Doro

Doro

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Best known for her years as lead vocalist for Warlock, Doro Pesch left that West German gothic metal outfit in the late '80s to pursue a solo career. While Warlock (a band lyrically along the lines of Iron Maiden, Grim Reaper and Helloween) embraced fantasy-oriented gothic themes, Doro's solo albums took a slicker, more commercial arena rock approach and pretty much avoided references to witches, demons or evil spirits. Doro, the rough-voiced singer's second solo project, isn't in a class with Warlock's albums, but the material is generally decent and satisfying. Doro brings plenty of spirit to hard rock that ranges from the ominous "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and the frenzied "Broken" to the power ballad "Rare Diamond" and an inspired cover of the Electric Prunes '60s psychedelic classic "I Had Too Much to Dream." Despite the fact that Gene Simmons of Kiss served as executive producer, this CD wasn't a big hit. Doro's solo career, for whatever reason, never took off -- and with the rise of alternative rock a few years later, this type of corporate rock would be out of vogue.

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