Dokken
Under Lock and Key


4.5
superb

Review

by Thrasher86 USER (5 Reviews)
October 16th, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's 1985 and Hair metal rings supreme through out America. And at the forefront is Dokken.

In a scene full of teased and feathered hair, and poseresk bands, there is one out of the crowd that shines so bright its hard to ignore. Thus we have Dokken. Quite possibly the best band to come out of the early 80s L.A. hair metal scene. Although most of the bands out of the L.A. scene seemed to try and out do one another to look more and more like girls than the other, but on the other hand Dokken had a bit of that image, but kept it to a more street level than most of their counterparts. Primarily because they were all in their 30s when this was recorded. What also separated them from the pack besides their age was the fact that they had excellent musicianship with guitarist George Lynch, who by some is considered one of the best guitarists ever, and influenced a generation of guitar players of the 80s just as much as Eddie Van Halen.

While most L.A. glam and hair bands were making bubble gummy pop music, Dokken had a slue of hard rockin’ songs under their belts to also make them stand out from the crowd. With songs such as Lightning Strikes Again, The Hunter, Unchain the Night, and Till the Livin’ End, which all have a hard rock kick ass edge to them. Unlike other bands from the genre such as Poison, and Motley Crue who were making more and more poppy sounding songs as the 80s went on.

Dokken’s only draw back is in the vocalist Don Dokken, although he does the hair band high pitched vocals pretty well, he can’t really do anything else, he is a limited vocalist which can get annoying, and may be a turn off to some listeners. Although his vocals may not be as over the top high pitched as some of the other bands within the 80s hair band scene it still can become annoying after awhile. But he does have his moments of strength, such as at the end of the song Lightning Strikes Again, when he belts out the chorus as high and loud as he could possibly could.

Dokken is possibly most noted for their third album Back for the Attack which is the album that follows this one, but in my mind this is their strongest release because of the fact that this album has better song structures that aren’t all about the guitar playing, less over the top vocals, and less amounts of clunkers. While the songs Jaded Heart and Will the Sun Rise maybe the weakest of the album its still hard to not find something that is enjoyable about these songs. While the lyrics maybe a bit cheesy (which is a turn off for me) you can still enjoy the fantastic solos all over the album. While Back for the Attack has George Lynch soloing all over the record, this one has more laid back solos that fit the song more which to me is better then just showing off your skills and trying to show how much of a guitar god you are. Some of the best examples of great guitar playing are shown on the songs Unchain the Night, In My Dreams, and Lightning Strikes Again, it seems that Lynch tried extra hard on these songs and it really shines through.

While the bass and drums are barely notable and are buried behind Lynch’s fantastic guitar playing, and Don Dokken’s vocals it is still solid none the less. Jeff Pilson is solid bass player but he is not at all notable in the mix of any albums. If you think Metallica’s mix for …And Justice for All is an insult to a bass player this is even worse. There are no traces of bass at all, which comes to no surprise hence it was the 80s and it seems most hair bands tried as hard as they could to bury their bass players in the mix. While “Wild” Mick Brown is a solid drummer its not really shown on this album, as all he does is your standard high hat snare combo, but it fit’s the song well which is what he is good at, and I applaud him for. It’s very often you find an amazing drummer.

All in all Under Lock and Key is Dokken’s best release to date because of the fact that there is stellar guitar playing, decent vocals (for hair metal), and some classic hard rocking songs. This is a must own for all Dokken fans, because of classic numbers Unchain the Night, The Hunter, In My Dreams, Lightning Strikes Again, and Till The Livin’ End. This is also a must own for all the fans of George Lynch. And this would also be a good pick up for someone who is just into 80s music or just hard rock in general. And please do not let my name fool you, although I am a thrash head I do enjoy some hair metal from time to time this album would be a prime example of great hair metal that scrapes the surface of hard rock of the 80s.


user ratings (78)
Chart.
3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
dannyboy89 (4.5)
Dokken's third album does not top it's predecessor, but comes close to equaling it....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Douchebag
October 16th 2009


3624 Comments


Good review, I still think when it comes to 80's hair metal, motley crue are the rulers.

Thrasher86
October 17th 2009


181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My personal favorite guitarist. His shit in Dokken and Lynch Mob is amazing. Even got to meet the dude, he's cool as hell.

JT2
June 27th 2011


94 Comments


LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN

LIGHTNIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGG


BigHans
June 27th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better UNCHAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN THE NIGHT

TheNotrap
August 10th 2011


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is my favourite Dokken album filled with classics like The Hunter, In My Dreams, It's Not Love and specially Unchain the Night.

George Lynch is a great guitar player.

Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

BigHans
August 10th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2011


20987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

George Lynch rules.

BigHans
August 23rd 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mr Scary

FrankRedHot
August 23rd 2011


6448 Comments


I thought I was getting nauseous because of the meds I'm taking, but now I realize it's because I keep seeing hair metal on Sputnik's front page.

TheNotrap
August 23rd 2011


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is good stuff

FrankRedHot
August 23rd 2011


6448 Comments


About as good as a rap album, huh?

TheNotrap
August 23rd 2011


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nop definitely better.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2011


20987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I swear Tooth & Nail used to have a review.

BigHans
October 3rd 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It did

METALFACE666
December 2nd 2011


172 Comments


TRUE METAL!!!!!!

Titan
July 11th 2013


5053 Comments


'Dokken
Under Lock and Key

4.5
superbReview by Thrasher86 USER (5 Reviews)
October 16th, 2009 | 15 replies | 5,127 views

Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist'


This was not released in 1986

TheNotrap
April 11th 2014


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Damn hair riffs

TheNotrap
April 11th 2014


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

NEVER UNCHAAAAAAAAINNNNN THE NIIGHT

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2014


19913 Comments


only song i've heard by these guys is 'It's Not Love'. Pretty good track

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Froot
August 14th 2014


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'M THE HUNTER

SEARCHING FOR LOVE

On these lonely streets

Again...

Digging: DMX - Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy