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Strong and Proud (30 Years of Rock and Metal; Live)
Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: July 1, 2016
For fans of Rock and Metal, the mighty Doro should need no introduction. From her early days with Warlock to her enviable solo career, the reigning Queen of Metal has been going strong for 30 years. She was the first female to play Monsters of Rock. She has toured with W.A.S.P., Bon Jovi, Metallica, Judas Priest, Scorpions, and just about any other household name you know. Her latest live album, Strong and Proud, celebrates her history, her present, and her future all at once with classic hits and covers of the songs that influenced her during her over the years.
Everything has so much life on this album that it’s hard to pick favorites. While I love Doro, sometimes the anthemic quality of her music gets lost in the studio. Strong and Proud captures the energy Doro is known for, especially on emotional rockers like “You’re My Family” (my personal favorite here) and the ballad “Fur Immer,” which becomes a moment when the Metal community comes together with their queen and transcends the simplicity of the music. “Raise Your Fist” gets an aggressive treatment here that lays waste to the original studio recording. Doro’s now famous cover of “Fear of the Dark” is another definite highlight. These days she plays that song like she wrote it!
Overall, this is a strong release from Doro. Just when you think maybe she has mellowed out a bit too much, she releases an album like this and proves that she is still full of energy and has no signs of slowing down. If you have never heard Doro before then this is an excellent place to start. If you are a longtime fan then this is a must-have for your Metal collection.
Reviewed by mark1340