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  • I’m more of a casual heavy metal fan. I’m not too obsessed with one certain band, I just like lots of different bands. Some say I’m stuck in the 80’s, but the best rock and metal came out of that time. The new stuff is [junk] and it sickens me that records like this one aren’t getting the attention they deserve due to the early 90’s grunge-wave and then into the newer rap-metal garbage. Back in the 80’s, guitarists had to be skilled in the art of shredding, the rhythm section solid and powerful, and the vocalist clear and soaring. Bands like Dio, Ratt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Lizzy Borden, Queensryche, Van Halen, Tesla, Dokken, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Europe, Judas Priest, Skid Row, ect…what happened to these great bands?Anyway, on to the review. I was always a huge Dokken fan and obviously was [mad] when they broke up. When Lynch Mob came out with ‘Wicked Sensation’ in 1990, I immedietely went out and bought it. I had always assumed that no matter how good the other guys in Dokken were, George WAS Dokken and without him they wouldn’t be half as good. I assumed he had all the talent and was the main driving force for Dokken. It sure didn’t show on that Lynch Mob CD! It’s not a bad CD, but there are only 2 or 3 really upbeat rockin’ songs. Most of them are laid back, slow bluesy hard rock. Like I said, not a bad CD, but definetely not Dokken-esque. I didn’t even know that Don Dokken released a solo album until recently when I saw it in a local record shop. I immedietely picked it up and was not dissapointed.Don didn’t skip a beat with this CD. This sounds EXACTLY like the Dokken from the 80’s that we all know and love. Let’s put it this way: This is not a Don Dokken solo CD, I’m willing to bet the band was called Don Dokken because the other guys in Dokken didn’t want him using the name. Other than that, this music on this CD sounds like a perfect mix of Tooth and Nail, Under Lock and Key and Back for the Attack but with a much more polished and streamlined production. This CD’s production is perfect. You can hear all the instruments pefectly and the whole thing sounds amazingly clean and well…perfect. The tunes on here are all hard rockin; metal tunes except for the slower ballad ‘When Love Finds A Fool’. This song sounds like the Dokken ballad ‘Alone Again’.John Norum (from the band Europe) is the lead guitarist on this CD, and he pulls off some amazing solos and killer riffs. His skill rivals that of George Lynch and in fact you’d never know it wasn’t George himself if it weren’t for small stylistic differences in their soloing styles. He definetely rocks and was the perfect replacement for George Lynch.If Dokken had never broke up, this is probably the next studio album that would have come after Back for the Attack. It could have fit easily into Dokken’s 80’s catalog. If you like Dokken, George Lynch, shredding guitar solos, rocking riff-heavy metal songs, or any 80’s metal I highly suggest you pick up this CD. This is one of the greatest overlooked metal albums ever…Most people don’t know that Don Dokken went solo after Dokken broke up. I didn’t, but I’m glad I found out because this CD is amazing. And for the low price of $7 bucks, how can you go wrong?This albums rocks…buy it.

    Posted on January 20, 2010