The Metal Queen is back and reigns supreme with a new 2 DVD set. The double disc set follows Doro Pesch as she performs a concert in her native Germany. The disc also features documentary-type footage and backstage antics. Aptly titled 20 Years: A Warrior Soul, the set includes six hours of footage separated into three sections: “Warrior Soul: On the Road,” "20 Years Anniversary: The Movie,” and “20 Years Anniversary: The Concert.”
The movie segment was an actual German theatrical release. This film gives fans an inside look into the life and culture that is Doro and her band. This portion of the disc includes celebrity interviews from some of music’s most legendary performers. Interviews include Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Tom Angelripper (Sodom), as well as many members of Doro’s original band Warlock.
Tracks on the album include “Always Live to Win,” “Fall For Me Again,” “Love Me in Black,” and “All We Are.” Interesting covers include the Billy Idol hit “White Wedding,” and Judas Priest's "You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.” For the latter track, many members of Saxon join Doro on stage.
The portion of the DVD set that chronicles the 2006 Warrior Soul European Tour relies heavily on subtitles, as Doro sings many tracks in German. Much of the narrative is also in German, including behind-the-scenes footage such as stage preparations and fan meet-and-greets. This segment of the disc is about 90 minutes long and includes the tracks “True As Steel,” “Strangers Yesterday,” and “Above The Ashes.”
Doro herself is absolutely beautiful on stage and her band is phenomenal. The band includes bassist Nick Douglas, guitarist Joe Taylor, drummer Johnny Dee, and keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai. If the name Johnny Dee sounds familiar, that’s because he was the drummer in Glam band Britny Fox. All the musicians put on a great stage show and really move to get the crowd motivated into a true Metal frenzy.
From a production standpoint, the audio quality is top notch and the layout of the DVD set makes perfect sense. The disc does not include extras per se, but that is probably because the concert footage is so extensive; there really isn’t much to add. With hours and hours of coverage, 20 Years: A Warrior Soul is enough to satisfy the appetite of the most Metal-hungry headbanger.
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