The debut full-length studio solo album by legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy Metal singer and her band.
In the 1980s, Warlock was among Germany's most exciting Heavy Metal bands, which is saying a lot when you consider that Germany also produced Accept and the Scorpions. After the success of Warlock’s album "Triumph And Agony", which gained Gold status in Germany and reached the top 100 chart in the USA, former Warlock vocalist Doro Pesch remained the only original member of the band. Some legal issues about the use of the name Warlock were raised by the former band manager, and Doro settled the dispute, renouncing to issue any new album with the band’s name, but using her name instead for any new releases. However, the first print of the LP was issued with a sticker on the cover near Doro’s name with "+ Warlock" written on and for some fans "Force Majeure" should still be considered as the last album by Warlock.
Just like "Triumph And Agony", the album was recorded in the USA and produced by Joey Balin. Bass player Tommy Henriksen, who was part of the last line-up of Warlock, plays in this album too. The line-up is completed by drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Scorpions, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult) and guitarist Jon Levin, whose name was incorrectly reported as Jon Devin on the album sleeve.
Trying to follow the positive American feedback of the previous Warlock album, the songs of "Force Majeure" are even more oriented to radio-friendly Glam Metal than to the European Power Metal of Doro’s earlier works and include for the first time a cover, Procol Harum’s famous "A Whiter Shade of Pale". It's also an album that Doro can be proud of; even though "Force Majeure" isn't quite in a class with Warlock's best releases, it is definitely a strong Pop-Metal/Hard Rock outing. Doro, who co-wrote most of the material with Joey Balin, is focused and assured throughout the album - she is as passionate on driving rockers like "Angels With Dirty Faces", "Under the Gun", and "Hellraiser" as she is on the haunting ballad "River of Tears". Equally strong is Doro's inspired cover "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
The album sold quite well in Europe but had a limited success in the USA, reaching only the top 200 chart.
While Doro is generally decent, "Force Majeure" is more than decent - it is excellent! In fact, "Force Majeure" is arguably her strongest and most essential solo album!!
Vertigo/Phonogram GmbH, Hamburg, 1989 (838 016-2). Made in Germany. Re-press.
1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum cover) 3:51
2. Save My Soul 3:52
3. World Gone Wild 3:44
4. Mission Of Mercy 4:03
5. Angels With Dirty Faces 4:01
6. Beyond The Trees 2:29
7. Hard Times 3:38
8. Hellraiser 4:54
9. I Am What I Am 2:39
10. Cry Wolf 4:48
11. Under The Gun 3:52
12. River Of Tears 3:57
13. Bis Aufs Blut 0:40
Total playing time: 46:28 min.