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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

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, 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. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. 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. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.