Digitally remastered edition of the L.A.-based Heavy Metal band's third studio album. Produced by both British studio wizard Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Kansas, Autograph) and Michael Wagener (Mtley Cre, Extreme) the album, originally released in 1985, is generally regarded as one of their best creations, giving rise to a number of classic tracks, including 'The Hunter' , 'Unchain The Night' , 'It's Not Love' and the chart hit 'In My Dreams' . It was a record that promoted them to an A-grade platinum attraction and one that resulted in the sort of curb appeal shared by the likes of the Scorpions, Ratt and White Lion. 16 page full color booklet 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, unpublished photos and new interview with Don Dokken.
Sure, they may have been the kings of heavy metal Cheez Whiz, but unlike many image-conscious '80s rockers, Dokken wrote genuinely appealing songs. Frontman Don Dokken's voice carried better than most belters, and George Lynch was a ferociously gifted guitarist who could tug at the heartstrings as easily as he could burn down the bedroom. Under Lock and Key
, which wasn't as combustive as Dokken's first two albums Breaking the Chains
and Tooth and Nail
, seemed like an effort by the band to attract a larger following. It worked. Candy metal softballs like "It's Not Love," "Unchain the Night," and "In My Dreams" were heavy enough to keep the guys rockin', but sensitive enough to attract the chicks. And isn't that what '80s metal was all about? --Jon Wiederhorn