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Doro - Strong And Proud: 30 Years Of Rock And Metal DVD review

The metal queen celebrates, and is celebrated.

Doro Strong And Proud DVD cover

A triple disc DVD to mark Doro’s 30 years as a performer may seem to be a touch indulgent. But it turns out to be exhaustive and fun.

The first disc presents Doro in top form at the Wacken Open Air Festival, plus a night performing a career-spanning list of songs and classic metal covers in her home town of Düsseldorf, joined by the likes of Biff, Blaze Bayley and Udo Dirkschneider. The second is a documentary featuring the iron mistress metaphorically revealing herself (calm down there!), while the third disc offers extra live material.

What comes over throughout is Doro’s genuine excitement and delight in what she does. There’s an exuberance here that is totally effective and affecting. The spirit of metal is alive and kicking in the diminutive blonde, and you can appreciate just how much she appreciates it all.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.