A new Dokken era is here with their new album called Lightning Strikes Again. Dokken is now Don Dokken (vocals), Mick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Barry Sparks (bass) and this new album was told to sound more like their classic albums Tooth And Nail, Under Lock And Key and Back For The Attack. But no, they have not managed to come up with an equal strong album even if they tried to bring back the classic Dokken sound on a couple of tracks.
I can’t understand why they must try to bring in some modern touches to the sound because that’s not Dokken in my ears. Just listen to the opening tracks Standing On The Outside, Give Me A Reason and Heart To Stone that shows that they have tried to come up with hook laden melodic hardrock songs in a true Dokken spirit. Yes, the guitars sounds aggressive with strong hooks and melodies. I’ve always liked Don Dokkens voice but this time around he don’t sound as strong as before and there’s something missing. Then they deliver songs like Disease, Oasis and Point Of No Return that really made me disappointed - songs without any memorable melodies or hooklines, just average rockers. The up-tempo rocker Judgement Day is a lot better with strong melodic riffs and a great chorus. The sound of the album is really nice and it’s been mixed by Wyn Davis (Great White, Dio). There are a few songs really shows that there’s potential and I can’t see why they can’t deliver a melodic hard rock album with Dokken´s trademarks? Ok album without shining out any extra.