DORO – Triumph and Agony Live

DORO - Triumph and Agony Live
  • 8/10
    DORO - Triumph and Agony Live - 8/10


Metalville/Rare Diamonds Productions
Release date: September 24, 2021

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10.0:         Cannot be improved! Perfect, instant classic! Essential in any record collection.
9.5 – 9.9:  Fantastic, spectacular and outstanding!
9.0 – 9.4:  Amazing release! It just lacks that little extra spice to make it perfect.
8.5 – 8.9:  Exceptional release! Will likely rank among top ten albums of the year.
8.0 – 8.4:  Great release! It has many different qualities.
7.5 – 7.9:  Above average! It is an enjoyable release.
7.0 – 7.4:  It is not brilliant, but has many strong points.
6.0 – 6.9:  It has its moments, but is not that strong.
5.0 – 5.9:  Slightly above average, does not stand out. Good outweighs bad by just a little.
4.0 – 4.9:  Just below average, bad outweighs good by just a little.
3.0 – 3.9:  Mediocre. There might be a song or a performance that is enjoyable, but that is it.
2.0 – 2.9:  Very weak! There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, too many flaws.
1.0 – 1.9:  This release gives the word “terrible” new meaning.
0.1 – 0.9:  Awful! Avoid at all cost. There is nothing good to say about this release.


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The Backstory:

On September 29, 1987, German Power Metal act Warlock released their fourth (and technically final) studio album Triumph and Agony. Fronted by the incomparable Doro Pesch, the album reached gold status in Germany and landed the #80 spot in the U.S. Top 200. After its release Warlock supported Dio in Europe and Megadeth in the U.S. Triumph and Agony was set to break Warlock in the United States, but things got complicated, as they so did with the music business, management, and band members in the ’80s. However, the songs and the album lived on as Doro Pesch toured relentlessly over the next 3 decades.

In 2017 Doro hit the road with Triumph and Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Warlock’s landmark album. One of the tour stops along the way was at the Sweden Rock Fest. To usher in the 35th anniversary of Triumph and Agony, Doro is releasing Triumph and Agony Live. The performance comes in different configurations including CD, Vinyl, and Blu-ray. The Blu-ray contains the entire performance at Sweden Rock Fest, plus a 90 minute documentary.

[Listen to our Doro Pesch interview HERE]

The Album:

Doro has never released a live album that wasn’t high quality. Triuphy and Agony Live is no different. Doro and her backing band make the songs seem effortless. The tracklisting is mixed up from the original recording to keep a better flow. The crowd eats up every song. There’s more power and energy to Doro set list staples such as “All We Are,” “Für Immer,” “I Rule the Ruins,” and “East Meets West.” What sets Triumph and Agony Live apart from your standard live album release are the different configurations available. You can have a little bit of Doro, or so much Doro your head will explode.

The Verdict:

Live albums can be hit or miss, but Triumph and Agony is a home run. It’s clear in her performances and her interviews that Doro still loves playing Heavy Metal 40+ years down the road. For Doro, it’s till gig one. She’s excited, dedicated, and above it all she’s a fan herself. Doro could have done a quick CD release and done, but she went the extra mile with different versions to please all types of fans.


  1. Legacy (Intro)
  2. Touch of Evil
  3. I Rule The Ruins
  4. East Meets West
  5. Three Minute Warning
  6. Kiss of Death
  7. Für Immer
  8. Cold, Cold World
  9. Make Time For Love
  10. Metal Tango
  11. All We Are
Photo by Marko Syrjala


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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