Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Doro/ Sister Sin/ A Sound of Thunder @ Empire 2-3-2013

Went to see Doro/Sister Sin/ A Sound of Thunder on Superbowl Sunday. I met up with Dave and his friend before hand and chilled a bit. Headed over to Empire and did something I've not done in ages- wait in line for the doors to open. They were holding a superbowl party in the Alchemy room also, so we saw many purple clad people.

Crowd was about 100-150 (If you include the bands) at the high point (which I think was during Sister Sin's set. Doro had a lot of merch, shirts, stickers, the new CD ($15), some DVD.CD retrospective, hats (no patches, as we heard some detailed explanation by the merch person).
Sister Sin had CDs, patches, shirts. ASOT had their new EP, CDs, patches, stickers, shirts. whew. I picked up my CD/Vinyl!

A Sound of Thunder came on kind of abruptly around 7:37, and threw the crowd off of the Queen of Hell chant! Oh well. They played an interesting set, with all tracks from their new EP, a new song ('My Disease' ), AND their psychedelic Hawkwind tribute. I particularly enjoyed their Black Sabbath cover (there was a guy with a 'Born Again' shirt on at the show, also!!). They sounded solid, and in particular I noticed more of the rhythm section excelling. Maybe it was cause I stood closer and on the Bass side? In any event, I would have liked to hear an older song, but performance wise I can't complain. They certainly started the night out right!

Sister Sin was on next, and I was very pumped to see them. They seemed to bring more energy, and I think some purple clad people roved over at this point, and their drunken antics added to the energy/rowdyness. I think that Sister Sin's particular brand of AC/DC / Accept straight ahead hard rockin' metal was way easier to digest than ASOT's (generally)  more complex songs. They brought headbanging and fist pumping in spades. I was pleased to hear 'On Parole,' among other songs. I can't believe I could not recognize one song, since I am familiar with all their albums! Liv sounded a bit muffled, but other than that they were sonically solid. Great set, minus the kinda meh Motorhead cover.

At this point, I observe the crowd and get some merch. Got the Doro CD, and Sister Sin to sign their new album's booklet (I got the other 2 signed last time, so why not make it 3/3 ?). The crowd had a small group of about 8 Germans (one decked out spiked gauntlets, hand guards, shin guards, bullet belt, battle vest, studded belt, and a buncha metal bling), a Doro super fan with Doro and Warlock patches all over his denim jacket (I think he said he came down from PA), the Blackguard gang we saw at a buncha shows, and Ravens jersey clad fans.

Doro came on a little after posted time and immediately started in high gear with a blistering 'I Rule the Ruins!' Then she dug into some songs I was not familiar with, but they sounded very good. And then I noticed by the third song in, a euphoric grin was plastered on her face the ENTIRE set. She was gracious in thanking the crowd MULTIPLE times, and basically giving her all. I felt that she was super pumped about performing and her fans. So positive, I have gotten the same energy only from a few other performers (Sabaton, VNV Nation, Rain from While Heaven Wept, and a few others). We raised our fists in the air, banged out heads, and sang along, it was a great time. As a testament to how much positive energy was there, I actually thought the Drum solo was NOT THAT BAD. He even had a 'I Love it Loud' sing along part during it.

 To keep with the cover theme, even Doro played a cover song (an acoustic then electric version of 'Breaking the Law' \m/). I was pleasantly surprised by the number of songs from the one Warlock album I am familiar with (Triumph and Agony- 5 songs!), but even the songs I didn't know, I want to get more Doro! The Metal Queen had me simply enthralled. her vox were buried a little in the first few songs and there was a bit of um Engrishy/accent deciphering going on, but they got clearer as it went on. Particularly noteworthy was the 'Hero' song, dedicated to Dio. I think more than a few people teared up, even Doro herself, who sniffled praises to RJD at the end of the song. Truly moving

Overall, I had kinda lower expectations (not a huge Doro fan), but I came out with the perspective that 2013 shows are fully started, with a vengeance now! Totally recommended. A solid night of female front metal (that is not cliched!).

A Sound of Thunder
Sister Sin!
Sister Sin II
Doro I
Doro II
Doro III
Doro IV


A Sound of Thunder (7:37- 8:10)
  • Queen of Hell
  • My Disease
  • Out of the Darkness
  • Reign of the Hawklords
  • Hello Nurse
  • A Sound of Thunder
  • Trashed (Black Sabbath cover)
Sister Sin (8:44- 9:15ish)
  • End Of The Line
  • Fight Song
  • One out of Ten
  • 24/7(U.D.O. cover)
  • Outrage
  • Chosen Few
  • On Parole
  • Love/Hate
  • (Unknown)
  • Sound of the Underground
  • Rock 'n' Roll (Motorhead cover)
Doro (10:11- 11:45)

  • I Rule the Ruins
  • Burning the Witches
  • Fight For Rock
  • Running From the Devil
  • True as Steel
  • Raise Your Fist in the Air
  • Metal Racer
  • East Meets West
  • Earthshaker Rock (with Drum solo in the middle)
  • Für Immer
  • Hero
  • Revenge
  • Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover)
  • All We Are
  • Unholy Love
  • Metal Tango
  • Hellbound
  • Love Me in Black