Back for the Attack

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Back for the Attack
Dokken - Back for the Attack.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1987 (1987-11-02)
GenreGlam metal
ProducerNeil Kernon
Dokken chronology
Under Lock and Key
Back for the Attack
Beast from the East
Singles from Back for the Attack
  1. "Dream Warriors"
    Released: February 1987 (US)[1]
  2. "Burning Like a Flame"
    Released: December 1987 (US)
  3. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: April 1988
  4. "So Many Tears"
    Released: June 1988

Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 2, 1987, through Elektra Records.[2] 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[3] and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks.[4] 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.[5] Back for the Attack was certified Gold and Platinum on January 14, 1988.[2]

The single "Dream Warriors" was originally released in February 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 song of the same name, recorded during the sessions for Under Lock and Key (1985) and released as the B-side to "Dream Warriors". It was later included in the 2009 remastered edition of the album as a bonus track.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[7]
Rock Hard8.5/10[8]

Barry Weber at AllMusic wrote that Back for the Attack "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."[6] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff praised the album, which "offers length, variation and a sense of ambition as never before", and called it "one of those lost records brimming with bravado" but not so unique to be "one's life soundtrack". He added that the "excruciating" circumstances of its recording took their toll as the band tried to assemble "a more competent, mature, substantial record".[7]

The album was ranked number 12 on Metal Rules list of the Top 50 Glam Metal Albums.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Kiss of Death"George Lynch, Don Dokken, Jeff Pilson5:51
2."Prisoner"Lynch, Pilson, Mick Brown4:20
3."Night by Night"Pilson, Lynch, Brown, Dokken5:23
4."Standing in the Shadows"Dokken, Lynch, Pilson5:07
5."Heaven Sent"Dokken, Lynch, Pilson4:52
6."Mr. Scary" (instrumental)Lynch, Pilson4:31
Side two
7."So Many Tears"Dokken, Lynch, Pilson4:56
8."Burning Like a Flame"Lynch, Pilson, Dokken, Brown4:46
9."Lost Behind the Wall"Lynch, Brown, Dokken, Pilson4:19
10."Stop Fighting Love"Pilson, Lynch, Dokken, Brown4:52
11."Cry of the Gypsy"Dokken, Pilson, Lynch4:51
12."Sleepless Night"Lynch, Brown, Pilson4:32
13."Dream Warriors"Lynch, Pilson4:42
Remastered edition bonus track
14."Back for the Attack"Dokken3:51






Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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