SHAKRA

Country Switzerland

Style Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

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It `s Swiss made, but it `s definitely far away from being cheesy: Rumours say that when this band got together in the late 90es for their first rehearsals even the cows on the mountains around have been shaken so much that they gave butter instead of milk. Which should be no wonder at all: Coming from the canton of Bern these guys are – so to say – born in a world of rock. The talent to climb up onto every mountain `s top is part of their life and forcing them to move on. And it `s keeping them down-to-earth, expanding and unique – all at the same time. Strong, hard and solid rock music has been their trademark since they played their first tone. Already their self-titled debut-album (which was released in 1998) could make a great impression on the music listening world. Though their sound is very straight, no one ever dared to use words such as “old fashioned” when describing Shakra. Yes, you can even call them a groove machine, this pulsating power keeps everything going.

These guys, and that has been obvious from the very beginning, are what they are – as simple as it is. And they exactly know what they want. Consequently they `ve been going their way upwards since then. Without getting exhausted at all. When in 1999 their second album “Moving force” was released, everyone was already waiting for it. Tours with Great White or Uriah Heep were following, as well as (a third and) a forth album “Rising”, which could even enter the Swiss and German sales charts.

Together with the radio hit singles “I Will Be There” and “Anything”, taken from the album “Rising” the chart entries have been the biggest success for Shakra, and a proof, that consequently high quality and hard work are a damn good mixture. “Rising” has also been the first album with Mark Fox as a new singer, replacing the old one Pete, who had to quit his job due to health problems. And with Mark the band is still moving upwards. Unlike most other bands who experience a serious breakdown as soon as a vocalist leaves, Shakra remain standing solid. Mark fits perfectly in and gets even more accepted than Pete by everyone. From the first moment on. So over the last months the band has been working on new songs for their fifth album “Fall”. It promises to be as strong and solid and 100% Shakra as it has always been the case with this band `s music.

Again, the quality “hand-made” is written in CAPITAL letters. While other bands start to act like rockstars as soon as their success is growing or give up their passion for really working on the songs, Shakra still do everything on their own – the songwriting, the studio work, the moving forward. And Shakra still put so much passion and strength in it that you might not believe this band `s been around for such a long time. “Fall” – the first release on the new label AFM Records – has become another outstanding, charismatic album, sounding fresh and grown up at the same time. Another chapter in the mountain climbing, upwards moving career of a band that from the beginning on has been much more than a music industry `s hype.

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“Fall” has become the next step on Shakra `s consequent way to the top, and the album title doesn’t represent the current status of the band at all. Spring would have been a much better pick then. Nevertheless the band could prove their live qualities at this year `s Sweden Rock Festival in front of 10.000 people, as well as on this year `s Swiss Spirit Of Music Festival as a support of Iron Maiden. Perfectly matching to the album `s title an extended European tour in Fall will follow. So be aware of the cows all over Europe – milk might be a rare good as soon as our Swiss guys start to rock!

After some internal turmoil, Shakra report back impressively and shine on their 6th Studio album simply magnificent Hard Rock. Great riffs blend with catchy melodies, skillful guitar solos and targeted metal influences have shaped together with the unmistakable voice of Mark’s distinctive, typical Shakra sound. Power-heavy rock at its finest! The Limited Edition is to be supplemented with the bonus video “Chains Of Temptation.” Mark Fox (vocals), Thom Blunier (lead guitars), Thomas Muster (guitars), Oliver Linder (bass) and Roger Tanner (drums) have mastered their craft and know fully convince AZ. All songs are written by pattern / Blunier / Fox, taken from October 2006-February 2007 in the Power Ride Recording Studios / Switzerland and produced by Thom Blunier.

Some bands stay true to their style without repeating himself or to unsettle long-established experiments with confused fans. The Swiss Confederation Shakra are such a band. For years there has been “on the road” played in twelve countries and the Popo always filed on their own sound. The analysis has fortunately never slipped into the realms of housewife rock. Neither ballads, even unplugged slices gave it. Only a groovy live DVD! Shakra are simply a cracking live band with an edge without artificial image and stand by it. With new bassist Dominik Pfister one starts by now. It shows on the cover of “Everest”, which carries as its predecessor, “Infected” a symbol that reminds this time a compass.

 Musically, of course, dominated by the extreme (as always) oppressive riffs and raw throat of frontman Mark Fox. But he is already over seven years there and become a fixture in the band’s sound. It is vitally important in our times, when a band has features by which you can hear from thousands out. The band from Bern has certainly climbed with this album their own “Everest” and delivered no repeat their superb predecessor discs and still developing, but without losing their roots. Many bands have crashed badly at such a climb and remained in the valley below!

The new Shakra album “Back on Track” has become a hit. The new singer John Prakesh does his job perfectly, it fits perfectly with the sound of Shakra, that also strikes you immediately with the powerful and crystal clear production of the album. Shakra is something like the opposite of a Surprise! Music fans know what the Swiss stalwarts fabricate since their first album in 1998 polynuclear Hard Rock with a modern touch. The musicians manage to retain their style and each of the three singers suited the band’s sound. The second album with John Prakesh appeared in typical two-year cycle for album No. Eight (2011), “Back On Track”, is called “PowerPlay” and reminds the album “Power Ride” of 2001.

DISCOGRAPHYdiscography

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– Shakra [1998]
– Moving Force [1999]
– Power Ride [2001]
– Rising [2003]
– Fall [2005]
-Infected [2007]
– Everest [2009]
– Back On Track [2011]
– Powerplay [2013]

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