Back for the Attack

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Back for the Attack
Studio album by Dokken
Released 1987 (1987)[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
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)[2]
  2. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[3]
  3. "Prisoner"
    Released: 1987 (1987)[4]
  4. "So Many Tears" / "Mr. Scary"
    Released: 1988 (1988)[5]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released in 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[6] and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks.[7] Three singles also charted: "Dream Warriors" at No. 22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, "Burning Like a Flame" at No. 20 on Mainstream Rock and No. 72 on the Hot 100, and "Prisoner" at No. 37 on Mainstream Rock.

"Dream Warriors" was first released earlier in 1987 as the theme song for the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The album's title 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.[8] At 63 minutes in length and 13 tracks long, it is among the longest heavy metal records to be released on a single vinyl record.

The album was the last Dokken studio release before their breakup in 1989, after which they reformed in 1993 and released Dysfunctional in 1995. Dokken toured Japan in April 1988, the material for which was released on the 1988 live album Beast from the East. They also supported Van Halen during their Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 from May 23 – July 30, 1988. It was after this tour that Dokken disbanded.[citation needed]

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, Dokken 5:23
4. "Standing in the Shadows"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:07
5. "Heaven Sent"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:52
6. "Mr. Scary"   Lynch, Pilson 4:31
7. "So Many Tears"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:56
8. "Burning Like a Flame"   Lynch, Pilson, Dokken, Brown 4:46
9. "Lost Behind the Wall"   Lynch, Brown, Dokken, Pilson 4:19
10. "Stop Fighting Love"   Pilson, Lynch, Dokken, Brown 4:52
11. "Cry of the Gypsy"   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[6]


Year Title Chart Position
1987 "Dream Warriors" Billboard Mainstream Rock 22[6]
"Burning Like a Flame" 20[6]
Billboard Hot 100 72[6]
1988 "Prisoner" Billboard Mainstream Rock 37[6]


  1. ^ a b Weber, Barry. "Back for the Attack - Dokken". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  2. ^ "Dokken – Dream Warriors / Burning Like A Flame". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  3. ^ "Dokken – Heaven Sent". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ "Dokken – Prisoner". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ "Dokken – So Many Tears/Mr. Scary". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Back for the Attack - Dokken | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  7. ^ "Dokken - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  8. ^ "Dokken – Back For The Attack". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-09-19.

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