Frontiers Records has announced the signing of DOKKEN for the worldwide release of the band's forthcoming studio album in the spring of 2012.
The cooperation between Frontiers and DOKKEN started with the European release of the group's "Lightning Strikes Again" CD in 2007. The album marked a return to DOKKEN's signature style with melodic hooklines and blazing guitar riffs that epitomized the band's sound on such records as "Tooth And Nail", "Under Lock And Key", "Back For The Attack" and "Dysfunctional".
"So far we have written 10 songs in only eight weeks," says singer Don Dokken. "Usually we spend a year or more on our music. I can't explain why this time it came so fast; it just happened. So far the music is very uptempo and heavy. Of course we know our fans like the classic DOKKEN sound and this is where our new music is headed. It's been a band of brothers doing what we love: 'music.'"
DOKKEN plans to finish the new album recordings by the end of February and go out on the road in June.
"In a perfect world, we would like to release the new album before the summer and then play the festivals in Europe. Then hopefully we can jump on a package tour in the U.S.," says Don Dokken. "We want to give everyone a great CD that will keep all music fans 'rokkin'' during these troubled times!"
DOKKEN's current lineup consists of Don Dokken on lead vocals, Jon Levin on guitar, Sean McNabb on bass and Mick Brown on drums.
DOKKEN's greatest-hits package, "Greatest Hits 2" a collection of all-new versions of tracks such as "Dream Warriors", "Breaking the Chains" and "Just Got Lucky", paired two new songs and two covers (including a version of "Lies", originally recorded by THE KNICKERBOCKERS, available on the Japanese version of the CD only) was released in Japan on April 21, 2010 via King Records and in the U.S. on Cleopatra's Deadline Records imprint.
DOKKEN's latest album "Lightning Strikes Again", was released in the U.S. on May 13, 2008 via Rhino Records. and definite return" to the band's classic sound, according to a press release.
In addition to the regular European version of "Lightning Strikes Again", Frontiers released a special limited edition of the CD on April 11, 2008 in a glossy slipcase. The limited-edition version included an exclusive bonus track for Europe, entitled "Sunset Superstar".