German metal queen Doro Pesch has set “Raise Your Fist” as the title of her new album, due in the fall via Nuclear Blast Records. An EP, “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, will precede the full-length effort on August 3.
“Raise Your Fist” was recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Doro says, “Right now we’re in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Most important to me are the power hymns ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ and ‘Victory’, which will also be available on the forthcoming EP! Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake! ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting. For the diehard fans of German songs like ‘Für Immer’ [‘Forever’], there are two songs in the same vein — sensitive and quite dark ‘Human Rights’ and the very emotional ‘Engel’ [‘Angel’]. There are also a lot of fast songs like ‘Little Headbanger’ and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND) on ‘Last Man Standing’ which fans will for sure dig live. We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called ‘Hero’ and another highlight named ‘It Still Hurts’ featuring MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy Kilmister. The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book Of World Records for his ‘Triumph And Agony’ cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he’s done ten covers for us!”
The “Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP will be made available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP track listing:
01. Raise Your Fist In The Air
04. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel
In a 2011 interview with Canada’s XplosiveMetal.com, Pesch spoke about the song “Raise Your Fist In The Air” which she played for the first time at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. “”It got great feedback [from the Wacken audience]. . . . It was originally written by a Wacken fan, a metalhead, and then I did my own thing to it. It was actually a diehard Wacken fan who did a demo and sent it to the promoter. He sent it to me and said, ‘Hey, how about we make a Wacken anthem and here’s an idea from a diehard Wacken fan.’ I listened to it and thought, ‘Hey, that’s great.’ Then we worked on it and continued working on it. Just to tell you how that song came about, it was a collaboration with a diehard fan and it was actually really good. Sometimes the fans have the best ideas. It was so dead-on.”
Fan-filmed video footage of Doro performing the song “Raise Your Fist In The Air” on October 1, 2011 at the Milk club in Moscow, Russia and October 22, 2011 at the Metal Female Voices Fest IX, held at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium, can be seen below.
During a 2011 interview with Metal Kaoz, Pesch was asked about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for her next studio album. “I think we have completed 80 percent of the new record and there are some great songs coming up,” she replied. “Actually, one song is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and the working title is ‘Hero’. That’s a very special song. I was a big Dio fan and I know that there are so many fans out there are missing him so much, so definitely this song will be on the new record. Also they will be some speed metal songs, some anthems songs and, of course, some power ballads.”
In conjunction with the Stateside release of the mammoth “25 Years In Rock” 2 DVD/CD set, Doro performed two special shows in New York City on September 9, 2011 and Chicago on September 11, 2011. Both nights included clips from the DVD, limited edition merchandise and an autograph session followed by a performance by the metal queen herself.
Released in Europe in 2010 (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic “25 Years In Rock” two-DVD/CD set includes Doro‘s 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as clips from her 2,500th concert and so much more.
“Fear No Evil”, the latest album from Pesch, was made available in North America in June 2009 via AFM/Dismanic/Ryko Distribution.
“Raise Your Fist” album cover:
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP vinyl cover:
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP CD cover:
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” (song) performance footage (October 1, 2011 at the Milk club in Moscow, Russia):
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” (song) performance footage (October 22, 2011 at the Metal Female Voices Fest IX, held at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium):