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Shakra - Infected - 2007 - AFM Records

Track Listing
1. Make Your Day
2. Inferno
3. The One
4. Playing With Fire
5. Dance With Madness
6. Love Will Find A Way
7. Vertigo
8. The Conquest
9. Higher Love
10. Cardiophobia
11. Look At Me
12. The Other Side
13. Acherons Way
These Swiss hard rockers have really made a name for themselves over the last few years. The group managed to land a big tour with natives Krokus as well as land a contract with reputable AFM Records, who released their fifth album "Fall" in 2005. Hard rock followers have given the band critical acclaim, heralding the group as the savior of stadium rock and comparing them to the likes of Bonfire and The Scorpions. Now they return with a highly anticipated new record entitled "Infected", their sophomore release for AFM and a release that sees the band still firmly embracing their 80s rock roots. "Infected" is produced by Dennis Ward, known for his masterful tuning of acts like Pink Cream 69 (also a member of) and Victory. Fans of Def Leppard, Accept, and Bonfire should treat this with admiral respect and loyalty as the band lays down thirteen cuts of beefed up stadium antics. The band runs through the normal hard rock treatment complete with hooks, leads, and sing-along chorus parts with harmonized vocals. The band sounds absolutely sterile and polished here with each track really groovy and accessible, almost simplistic and elementary for the listener. This is all well and good for the Shakra audience who wants to hear the verse, verse, bridge, chorus, lead, verse, chorus pattern on every single song with no variation whatsoever. For me personally, I find the band consistent release after release and can find the appropriate time to spin this in my player but for the most part I need more variation and diversity to spend ample amount of time on it.



--EC 09.05.07

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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: SHAKRA
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Back On TrackShakra
2011
Eric Compton4/13/2011
FallShakra
2005
Eric Compton11/29/2005
InfectedShakra
2007
Eric Compton9/20/2007
RisingShakra
2003
Eric Compton9/23/2003


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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
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2016
Eric Compton2/29/2016
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2013
Eric Compton4/15/2013


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