Album Review: Dokken – Heaven Comes Down

Dokken, the legendary American rockers, have returned with their 13th studio album, “Heaven Comes Down,” and it’s nothing short of an unapologetic celebration of their classic sound, now filtered through the wiser and richer lens of experience. Released on October 27, 2023, via Silver Lining Music, the album is available in various formats, including CD Digipack, 12″ Vinyl in Black and color variants, digital formats, and special D2C bundles.

The band’s decision to exchange the urban heat of the Sunset Strip for the warm wilderness of New Mexico is immediately apparent in the album’s sonic landscape. Working with engineer Bill Palmer over the course of a year in Santa Fe, the familiar Dokken flavors remain potent, but they’re now seasoned with a richness previously unseen in their discography.


  1. “Fugitive”
  • This track kicks off the album with a bang, riding on shimmering guitar work by the 20+ year member Jon Levin. Don Dokken’s vocals, as always, are a force to be reckoned with. The inspiration for the lyrics, according to Don, reflects the uncertainties of the world today. It’s a classic Dokken sound with a modern twist, an up-tempo rocker that’s perfect for blasting while cruising down the highway.
  1. “Gypsy”
  • A personal favorite and arguably a standout on the album, “Gypsy” showcases the band’s prowess in crafting memorable melodies. The song takes you on a musical journey with its enchanting aura and is accompanied by a visually stunning video directed by Natalia Jonderko Śmiechowicz. This track is a testament to Dokken’s ability to evolve while staying true to their roots.
  1. “Over The Mountain”
  • A metaphoric exploration of people searching for better times and better days, “Over The Mountain” is a lyrical gem. Don Dokken’s studio in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, surrounded by breathtaking views, influenced the song’s imagery. The track is a testament to the band’s ability to draw inspiration from their environment, resulting in a song that is both introspective and inspiring.

Overall Impression:

Heaven Comes Down” maintains the signature Dokken sound while exploring new musical territories. From the rocking energy of “Fugitive” to the captivating allure of “Gypsy” and the metaphoric depth of “Over The Mountain,” the album delivers a diverse sonic experience. Mixed by Kevin Shirley and produced by Bill Palmer and Don Dokken, the album is a treat for longtime fans and a pleasant surprise for those new to Dokken’s music. As the band continues to evolve, “Heaven Comes Down” solidifies Dokken’s enduring presence in the rock music landscape.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


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