“Raise Your Fist In The Air”, the new video from German metal queen Doro Pesch can be seen below. The song comes off the singer’s new EP, “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, which was released on August 3. A full-length album, “Raise Your Fist”, will follow on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Pesch loves New York, which she considers her second home. However, when the rock lady from Düsseldorf, Germany recalls the “Raise Your First” video shoot, she still gets an uneasy feeling. That’s because the filming didn’t take place on Broadway or in Times Square, but far away from the American glitter world, in the dark corners of the Bronx.
Comments Doro: “For Manhattan we would have needed permissions to film for each and every street corner — in the Bronx, nobody cares.” At least no police officers, that is. The activities of Doro and her bandmates didn’t remain unobserved, of course. “We purposely trudged around the most rundown quarters in our video truck,” she says. “The gangs that hung around there were watching every step of ours very, very suspiciously. We felt anything but safe. At times we were downright besieged by dark shapes.”
She adds, “I explained to the guys who we were and that ‘Raise Your Fist…’ can be considered quite a critical song that names and shames the constantly growing injustice in the world.” And when the singer offered the gang members and homeless people an opportunity to appear in the video, the subliminal aggression quickly turned into sheer enthusiasm.
“That was the best we could have done,” Doro explains. “The video came out absolutely great. And the parts with the people from the Bronx are the ones I like most.” She jokingly adds, “And it was also way better for our health.”
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP track listing:
01. Raise Your Fist In The Air
04. Lève Ton Poing Vers Le Ciel (French version of “Raise Your Fist In The Air”)
Adds Doro: “Everyone who likes the EP will sure be delighted by the album with its 13 to 14 songs as well. I’ve put all my passion, blood, sweat and tears into my first record for Nuclear Blast.”
“Raise Your Fist” was recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Doro says, “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!”
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.”
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP vinyl cover:
“Raise Your Fist In The Air” EP CD cover:
“Raise Your Fist” album cover: