Doro - Warrior Soul
Doro is Doro, and will probably always be Doro. Classic, straight and uncomplicated heavy metal is what we are being served here, and everything is accompanied by Doro's characteristic vocals which I think many with me have a love/hate relationship to rather than just having one single opinon. This is basic Doro as it at most times during her career has sounded, apart from a few slightly experimental albums.
Seen overall, there are no real highs or lows on this albums but instead a quite even level on the material. On the plus account they can cash in on the fact that the songs all have strong melodies that engage, no matter how subtle they sometimes are. The minus is that the focus lie on slower songs, ranging between more or less power ballads and slowtempo rock songs. This is nothing new with Doro, and mostly it is fair enough, but I think 6 songs out of 12 is too much. Doro simply fits better in the uptempo shape which this album's highlights You're My Family and Haunted Heart are perfect examples of. As a sharp contrast, the lowmarks Creep Into My Brain, Above The Ashes and Shine On leave a bitter aftertaste. (The punk joke (?) Ungebrochen I am not even going to mention).
Almost everything else in between pass my quality test even though it sometimes is dangerously close to fall over the cheesy edge. Saved by the melodies, as said, and Thunderspell and Strangers Yesterday also weigh up for it, but the momentum will never appear. There is also a significant difference in quality between the first (the best) and the second half of the album which makes it feel like it is going slowly downhills after just around 5 songs.
This is nothing that blows my mind but the lady is still going fairly strong. It is not by far her best effort but partially quite enjoyable and this shows that she still has it inside her. I hope for a more powerful outburst next time.