Doro Pesch - 'Raise Your Fist'
Doro Pesch – vocals
Bas Maas – guitars, backing vocals
Luca Princiotta – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Nick Douglas – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Johnny Dee – drums, percussion, backing vocals
1.) "Raise Your Fist In The Air" - Johnny opens with intro with a snare crack. Over the top of the entire short intro section there is a minor lead guitar solo. The rhythm guitar riffs of the musical verse had a very simple feel to it. For me what gave the musical verse it's hook was Johnny's bass drum pattern. There is a small rhythm guitar riff change connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Doro sings a lyric line over this musical riff connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a small echo attached this lyric line. There was a backing harmony connecting each lyric line of the musical chorus. The backing harmonies had a demonic sound to them. The hook of the chorus was amazing! There is a major lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the chorus. After the third chorus there is a second lead guitar solo. This solo could just as easily by the major lead guitar solo as the one before it. The fourth chorus consisted of a breakdown section.
2.) "Coldhearted Lover " -This intro consisted of a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of Johnny playing a bass drum kick and quarter-note floor toms. Doro sings a vocal accent and vocal line to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The musical arrangement underneath Doro's vocals of the musical verse mainly consisted of a bass drum kick and bass line. The rhythm guitar doesn't kick-in until the musical chorus. There is a small echo attached to the end of each lyric line of the musical chorus. Over the top of the rhythm guitar of the second verse there is a minor lead guitar solo rhythm. At times the rhythm guitar reminded me of another song however at the moment I cannot place it. There was a short breakdown connecting the second and third chorus. There was no major lead guitar solo for this track.
3.) "Rock Till Death" -This track opens with a lead vocal line. For the drum line of the intro Johnny played a double bass drum pattern. There are several lead guitar licks over the top of the intro arrangement. Though Johnny switched to a single bass drum rhythm for the musical verse the way he played it gave it a very intense feel and became the driving force of the song. This is probably because the guitar arrangement was just fill-in chords. There is a minor lead guitar riff connecting the fifth & sixth lyric lines. To connect the first chorus the second verse the band switches back to playing the intro arrangement. There is a minor solo underneath the lead vocal lines of the second chorus. The major solo connects the second chorus with the breakdown section.
4.) "It Still Hurts" -featuring LemmyKilmister (Moterhead) - This is an amazing ballad!!!!! For those out there who think Lemmy can't sing needs to listen to this song!
5.) "Take No Prisoner" - This track was very basic and consisted of no lead guitar solo.
6.) "Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing)" featuring Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) - This track consisted of a vocal harmony over the top of the musical intro. The musical pre-verse consisted of a bass line and tom-tom rhythm. The rhythm guitar does not kick-in until the musical verse. There are two separate rhythm guitar arrangements connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There is a small breakdown section connecting the second and third chorus. There is a major lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
7.) "Engel" -Doro sings this ballad in German.
8.) "Freiheit (Human Rights)" -This intro consisted of Johnny Dee playing a percussion rhythm underneath a few Doro vocal accents. In between Doro's vocals and the percussion section there is a small rhythm guitar riff. After the pre-verse there is a minor lead guitar solo. Doro sings the vocals in German. This is the first track on the release where you can hear Nick's keyboard arrangement.
9.) "Little Headbanger (Nackenbrecher)" - All in all this track is fairly basic and straight forward.
10.) "Revenge" - This intro opens with a classic eighties rhythm guitar arrangement. Over the top of the intro Doro sings three lyric lines. after the third one a second rhythm guitar kicks-in. underneath this section Johnny plays several tom-tom fills. Johnny kicks the main body of the intro in with a very intense double bass drum rhythm. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. Johnny continued the double-bass drum rhythm for the musical verse however there was a rhythm guitar rhythm change. The band used the same rhythm for the chorus as the one for the musical verse. After the second chorus there is a small breakdown section. This breakdown section lead to the lead guitar solo.
11.) "Free My Heart" -This is an amazing ballad!
12.) "Victory " -One of Doro's best songs to date!!!!
13.) "Hero" - Another amazing ballad b the heavy metal godess!!!!