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'Powerful Passionate Favourites'

John Oakley

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Doro's mega package, 'Powerful Passionate Favourites', is a beautifully packaged selection of rarities and covers from the Teutonic Temptress celebrating another of those massive birthdays with an anniversary tour timed for the release of this album.

So, provided to us for review were the following: 'It Still Hurts' is a collaboration with Mr Lemmy Kilminster and is haunting in the extreme, if perhaps suffering from a bit of bagginess in places. Some of Doro's latter day songs do suffer from this lack of craft on occasion.

For the French fanbase there is a version of 'Raise Your Fist', sung in French; unusual I guess but powerful all the same. A Germanic Doro singing in the language of love... ohh la la, it packs quite the punch!

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Doro has been singing Dio's 'Egypt' in her set for years and it's inclusion here is a tad unnecessary as you've probably already got it from the Dio Tribute. However, as a tune, it's quality Doro and the highlight of many a set.

'Babe I'm Going To Leave You' is quite not what you want to hear as a Doro fantasist, but her quiet soulful voice is beautiful before punching your lights out at the crescendo.


Where this collection comes into its own is the incredible, and inspired 'Nutbush City Limits', which with Doro's signature sound is powered up to the max. 'NYC Blues' is lovely and shows a different side to Doro's usual style and reminds me of the start of the classic Hill Street Police sitcom. Very soulful. 'Let's be careful out there' though!

This and the amazing cover of Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters' are the real highlights of the album. Doro is inspiring as a singer, her range, her passion, and her power gives her something that not many singers, male or female, in this industry have and that is the power of her longevity. I wish other female singers would take Doro's lead to actually sing, not scream or be the fairie operatic wallpaper backdrop in copycat 'everneswish' stylee.

So, all hail Doro, Queen of Metal. I'm sure many converts will be down the front of her London shows, myself included.

This is a great celebration of Doro's favourite tunes, her legendary status of the only female front lady to have played Monsters of Rock, and her 30 year longevity. Go and buy it and complete your collection!





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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