Title: “Fear No Evil” (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
Label: AFM Records
Release Date: 8/17/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Attention armies that serve proudly under the true Metal Queen Doro. The time has come to “Fear No Evil” once again as the powers of the AFM Records union have unleashed unto the faithful an Ultimate Collectors Edition of the release and it is LOADED with extra music and goodies. Having reviewed the release when it first came out, I modified my text ever so slightly about the album to be more on point with this one, and then I added views about the other parts of this giant collectible.
You have to give her credit, because Doro Pesch, Metal’s true reigning queen is certainly someone who keeps herself busy and is always releasing new music or videos for her fans and playing shows in whatever region she can get the schedule set up for. The latest weapon in the arsenal of the Queen comes by way of “Fear No Evil” which amounts to her eleventh album as a solo artist on top of all the releases she did with Warlock. Musically this recording features the same traditional Heavy Metal purity that Doro always manages to deliver and there are a number of incredible tracks that she can add to her repertoire. The downside might be for the listener who is expecting the singer to step outside of her comfort zone just a little bit this time around and adventure into new ground but since she does no such thing there is a chance that this kind of fan will find the release a disappointment. to add to her repertoire the listener who might be expecting the singer to step outside of the box a little bit will be disappointed that she does not. Our adventures begin with the sinister voice of some Hellish demon and this leads us into “Night Of The Warlock” which does in some sense call back to the singer’s glory years. I didn’t mind how “Running From The Devil” continued this albums trend of calling us back to Metal’s classic sound because we had recently found artists releasing albums that brought us back to the time of their biggest successes and while Doro has really never veered off course its nice that even she opted to back a decade or two with this one. Of course this is just my view of how this sounds and you might feel differently when you hear it.
A rousing winner comes as the singer and a number of Metal vocalists of note help her “Celebrate” her 25 years in the business and from the looks of it we shall be seeing Doro do this for many years to come. You know you have made some powerful friends in the business if Biff Byford, Angela Gossow, Liv Kristine, Floor Jansen, Sabina Classan, Ji-Lin Cho, and Veronica Freeman make themselves available to bring your song to bigger and brighter life. I think this will be a fantastic live tune when and if she does it in concert. Doro has a ballad which she sings in German called “Herzblut” which I think is literally translated into “blood of the heart” but I can be missing the point here. Another highlight comes via “Walking With The Angels” as this finds her doing a great duet with former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. It was very interesting to hear their two unique voices going back and forth together. The playing comes across as solid and this is based on many members of Doro’s group being with her for a long time. As expected we found Nick Douglas and Johnny Dee on bass and drums, while guitars come care of Joe Taylor, keys from Kamelot’s Oliver Palotai and more keys from Rhapsody Of Fire’s Luca Princiotta – capable players all and great to see them so interested in bringing Doro’s Metal to brighter life by their participation. .
Doro succeeds in the booklet department for this one as well and gives us some dramatic and heroic artwork that protects the song lyrics and photos inside its numerous pages. Fortunately she does not just give us one solo photograph of herself and instead includes about twelve different ones that feature the band and her on the stage or in various poses. Thanks Doro for remembering how important this part of a CD is to some people. It also gives the fans something to hope to have signed if they come to the shows. Closing up I had to say that while the spirit of the Metal warrior runs deep in the material on the album don’t expect a single concept or theme to be taking place as that is not what this one is all about. Doro does closes the main release with the very personal “25 Years” and this is a song in which the singer thanks her fans and believers for their devotion and promises that she will continue the fight. With a Metal Queen such as Doro Pesch on the throne, I think the kingdom is in excellent hands. The special edition of this release features two additional tracks and one of them is a redo of her classic Warlock tune “All We Are”. I didn’t mind her showcasing the tune with the band she currently works with because this was better than her choosing to re-record an entire body of work. Nice job when it comes down to it.
Celebrate EP Track List: 1. Celebrate, 2. Celebrate (with Saxon’s Biff Byford), 03. Celebrate (Full Metal Female Version), 04. The Night Of The Warlock, 05. Rescue Me
*** “Celebrate” is one the solid tunes on the release so it was cool to hear a couple of different versions of it with other legendary performers. We get the original version of course and one with Saxon’s legendary main man Biff Byford who still maintains the Heavy Metal thunder and what they call the Full Metal Female version. This one might be of great interest to any fans of the female fronted Metal bands as it features Sabina Classen, Floor Jansen, Liv Kristine, Angela Gossow, Girlschool, Liv from Sister Sin and Ji-In Cho. I enjoyed getting the chance to hear all these other amazing women helping to celebrate the true Metal Queen as she really deserves it. We get the album track “Night Of The Warlock” as well as a non-album inclusion with “Rescue Me” and this continues the journey of Doro into Metal history.
Herzblut EP Track List: . 1. Herzblut (Single Version), 2. Herzblut (Album Version), 3. A Fond Le Coer (Herzblut French Version), 4. Te Doy Mi Corazon (Herzblut Spanish Version), 5. Eu Dou Teo Meu Coracao (Herzblut Portugese Version), 6. Share My Fate.
*** I’ll say that I was glad to find this EP included in the Collector’s Edition because there is no way that I would have been happy buying this on its own. That being said it is definitely something more for her super diehards or those whose countries are being represented in the versions she did. Since I only speak English I guess I will sound a little ignorant by saying how different language versions of songs don’t really do anything for me. This EP closes out with another track that we don’t find on the regular album so it’s another plus for the package.
The packaging for this massive edition is rather nicely put together and all three individual jewel cases sit securely in a cardboard box that has different artwork from the original album. We also get a double sided posted which has a real photo of Doro and one of her animated as the Warrior Metal Queen. There is also a sticker included. I’ll be picky here and say that it would have been cool to find a special laminate inside as well as we are finding many releases come with when it’s a special occasion. There are a couple of downsides to this one and the first would be that it is a little pricy but if you don’t have the original album or any of the two EP’s then you might find it worthy of your time. It’s also rather bulky and while it shall sit impressively among your other Metal releases, perhaps it would have been smarter to make this a double CD edition by pairing the EP’s on one single CD and the original CD as it was. All in all this is worth looking around for if you support the music of Doro and never treated yourself to the “Fear No Evil” release when it first came out. Doro has been doing this stuff for twenty five years and she is someone that clearly deserves our support.
1. Night Of The Warlock
2. Running From The Devil
4. Caught In A Battle
6. On The Run
7. Walking With The Angels
8. I Lay My Head
9. It Kills Me
10. Long Lost For Love
11. 25 Years
12. All We Are (2007) – bonus
13. On My Own – bonus
Official Website: http://www.doropesch.com