Doro Pesch returns this month with another dynamic metal album, “Raise Your Fist”: Further proof that she has many more years of headbanging ahead of her, and many more solid metal albums in store for fans. Last year the Queen of Metal celebrated 25 years in metal, but the truth is, Doro has been rocking her ass off for well over 30 years.
This week The Examiner caught up with the German songstress to talk about the new record; working with Lemmy Kilmister, Gus G., and her friendship with Ronnie James Dio. As always, she was a gracious and genuine as she always is.
With band’s like fellow Germans, the Scorpions and Judas Priest, who Doro supported on her first tour, hanging up their guns. I asked her what keeps her motivated to keep making metal.
“I must say, my truly and my only secret– it’s the fans. It’s the great fan base worldwide. It’s my love towards the fans. There’s nothing more important in my life. That’s the reason why I’ve never started a family. I never got married. I never had kids. To me, that is my total family. And will never want to give that up. As long as God wants me to rock, as long as I’m healthy–everything is in good shape. I would never want to do a ‘goodbye tour’. I think that’s so sad. I don’t ever want to do that. It hurts too much. On one hand, I totally understand. On the other hand I’m a big fan myself and I don’t want to see good people and good bands go. I definitely wanna promise I never want to do that to our fans. They can totally count on us that we’ll do it as long as they enjoy it. As long as I can. For me there is no other life. What you see is what you get.”
“Raise Your Fist” represents Doro’s twelfth solo studio album, and undeniably her best effort in years. The album is thicker in sound, and takes us back to her most anthemic work. The concept all began with the first single, “Raise Your Fist in the Air”, a track Doro debuted at Wacken last year. One of the guys at Wacken insisted the band perform the song at the festival when it was still a demo. Offered Doro:
“I said ‘No, it’s not done. It’s not finished. I can’t.’ And he said, ‘Oh please, do it, it’s so much fun.’ So I said, ‘Okay, I will try.’ So I told the fans, it’s a brand new song. It’s just a demo, but check it out and let me see your fists. Then 60,000 fists came up in the air. It was just a picture I will never forget. I thought, oh this is a good one. It will probably make the record.”
Doro puts her heart into everything she does, and that was no different as she approached the making of “Raise Your Fist”, the follow-up to 2009′s “Fear No Evil”.
“Every album is always the most important album, and you always try to give it your all. This time I felt like maybe everything fell into place. All the stars were aligned. I don’t know. It just felt like I had a little more power. I always try to learn from previous stuff. And on ‘Fear No Evil’, I loved it so much but the speed metal guitar songs, I thought they could have sounded a little fatter, or thick and big. I thought, I definitely want to do that on the new album. Then I went to Scandinavia to do the mixing and worked with Jason Hansen who did a lot of stuff for Volbeat. And I thought this definitely sounds balls to the wall. I think soundwise we improved a little bit. I think it was just the right time at the right place. Metal is so huge worldwide again, and it’s very inspiring. And from touring so much sometimes you really know what the fans love and want. Everything influences the new record.”
You can listen to our full interview at left, and hear her talk more in-depth about the new album and her relationship with Lemmy, Dio and more. Read our review of “Raise Your Fist”.
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Rustyn Rose is a veteran music journalist who owns and operates Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.