Title: High NoonLabel: AFM Records
Noon' may well be the most significant album from Swiss rockers
Shakra, as the title depicts, this is a time of decision for
the band. With the departure of vocalist John Prakesh in
April 2014, we see former vocalist Mark Fox return to the
band, as he joins Thom Blunier, Thomas Muster, Dominik
Pfister and Roger Tanner for what is twelve tracks of pure
Swiss precision rock n' roll. There's one ballad and eleven all
out rockers that will once again put Shakra back on the rock n'
album opens up with a welcoming slab of straight shooting
hard rock in ‘Hello’. This is what Shakra have always
been about, big riffs wrapped around a hard rocking melody
and with Fox back on the mike, the album gets off to a great
title track ‘High Noon’ carries on the hard rockin’
with those big chunky riffs courtesy of Blunier driving this
one, with Fox delivering the vocals we knew from the 'Rising',
'Everest' and 'Infected' albums.
all guns blazing with the storming ‘Into Your Heart’,
another great hard rocker that just explodes from the off
and continues its rock n' roll rampage for four minutes of
pure hedonistic Hard Rock bliss.
band bring in a heavier edge to the mix with the tuned down
riffs of ‘Around The World’, before bringing a little
bluesy edge with the excellent ‘Eye To Eye’. Then it's
back to the meat and bones Hard Rock once more with the
stunning ‘Is It Real’.
only ballad on the album is a stunner ‘Life’s What You
Need’, which really pulls as the heartstrings as Fox’s raspy
vocals give it a little edge, before the foot is pushed
firmly back on the pedal for the aptly titled ‘The
Storm’, as once again Blunier brings forth the big licks.
here on in it's rocking all the way as things continue with the anthemic
‘Raise Your Hands’ and the equally impressive ‘Stand
Tall’, before bringing back that bluesy edge once more with
the massive ‘Watch Me Burn’.
The album closes as it opened with a riff filled high octane rocker in ‘Wild And Hungry’. This wraps up one of best Shakra albums to date and once again shows Switzerland just not all Clock’s and Chocs, it also Rocks!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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