Doro Pesch - 'Raise Your Fist'

 


THE BAND:
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


TRACK FRAGMENTS:

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!!!!