Sister Sin and Doro brought their hot winter metal tour to Columbus, Ohio last Saturday Night. I have been looking forward to this show for a quite some time, and had this one blocked out on my calendar for weeks. I saw Sister Sin live back in 2009, when they opened for Faster Pussycat and the Bulletboys. Sister Sin blew those bands off of the stage that night. I have been anxious to see them play again ever since. I can’t imagine two more power female metal singers singing on the same bill (although Benedictum would have been a cool addition) as Liv Jagrell and Doro Pesch.
So Saturday night, Stone from Metal Odyssey and I, embarked on a short road trip to the Ace of Cups club in Columbus. Several local bands opened the show, with my favorite being the thrash metal band Skullbomb.
The anticipation grew with each and every band, and I was very excited when Sister Sin took the stage. If you haven’t seen Sister Sin play, you are truly missing out. Liv Jagrell has a big voice that could rival that of Doro. Sister Sin’s set was tight, and I was very happy to hear them play a few new songs off of their new album, Now and Forever. If you haven’t picked up one of Sister Sin’s CD’s, you are really missing out.
I have been a Warlock fan since high school, but believe it or not, I have not seen Doro perform live before last Saturday. How was Doro?
She looked and sounded amazing. She hasn’t lost one bit of her vocal range. Her voice was in fine form, and her band was damn good too. I nearly forgot that Johnny Dee from Britny Fox was drumming for Doro. I haven’t seen him since the 80’s. His drum solo was pretty cool too.
I couldn’t have been happier with Doro’s set, although I wish she would have played longer. Her set consisted mostly of Warlock tunes including: “Metal Racer”, “Burning The Witches”, “Earthshaker Rock”, “True As Steel”, “Fight For Rock”, “All We Are”, “Metal Tango”, and “Für Immer “. She also performed “Raise your Fist In The Air” and “Hero” off of her new album, Raise Your Fist.
After the show, both Liv and Doro were at the merchandise both autographing memorabilia, taking pictures and meeting fans. The line was long, and the wait was heinous, but getting to meet Doro Pesch made this awesome night of metal even better. I can’t wait to see Sister Sin and Doro play again.
There are a few dates left on this tour. Don’t miss this show if it comes to your town! The remaining dates are listed below.
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
Doro’s back with some hard rocking, heavy metal, head banging tunes guaranteed to satisfy your inner metal demon. This German vixen, former lead singer of Warlock, proves that she still has what it takes to rock, delivering her old school style of delicious 80s metal, ushering it into 2009 with her latest release, Fear No Evil. It sounds as great today as it did more than twenty years ago.
Fear No Evil starts off with “Night of the Warlock”, which could be seen as a small shout out to her former band. The album begins with a thunder crack and a satanic voice from beyond claiming how there’s no running away and the time is now. Cue the evil laughter which breaks into the pound of (former Britny Fox drummer) Johnny Dee’s drums and Joe Taylor’s guitar riffs. Doro is back and she’s here to deliver. Night of the Warlock is an excellent opening track and a great way to reconnect with a long lost friend in the form of a heavy metal vixen. This song sets the stage for what’s to come and is a killer introduction to Fear No Evil.
“Celebrate” is hands down the best song on the entire disc and could fight for best song of the summer. This is a highway cruising, top down, fist in the air, bang your head, metal infused, joy fest of a song! The simple back beat with choppy guitar riffs and a chanted chorus of “we celebrate our love for rock and metal…” just makes this a fun song. And that’s why it is so great; it’s so much fun to listen to and to sing along with.
While “Celebrate” is the best song on the disc, “Caught in a Battle” may be the worst. Perhaps it is hard to follow the amazing song that preceded it, but this tune just falls apart from the opening note.
Things fix themselves with “Herzblut“, a nifty little song that finds Doro singing in her native German tongue. While I’m not exactly sure what she is singing about, or saying, the tune is catchy. A slow building intro that leads into the crashing metal sounds of drums and guitars with just the right amount of keyboards and bass, this is a modern day power ballad on steroids.
What makes Fear No Evil so exceptional is the exquisite supporting cast that Doro surrounds herself with. We all know that Doro can sing like no other heavy metal woman, but when her vocals are blended with the amazing guitar work of Joe Taylor and the time is kept perfectly by Johnny Dee, the music is raised to heights that seldom can achieve.
Doro still has the talent and the ability to sing like no other woman in the metal world. If you’re a fan of 80s rock, heavy metal, and/or women who rock, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy of Fear No Evil. It’s rock done right by a woman who has rocked for many years and can still bring the goods.
Rating: Out of 10
- Night of the Warlock
- Running from the Devil
- Caught In a Battle
- On the Run
- Walking With the Angels
- I Lay My Head upon My Sword
- It Kills Me
- Long Lost For Love
- 25 Years
Doro Pesch – Vocals
Joe Taylor – Guitar
Nick Douglas – Bass
Oliver Palotai – guitar/keys
Johnny Dee – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie