’s ‘Touch Of Evil,’ which ends with one of the most astonishing vulgar displays of screeching ever recorded.”
And three decades later, the record has lost none of its charm. In honor of its 30th anniversary, this September, WARLOCK vocalist Doro Pesch will, for the first time ever, perform the fist-raising full-length in its entirety on two European festival dates this Summer and a special run of US live performances. Joined by original Triumph And Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta, Pesch will hit Worcester, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
“Triumph And Agony was our breakthrough album in America,” issues Pesch, “and it’s still one of my absolute favorites! I’m so excited to play some of these songs for the first time and I’m so much looking forward to play with Tommy again. I’m sure it’s gonna sound great and we’ll put on a killer show.”
The Tour Dates:
6/08/2017: Sweden Rock – Norje, SE
7/07/2017: Norway Rock Live – Kvinesdal, NO
9/08/2017: Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/10/2017: BB King’s – New York, NY
9/12/2017: Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
9/14/2017: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/16/2017: The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA
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Before I toss in my thoughts let’s revisit the once regularly aired video for the “All We Are” track. This song made Warlock and Doro a ton of fans and it remains one of my own favorite Metal anthems to this very day.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Do I really need to stress that fans must make a point about seeing Doro in concert before she decides to call it a day? Now, mind you I don’t really see this happening anytime soon but stuff happens and bands cease the touring efforts for one reason or another. Doro is one of Metal’s greatest spokespeople and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting her at a show, will agree that she is just as awesome in person as she is on the stage. I’m planning on being at the B.B. King’s date for sure and wonder what you fans think about this brief run and the albums anniversary. A Music Milestone post will run on the date of the albums original release so be sure to mark that down wherever you do that stuff nowadays.