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Shakra - Rising 2003 Point Music - Reviewed by EC

Track Listing
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.

--EC 9.24.03
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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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
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Back On TrackShakra
2011
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2005
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2007
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2003
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