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Calling The Wild
Released: 2000, Koch Records
Doro Pesch is finally returning to the North American spotlight after a near ten year absence. Since her successful days with Warlock, Doro has constantly been involved in the music business but with the problem of all her albums being released in her home country Germany. Oddly enough, she's lived in the States since about 1986, making this all the more frustrating. However, that's all about to change with the release of her new CD Calling The Wild.
Besides Doro's band she has been blessed with a number of high-caliber guest musicians on this CD - the most notable being her collaboration with Lemmy of Motorhead fame. There's also guest appearances by Slash (G-'n-R) and Al Pitrelli (Megadeth, ex-Savatage). Calling The Wild begins with the upbeat groove metal track "Terrorvision" and is followed up by "I Give My Blood" featuring Al Pitrelli. This is followed by a metalized version of Billy Idol's classic song "White Wedding." It's definitely an improvement in both the vocal and guitar department. Songs like "Kiss Me Like A Cobra" and "I Wanna Live" are in the vein of Lee Aaron hard rock and is not what I'm into. This is the main flaw on the CD. If you listen back to early 80's Warlock you'll hear double kicks and what is arguably a pre-cursor to today's power metal. So for me, being such a huge fan of power metal, I would of preferred to hear Doro come back with a kick ass power metal masterpiece full of double kicks and upbeat kick ass metal. Alas, if that's what you were hoping for, then this CD is not about that. There are some gems on this CD such as Doro's cover of Motorhead's "Love Me Forever" which even features Lemmy on backing vocals. Both their vocal styles actually blend very well and Doro does a killer job on the song breathing new life into the track in a way that Lemmy could not do vocally on his own. Their vocal pairing on the other Lemmy penned track "Alone Again" is also great. Lemmy plays clean guitar on this track and even does a flamenco style solo, who knew Lemmy had that in him huh? The next track on the CD that grabbed my attention was the upbeat "Now Or Never" which features Slash on guitar. Doro's vocals are great on this track, especially on the chorus which really shows the power in her voice. The solo on this track also bleeds, Slash rips it up pretty good on this one. This song could of used some double kicks big time, that would of really put it over the top. The CD closer "Burn it Up" drips of 80's hard rock / metal big time and is about the best track on this CD.
If gritty, grooving ballsy hard rock /metal is your thing then you had better watch for this CD. It's nice to see Doro return to the hard rock arena in North America because we have so few women hard-rockers on this side of the pond (and no, that silly mall-core band Kittie does NOT count).
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