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On disc: Warlock



- Burning The Witches - Eamon O'Connor - 8 stars
- Hellbound - Eamon O'Connor - 7 stars
- True As Steel - Eamon O'Connor - 6 stars
- Triumph And Agony - Eamon O'Connor - 8 stars









Triumph And Agony

Triumph And Agony
(Phonogram - 1987)


Oh yes, the crown of Warlock, undoubtedly the most successful and loved album. With good reason too, much better than True As Steel the metal element replaces the hard rock on cuts as 3 Minute Warning, Touch Of Evil. The vocals are great, the axe attack is again masterful. The commercial element is here too, the album sounds well produced and who could forget the single All We Are also still shown on VH1 Classic in the US today too. All the best elements of Warlock are here and a great way to end the Warlock name. All the songs do however follow the standard vein verse / chrous / verse / chrous / solo / chrous / outro, but god damn it is top class metal / rock. A beautiful album art only adds to this piece. Did not like the ballad at all, other wise great album.


8 stars

Eamon O'Connor
 

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True As Steel

True As Steel
(Phonogram - 1986)


Well, this was not a favourite of mine. This sounds rather too commercial and borders more on the hard rock side of metal, while far more ballsy than any LA glam band, it just to me did not have that punch. The video for Fight For The Rock is still seen on VH 1 Classic today in the USA. This you could say leans more to Accept's Russian Roulette. The songs have hooks though and Doro's vocals are killer, still it seems a bit weak and harried. Stand out tunes are Mr Gold and Speed Of Sound.


6 stars

Eamon O'Connor
 

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Hellbound

Hellbound
(Phonogram - 1985)


The album cover is a great metal shot all foggy and Doro looks mighty cute here too, but to the music not much change a little more polished better produced. Anthemic German hard rock / metal at it's best. Compare this one to anything - say Sinner or Tyran Pace may have done in 1984/ 85 or maybe a little German Steeler with Axel Rudi Pell and this will give a good idea how this record sounds. There is a mega tight catchy tune here All Night and you can just picture all the crazy maniacs in action on this one. Other standouts include Shout It Out and the killer title song. Full on metal guitar harmonies and heavy solos and a great rythym section once again make album #2 a fine follow up.


7 stars

Eamon O'Connor
 

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Burning The Witches

Burning The Witches
(Mausoleum Rec. - 1984)


Who could deny all the great female singers of the 80's? All if not most were at one point influenced or at least inspired by Doro, to go out and rage.The fact that she is a blonde sexy beauty is irrelevant here, because the most important thing she has is her metal spirit and leather lungs from hell. While Doro obviously overshadowed her band Warlock one must never ignore the great players she has selected over the years for both Warlock and her solo works. The case with Warlock album 1 is just that fine 80's heavy metal to the max shrilling axwork pounding, drums of thunder and her vocal wrath. I would say I like this album the best with Triumph & Agony. This has a raw appeal and is just most metal sounding Warlock album - to my ears at least. The opener Sign Of Satan is a killer, Judas Priest influenced one while other cuts like Homicide Rocker and a very Accept-like After The Bomb. The title track is a classic in my books and will surely have you banging. Fine debut.


8 stars

Eamon O'Connor
 

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