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Doro

Formed: 1989
From: Düsseldorf, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Doro Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Doro.

Interview

Doro Pesch Discusses New Music And Old Friends

Heavy metal has its fair share of heroes and legends. While many bands mean a lot to people, heavy metal has given the world of music some true icons such as Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead's Lemmy and King Diamond. In a genre which is seen to have been dominated by men however, a number of woman have made their presence known and voices heard, perhaps none more so than Doro Pesch. Doro achieved success fronting Warlock, who released four albums before legal issues meant she had to change the name of the band to the eponymous, Doro. As a solo artist, she's released a number of stellar albums, creating pounding anthems and satin smooth ballads, collaborating with everyone from Lemmy to comedian Helge Schneider in the process.

Last night, Doro kicked off the tour in support of her first double album, "Forever Warriors, Forever United," performing as special guest to fellow metal legends Saxon. I was lucky enough to meet up with her after her set and discuss the new album, the influence Lemmy had on the record, the impressive cast of collaborators and how the place of women in heavy metal has changed over the decades. You can watch the interview in full below, while an excerpt reads as follows:

Diamond Oz: You've just done an amazing show! I saw you at Bloodstock a few months ago which was also incredible, but this time you've changed the setlist up a little bit and it's not so Warlock orientated. The new material sounds amazing!

Doro Pesch: Oh good! It was the first time we've played "Blood, Sweat and Rock & Roll." We were so excited about it but everybody sang along, it was great!

Oz: And of course that comes from the new album, "Forever Warriors, Forever United." It's been six years since "Raise Your Fist" so I'd imagine quite a lot of material has built up over that time.

Doro: Yeah, totally but we always release something every year like DVDs and then we spent about two and a half years collecting all the new material together. It always takes a long time to really get into the mindset and make sure everything sounds right and now it's a double album for the first time!
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Celebrating Women In Metal

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, it seems only appropriate and empowering to take a moment to focus on the fierce and powerful women in metal that inspire us every day.

Whether they are rocking it out in a corset or not, their presence on the stage is always captivating. Sometimes they are blowing our minds with their vocal escapades, or dominating their instruments as skillfully as any man, but continuously these women are pioneers in a genre that has traditionally been predominantly men.

Back in the ‘60s during the classic rock days, artists such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick paved the way for the Valkyries of our modern day music. Later, women such as Pat Benetar and Joan Jett would take the baton and run hard with it!

Nowadays women in metal have provided valuable insights into reshaping aspects of the genre and fusing them with their unique ideas and talents. It’s not possible for a man to hit the airy lyric soprano range that often we are graced with in bands like Nightwish or Leaves Eyes without going into falsetto. Other women have used their hands to virtuosity, and left us in awe with their keyboards, strings, basses or drums.

International Women’s day is about celebrating the strides women have made whether economic, socially, or political. But let us not forget the massive accomplishments we’ve made towards metal music, and how we made our mark on a genre that shows that men and women truly can work towards something better.

We at Metalunderground.com are well aware of the sirens of the scene, and all the triumphs they have contributed that have made Metal the diverse genre it is. More...

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Doro Talks New Album "Raise Your Fist"

The metal queen Doro Pesch has kept busy this year, releasing an EP, a compilation, and the new full-length album "Raise Your Fist," which is an old school look at anthemic, fist-pumping metal meant to keep the energy running high.

Doro is gearing up to rock the sea-bound metal legions on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which will then be followed by a U.S. tour in February with Sister Sin. As the year is ending and the festivities are just about to kick off, Doro got in touch with us to chat about the new album and upcoming live activity.

Check out a transcript of our talk below, in which she shares her excitement for new live shows, discusses a track dedicated to the late Ronnie James Dio, and gushes with love for all things '80s metal. More...

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Interview With Doro Pesch

Doro Pesch is an incredible metal musician with a career that spans the decades without loss momentum. Gaining fame with her band Warlock, Doro has lead a very successful career with her band that's named after her. Recently, she took the mic for some dates with Dio Disciples, a band in tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. And on the eve of releasing a career-retrospective DVD in America, Doro is keeping busy with recording a new album and touring the world. I had the honor of talking with Doro Pesch about the new album and DVD, the loss of one of metal's greatest musicians, and how she got into music as a child. More...

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