Album: Love’s Gone to Hell (EP)
Release Date: April 1st, 2016
Label: Nuclear Blast
Doro Pesch is like an unshakable rock that sits at the crossroads of metal paths; no matter how the seasons change and times come to pass, she is there in all her glory, standing her ground and holding high the flame of heavy metal.
Let us be objective; her previous effort, 2012’s Raise Your Fist was somewhat “meh”, falling short of expectations. Love’s Gone to Hell is the new single, featuring a few different versions of the same song and some other goodies. We will come to those. First, how fares the new song? To be truthful, “meh” is still the powerful emotion here. Doro’s crispy, edgy and yet soothing voice is great but two things are wrong with this song. The first thing that disturbed me was how “dull” the piece sounded. The song feels barren with its empty chord progressions going on and on and Doro Pesch’s emotionless performance (not the voice, the performance, mind you) hold back the song. The potential is there but the song feels as if they over-simplified things while trying to create something groovy. If you think her performance is good, please check her live Wacken videos or something to get a real feeling of how to measure the standard of “good” for Doro.
In addition to the single we have It Still Hurts from the 2012 album Raise Your Fist, featuring the late Lemmy (may his soul rest in peace) as a guest. I have to re-check my Raise Your Fist CD but I could not hear any difference so I am guessing they probably included the track in Lemmy’s memory. Another one is Rock Till Death’s live version with Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian on vocals near to Doro. Third goodie is the live version of Save My Soul from the 1989 Force Majeure album and, to be truthful, the shining star of this EP, closely followed by Rock Till Death.
All in all, a good effort from a rock legend but it does leave some rather large room for improvement. Well, let us hope the 51 years old rocker Doro continues working on new stuff and has a long career ahead. I believe we can still hear another “All We Are” from her. After all, she still rocks on stage as well.
7/10 (6/10 if it wasn’t for the goodies)
Doro Pesch – Vocals
Johnny Dee – Drums
Luca Princiotta – Guitar, Keyboards
Nick Douglas – Bass
Bas Maas – Guitars
Harrison Young – Keyboards