1. Now or never 2. Done me wrong 3. Too good for me 4. I will be there 5. Rising high 6. Little stories 7. My life - My world 8. Sign in the sky 9. Run away 10. Fight the fire 11. Anything 12. Trapped
While recently researching the newest Krokus record, a buddy of mine stumbled upon a Swiss act called Shakra. This band had been chosen to open for Krokus on their "Rock The Block" tour earlier this year in Europe. Searching for every hard rock band on the planet, my buddy picked the brand new Shakra album up, "Rising", and after a few listens I asked to borrow the disc for review on the site.
I believe this is the band's fourth record to date, and the first release for Point Music. Shakra are the perfect throwback to 80s hard rock, sounding like a modern day version of Boston, Bonfire, and Pretty Maids. Opening track "Now Or Never" just hooks you from the start, with a rigid bass-line and an upfront, ripping guitar sound. Vocalist Mark Fox sounds a bit like Andi Derris of Pink Cream 69 and Helloween fame, with a feal smooth vocal release that is quite catchy.
"Too Good For Me" and "Fight The Fire" really sound like aggressive Bonfire, while songs like "My Life, My World" could have been pulled from the early era of Pink Cream 69.
Fans of Crystal Ball, Victory, Bonfire, and Pretty Maids will absolutely love Shakra. This record will probably land in my top 10 at the end of the year. Point Music have made a wise decision signing this young hard rock act. If "Rising" turns enough heads, this album could wind up with a domestic release.
About this Writer: 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.
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