Düsseldorf, Germany’s Warlock stopped L.A.’s traffic with their anthemic “All We Are” video

By on March 15, 2018

Night Flight’s “Take Off to New Metal” — which originally aired on March 25, 1988 — features the anthemic “All We Are” video by Düsseldorf, Germany’s Warlock, led by blonde-tressed metal priestress Doro Pesch.

Watch it now on Night Flight Plus!

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The video featured the members of Warlock stopping on a busy L.A. freeway, hauling out giant amplifiers and putting on an impromptu concert atop their tour bus for all of the commuters trapped in their cars.

The concept had originated with the video’s director, Canadian-born Mark Rezyka, who would direct more than three hundred music videos for major artists — including Quiet Riot, Heart, Cinderella, Pat Travers, and many, many others — during the ’80s and ’90s.

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Warlock weren’t given permits to stop L.A. traffic and rock out on the tops of hundreds of cars, obviously, because you can get yourself arrested for pulling a crappy stunt like that.

Instead, Rezyka re-created the look of an L.A. freeway in the city’s river basin, which may look familiar to some of you because the concrete flood channel has been seen in countless movies, including Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Repo Man, Point Break, Chinatown, Grease and literally hundreds more.

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The video for Warlock’s “All We Are” — their fourth overall single and first released from the band’s fourth album, Triumph and Agony — proved to be a huge hit after it was added to heavy rotation on MTV’s heavy metal showcase “Headbanger’s Ball.”

In the following year, Warlock would end up embarking on a very successful North American tour, opening for Megadeth and Sanctuary, and they would also tour Europe as a supporting act for Dio.

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Doro told Greg Prato of the Songfacts blog that she’d wanted “All We Are” to be an anthem:

“I’m a big anthem lover. We did a couple of anthems like ‘True as Steel and ‘Burning the Witches,’ and I wanted to write a positive song where everybody joins in.”

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Read more about Doro and Warlock below.

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Dorothee Pesch always knew she was going to be a singer from the age of three.

By the time she was a teenager, Doro — she prefers a diminutive of her first name, a hypocorism which endears her to her global legion of metal fans — was also pursuing work as a graphic designer.

Many of her biographies also claim she’s worked as a model, which is easy enough to believe, given her natural beauty and flowing blonde hair.

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At 16, when she fell ill with tuberculosis and spent a few weeks recovering in a hospital bed, she told herself that she she was going to shift her focus to music and start her own band, which she did just two weeks later.

Three years later — age 19, now fronting a band called Snakebite — Doro decided to join up with four members — guitarists Rudy Graf and Peter Szigeti, bass player Frank Rittel and drummer Michael “Micha” Eurich — from a more promising Düsseldorf metal band.

In January of 1983 they re-christened themselves Warlock.

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Their new manager, Peter Zimmermann, helped them build a solid reputation in the local underground metal scene in Germany.

Warlock’s four-track demo tape and live shows soon began drawing attention from a spate of German indie labels, and they ended up signing to the small Belgian-based Mausoleum Records, releasing their first album, Burning the Witches, in early 1984.

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After their first European tour, Warlock signed with Vertigo, an imprint distributed across Europe by Phonogram.

They went back into the studio — this time with producer Henry Staroste — for their sophomore album, Hellbound, released in May 1985.

Later that year, the readers of Kerrang! named them the “Best New Band’ of 1985.”

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The first of what proved to be several lineup changes then came when Rudy Graf was replaced by ex-Stormwitch guitarist Niko Arvanitis, just prior to Warlock recording their third album, True as Steel, which arrived in 1986.

By now Warlock were touring with bands like W.A.S.P., Judas Priest and Motörhead, and Doro was well on her way to becoming the first woman to front a globally successful metal band.

In the summer of ’86, they were one of the support acts at the annual “Monsters of Rock” festival at Castle Donington, England, playing on a bill with Ozzy Osbourne, the Scorpions, Def Leppard and Motörhead.

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Doro — who had come to America for a three-day promotional tour — ended up falling in love with New York City, and decided to re-locate there.

Warlock’s Peter Szigeti and Frank Rittel — who decided to stay behind in Germany — were replaced with two New Yorkers, Tommy Bolan (guitar) and Tommy Henricksen (bass).

Doro found them a new manager for America, Alex Grob, who shared management duties with Zimmerman, who focused on promoting them overseas.

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They also found a new producer, Joey Balin, who produced what would turn out to be their strongest, best-selling album to date, Triumph and Agony, debuting on September 5, 1987.

The album — which charted at #80 on the Billboard 200 — would go on to eventually sell some five million copies.

It would be Warlock’s last album, as Doro’s band mates all decided to pursue other projects.

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At the end of 1988, European manager Peter Zimmermann sued Doro for rights to Warlock’s name for use on merchandise, and won the case in court, which meant that Doro would use her own name thereafter.

Watch this episode of Night Flight’s “Take Off to New Metal” from 1988 — featuring videos by Megadeth, Ezo, Zodiac Mindwarp and more, and also featuring our Def Leppard Video Profile — over on Night Flight Plus!

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.