Back for the Attack

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Back for the Attack
Studio album by Dokken
Released November 2, 1987 (1987-11-02)[1]
Recorded One on One Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles; Music Grinder Studio in Hollywood; Total Access Recording Studios in Redondo Beach, California; Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, Los Angeles; Can-Am Studios in Reseda, Los Angeles
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 63:02[2]
Label Elektra
Producer Neil Kernon
Dokken chronology
Under Lock and Key
Back for the Attack
Beast from the East
Singles from Back for the Attack
  1. "Dream Warriors" / "Burning Like a Flame"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[3]
  2. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[4]
  3. "Prisoner"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[5]
  4. "So Many Tears" / "Mr. Scary"
    Released: 1988 (1988)[6]

Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 2, 1987 through Elektra Records; a remastered edition featuring a bonus track was reissued in 2009 through Warner Music Japan. It is the band's best-selling album, reaching No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200[7] and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks.[8] Three singles also charted on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart: "Dream Warriors" reached No. 22, "Prisoner" at No. 37, and "Burning Like a Flame" at No. 20 as well as No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. Back for the Attack was certified Gold and Platinum on January 14, 1988.[1]

"Dream Warriors" was originally released earlier in 1987 as the theme song for the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The album title for Back for the Attack was taken from an earlier Dokken track of the same name recorded during the sessions for Under Lock and Key (1985); it was later released as the B-side to "Dream Warriors". The 2009 remaster includes "Back for the Attack" as a bonus track.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[10]

Barry Weber at AllMusic gave Back for the Attack three stars out of five, saying that it "certainly isn't Dokken's greatest album, yet it remains a worthwhile listen". He praised the band for sounding "tighter than they ever have before", with frontman Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch being "at the top of their game."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kiss of Death"   George Lynch, Don Dokken, Jeff Pilson 5:51
2. "Prisoner"   Lynch, Pilson, Mick Brown 4:20
3. "Night by Night"   Pilson, Lynch, Brown, D. Dokken 5:23
4. "Standing in the Shadows"   D. Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:07
5. "Heaven Sent"   D. Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:52
6. "Mr. Scary" (instrumental) Lynch, Pilson 4:31
7. "So Many Tears"   D. Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:56
8. "Burning Like a Flame"   Lynch, Pilson, D. Dokken, Brown 4:46
9. "Lost Behind the Wall"   Lynch, Brown, D. Dokken, Pilson 4:19
10. "Stop Fighting Love"   Pilson, Lynch, D. Dokken, Brown 4:52
11. "Cry of the Gypsy"   D. Dokken, Pilson, Lynch 4:51
12. "Sleepless Night"   Lynch, Brown, Pilson 4:32
13. "Dream Warriors"   Lynch, Pilson 4:42
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]


Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 13[7]


Year Title Chart Position
1987 "Dream Warriors" Billboard Mainstream Rock 22[7]
"Burning Like a Flame" 20[7]
Billboard Hot 100 72[7]
1988 "Prisoner" Billboard Mainstream Rock 37[7]


Date Certification Region
January 14, 1988 Gold[1] United States


  1. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA.
  2. ^ Back for the Attack (CD edition "Elektra 9 60735-2").
  3. ^ "Dokken – Dream Warriors / Burning Like A Flame". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ "Dokken – Heaven Sent". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ "Dokken – Prisoner". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  6. ^ "Dokken – So Many Tears/Mr. Scary". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Back for the Attack - Dokken | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  8. ^ "Dokken - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  9. ^ "Dokken – Back For The Attack". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  10. ^ a b Weber, Barry. "Back for the Attack - Dokken". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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