REVIEW: DORO – “Love’s Gone to Hell” [EP]
Dorothee Pesch aka Doro is the vocalist one would be chastised for not being familiar with. The lady needs no introduction; just her name is enough to cause a ripple in the crowd cheering for her. Doro has been rocking the music industry with her powerful and epic vocals since 1984: setting the stage on fire with her powerful voice and never backing down from singing. Beginning her professional career as the vocalist for Warlock and then moving on to her solo career, Doro is out on the road again with her latest EP ‘Love’s Gone to Hell’.
After not quite being able to live up to the expectations of her fans in her previous effort, ‘Raise Your Fist’, Doro has finally released something for the fans as a hint towards a new album.
The EP has total of six tracks including three different versions of the title track “Love’s Gone to Hell”: A radio edit version, a single version, and a demo version. The stand-out parts in the tracks are the keyboard and bass by Nick Douglas, as well as Doro’s vocals. Although all three versions of the track don’t really offer something new to the fans, it’s the only new track on the EP, failing to connect to the listener as Doro’s songs usually do.
If you aren’t familiar with Doro but are a fan of Lemmy Kilmister, the track “It Still Hurts” offers the Lemmy fans a new vocal side: something Motorhead fans might not be familiar with, but is a great tribute to a legend who recently passed away. The live version of “Save My Soul” from ‘Force Majeure’ might give a feeling of relaxation as listeners will get to revisit a track from her solo album as a debutante. What stands out most though in the album is the live version of “Rock Till Death”, recorded in 2014 and featuring Hansi Kursch (vocalist) of Blind Guardian, from her previous album ‘Raise Your Fist’. It’s a major surprise in the EP which both fans of Doro and Blind Guardian fans will rejoice to hear; much better than the original track, this duet is too powerful to just listen to once.
If you’re a Doro fan and want to listen to a new track, listen to ‘Love’s Gone to Hell’ just to fill that hunger. Otherwise, this EP will keep older fans hooked, but will fail to impress new fans that have recently started listening to the Metal Queen.