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Classic Album Review: Doro | Calling the Wild

The German metal queen makes another bid for North American stardom.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


To metalheads — espcially those with European tastes — Doro doesn’t need a last name any more than Ozzy or Lemmy. But just so we’re all on the same page here, it’s Pesch. You might remember the German metal queen from her previous band, the ’80s hair metal outfit Warlock. Or not.

In any case, Doro makes another bid to resurrect her North American career with Calling the Wild. It’s her ninth solo album, give or take. But it doesn’t seem Doro has changed her tune much. This is a fairly typical slate of guitar-driven old-school metal, starring the blond bombshell’s raspy-throated exhortations not to mess with her. Only the cover tunes — a chugging version of Billy Idol’s White Wedding and power-ballad renditions of Motörhead’s Love Me Forever and Alone Again — and the guest list (Lemmy, natch, along with Slash and Kiss sidemen Bob Kulick and Eric Singer) make Calling the Wild worth recalling.