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Dokken Heaven Comes Down Album Review

Dokken has been one of my favorite bands for over 20 years and I’ve always bought their albums.

Heaven Comes Down is Dokken’s 12th studio album, released on October 27 of 2023.

Lead Singer/namesake Don Dokken is the only classic member left in the band, but he has a killer band.

Jon Levin has been the guitarist for a little more than 20 years and plays very much like classic guitarist George Lynch.

Bassist Chris McCarvill is a monster player and great on stage.

Drummer BJ Zampa is also a monster drummer, and plays “Wild” Mick Brown’s parts very well.

I’m honest here so I’ll say Don’s voice is not what it used to be, but he’s still singing the best he can and having a great time.

His voice sounds good on the album, but if you’re expecting him to sound the way he did in the 80s, then you may be disappointed.

I’ve admitted like others that maybe Don should hang it up, but now I don’t.

I saw he and the band earlier this year and they were having a great time, and the fans loved every second of it.

So, keep on rocking Don!!

Anyway, back to the album.

I’m glad this album was made.

The last Dokken album, Broken Bones, was released in 2012 and was supposed to be the last album at the time.

Luckily, it wasn’t.

If you’re a Dokken fan, you should enjoy this.

Even with Don’s lower vocal register, he still has the voice for these songs, and the band is just super strong.

Lots of guitar, bass, and drums on this.

A couple of lighter songs, but mostly rocking stuff.

My favorite lighter song is the last song on the album called Santa Fe.

It’s about Don’s life actually, and about him moving away from LA to Santa Fe.

Really cool song to end this mostly rocking album.

If you’re a Dokken fan, give it a shot.

Even if you’re not a fan, but a fan of good hard, melodic rock, check it out and maybe you’ll become a fan.

I’m glad Don is still going and whether this is the last Dokken album or not, I’m glad it got made and released.

See, I love new music from my favorite bands/artists.

I don’t just live in the past with the hits.

I want to hear new stuff from them.

I welcome it.

And I certainly welcome this album and will listen to it many times over the course of my life, along with all the other great Dokken albums.

I’m Rockin’ with Dokken forever.

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