Dokken
Back for the Attack


4.0
excellent

Review

by mandan USER (31 Reviews)
March 11th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dokken goes out with a BANG!!! A fitting end to their Golden Years.

Dokken: The Golden Years

Part IV of IV: Back for the Attack


If there was one problem Dokken had during their years as one of the most impeccable glam metal acts of the 1980's, it was the fact that they could not top themselves: they could only near-equal themselves. After having been a leading act all this time, one could not help but sense that the band's glory days where not eternal. The issues between guitarist Lynch and frontman Dokken were gradually tearing the band apart.

Nevertheless, the band still had one more quality record to release before they would fade into obscurity (and, later on, would go on recording, without ever truly recovering their past glory): 1987's Back for the Attack. This fourth LP certainly shows Dokken as a band with inner struggles: the music sounds nowhere as fresh, the vocals and the guitars seem to be fighting for attention, etc. This doesn't stop the album from being great, but it does pretty much give the idea that the band has little chance of making a fifth album in line with the previous ones.


At this time, the band's lineup is:

Don Dokken: Vocals
George Lynch: Guitars
Jeff Pilson: Bass
"Wild" Mick Brown: Drums


One of the most interesting tracks on the album is Mr. Scary, an instrumental which serves to show off Lynch's skills on guitar once more. There's also Kiss of Death which features a memorable chorus and nice riffs. You also have [b] Burning Like a Flame[b] which is a bit cheesy, even for Dokken standards, yet is a passable song overall.

But the single leading song on the album is Dream Warriors. It starts off with a nice guitar rythm that leads into a rockin' riff. Don Dokken performs well, and Lynch does yet another fine solo here. The lyrics deserve a quote, being among the band's most interesting ones:

I lie awake
And dread the lonely nights
I'm not alone
I wonder if these heavy eyes
Can face the unknown
When I close my eyes I realize
You'll come my way
I'm standing in the night alone


Nevertheless, the album has its flaws. As mentioned earlier, the tensions in the band seem to strain the music's quality. It doesn't help that the band is getting a bit formulaic at this time. Make no mistake, this album is worth a listen, and makes a fine closure to the band's golden years. But one can't help but foresee the impending disaster. The band was relying a bit too often on the lead vocals/lead guitars formula, thus becoming rather predictable. Overall, this is a very good album which simply isn't on par with the earlier three.

Epilogue:

The band would break up shortly after releasing their live album Beast from the East (1988). They would continue recording in the 1990's and released Lightning Strikes Again in 2008. Nevertheless, nothing can change the fact that the essence of Dokken's music lies in these first four recordings.

Recommended Tracks:

-Kiss of Death
-Burning Like a Flame
-Mr. Scary
-Dream Warriors



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mandan
March 11th 2012


13461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, that's it for Dokken. It was gonna be another 4.5, but I took another listen and had to 4 it. Still a fine album though.



This band needs more love on Sputnik: sure, they were a glam band, but they made awesome songs.

ThroneOfAgony
March 11th 2012


3485 Comments


Okay review....I wish you talked more about the album though

mandan
March 11th 2012


13461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Fluttertrank: I'll have to think about it.



@ThroneOfAgony: Well, yes, getting into the album is always the hardest part.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012


15426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WE'RE THE DREAM WARRIORS

DON'T WANNA DREAM NO MOREEE



Have a pos.

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mandan
March 11th 2012


13461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Notrap.

KjSwantko
March 11th 2012


12036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that Dream Warriors riff is so simple but so good

The7thVermicide
March 12th 2012


925 Comments


Protect your chicken from Dokken

JamieTwort
March 12th 2012


26988 Comments


Great album.

Pretty good review. You're definitely improving, keep it up.

Titan
February 21st 2013


21697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dream Warriors in A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3 was awesome....good times

KjSwantko
February 21st 2013


12036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dreeeeeeeam Warriorsssssssssss

JamieTwort
February 21st 2013


26988 Comments


m/

KjSwantko
January 27th 2014


12036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dreeeeeeeam Warriorsssssssssss

Froot
July 4th 2014


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Towards the end of this, I was so ready to 4 it as a result of ending fatigue, but then I realised, for as long as the album goes on, it's astounding how many of the tracks are truly memorable and how full the album feels as a whole; nothing sounds wasted bar maybe Stop Fighting Love, which is the obligatory Dokken power ballad. Based on that, I'd put this on par with Under Lock and Key and Tooth and Nail to be honest. I don't feel like there was any better way they could have made their last stand, well, stand out.

Titan
December 21st 2014


21697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Watched A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3 the other night.......movie is still awesome

0GuyMan0
August 9th 2018


3323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

killer killer killer

0GuyMan0
August 15th 2018


3323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuckin' dream warriors might be their greatest

0GuyMan0
October 27th 2018


3323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When I close my eyes



I REEEE ALIYIYIYIYIYSEEE

teamster
January 5th 2019


5327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mr. Scary might be the best instrumental of all time...

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heck
January 5th 2019


5314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

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0GuyMan0
January 6th 2019


3323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its crazy that Mr. Scary is written by the same band that wrote "Slippin' Away".



Man the 80s ruled.



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