The long-awaited new studio album from German metal queen Doro Pesch will be released on August 17 via Nuclear Blast.
Doro‘s 20th LP, “Forever Warriors, Forever United” will be a huge milestone as her first-ever double album, so fans can expect 24 brand new songs, including some stunning surprises.
On “Forever Warriors”, Doro channels her inner wild warrior, with tracks like “Bastardos” and the first single “All For Metal” (to be released on June 8) affirming this. Her duet with AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg, “If I Can’t Have You…” , is sure to bring any metalhead to his or her knees. This is Doro like you’ve never heard her before!
“Forever United” takes a more sentimental turn, with lyrical topics covering friendship, love and companionship. Highlights include Doro‘s tribute to the late and great Lemmy.
“We’ve been touring a lot during the last years. We collected a lot of impressions and got to meet many amazing people. That inspired me enormously,” explains Doro. “The songs and ideas simply bubble out of me. That process didn’t even end while being in the studio. We had 50 song ideas in the beginning which turned into 14 concrete album tracks. Suddenly we had 20 songs, and, in the end, it was even 24. I also wanted to record ‘Caruso’ in the last recording week.”
With “Forever Warriors, Forever United”, Doro presents two new records, featuring 19 regular tracks and six bonus songs.
This unique songwriting marathon was based on “Living Life To The Fullest” back in January 2016. Says Doro: “I was flying to Lemmy‘s funeral when the track’s melody and lyrics suddenly came to mind. Lemmy was always very important to me. Everything went quickly from this point. As soon as a song was constructed, I headed to the studio — between all those shows and tours — to capture the freshness and live energy of the new tracks.”
The result is 25 songs in the form of two fantastic albums, showcasing all of Doro‘s wonderful and varied facets. “Forever Warriors, Forever United” is another huge chapter added to her long history.
The album cover artwork was once again created by Doro‘s favorite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie. It portrays Doro in the middle of a swarm of wild metal heads exuding attitude, power and positive vibes.
“The cover and the title form a perfect unit,” Doro explains, “Just as it should be. It all fits perfectly in line with the songs, which also deal with some political themes.”
Doro continues: “On ‘Forever Warriors, Forever United’, there will be a lot of big rock heroes. Fans might be curious about the many awesome guest musicians involved. There are some big anthems on both albums, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The records are supposed to give you power and thus contain a lot of energy.”
The first single, “All For Metal”, features several metal heroes, who can also be seen in the upcoming music video, which will be released on June 8. “It’s a great anthem — I think it could even top [WARLOCK‘s classic track] ‘All We Are’ — and everybody’s singing on it,” Doro said. “And this could be really, really good. It’s hooky like hell.”
Guitarist Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, THE DEAD DAISIES) and former WARLOCK guitarist Tommy Bolan, who also contributed to the highly acclaimed LP “Triumph & Agony” in 1987, will be part of the new album.
In the usual Doro tradition, there will also be another German-language song on the album — a midtempo track tackling the topic of a deep friendship, just as in “Für Immer”.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s “Raise Your Fist” will be the German singer’s first release since 2016’s “Love’s Gone To Hell” single.
Last year, Pesch celebrated the 30th anniversary of WARLOCK‘s “Triumph And Agony” album by performing the LP in its entirety at select shows around the globe.
Doro was joined on the “Triumph And Agony” 30th-anniversary tour by Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta.