Shakra
Powerplay


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
February 11th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 01/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What’s old becomes new again in some solid and lasting music.

Shakra, the name itself invites cosmic themes of balance and energy, it is also fitting for a band that uses some highly conventional although some-what predictable song-writing styles. Formed in 1997, Shakra has been releasing records steadily over the years. In fact, Powerplay will be the band’s tenth studio record as well as the addition of a live album and a DVD to boot. These hard working Swiss hard rockers ensure that innovation does not come at the cost of quality and catchy song-writing. Having toured with the likes of the Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden and Hammerfall it’s easy to point out that the band has a solid work ethic. Considering that the band has seen a change in vocalists since their 2009 album, Everest Shakra has persevered and built on the Back On Track and created a highly enjoyable, successful record in their 2013 release, Powerplay. It’s already been mentioned, but it’s important to push the point that Powerplay is in no way an innovative record, breaking new ground and showcasing some form of unique out-of-the-box thinking. Shakra present some melodic, straight-forward hard rock featuring some fine musicianship and excellently strong vocals.

Despite the fact that Shakra sit firmly in some set-in-stone soundscapes, it actually takes nothing away from this band’s music. Powerplay is a “feel good” album. From the up-beat opening tracks ‘Life Is Now’ and ‘Higher’ through the semi-ballad in ‘Wonderful Life’ (which bears some huge resemblance to the music of Alter Bridge’s AB III) the band shows a positive way of shaping tracks to reach a climaxed potential. Combine this winning formula with some hard hitting virtuosity, the guitarists take centre stage alongside vocalist John Prakesh interweaving guitar leads, ringing chords with soaring vocal lines that accent the bands talent when combining these well executed sections. Backed by some of the most consistent drum work of the genre (read: consistent not overly exciting) Shakra knows how to put together tracks from the ground up and whilst it may be a little cliché to count out the beat during tracks, this group of Swiss rockers manage to incorporate this little feature without damaging the track and albums overall reception.

Every so often the record will take on slightly darker themes, this is found in tracks like ‘Dear Enemy’, ‘Save You from Yourself’ and ‘Stevie’ where the songs break away from the happy soundscapes of the rest of the record and develop a depth to the album as a whole. This features just how a band can contrast light with dark without resorting to filling an album with cheese. Although the record has already shown just how solid it is thus far, the best is yet to come. ‘Secret Hideaway’ is the band’s balance of light and dark, soaring vocals, ringing chords, and overall display of excellent song writing ability. At the end of all this what listeners’ have is a listener built with actual song-writing in mind, rather than the constant push for innovation keeping the record roughly accesible. This works well for Shakra’s 2013 release and it shows positively for the band themselves.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Another one for 2013. How are we guys?

Scoot
February 11th 2013


17914 Comments


WHEREVER, WHENEVER
WE'RE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER
I'LL BE THERE AND YOU'LL BE NEAR
AND THAT'S THE DEAL MY DEAR

Digging: Renounced - The Melancholy We Ache

Scoot
February 11th 2013


17914 Comments


wait this isn't the right page

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


It is pretty lol art.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


play with power. power with play

OmairSh
February 11th 2013


11924 Comments


Why can't power metal bands just not use the genre name in their album titles, or in the song titles?

OmairSh
February 11th 2013


11924 Comments


"WHEREVER, WHENEVER
WE'RE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER
I'LL BE THERE AND YOU'LL BE NEAR
AND THAT'S THE DEAL MY DEAR"

I was just about to say the same thing Scoot

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Why can't power metal bands just not use the genre name in their album titles, or in the song titles?


They're not as power metal as you think.




NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Yeah but not bad at all.

Tyrael
February 11th 2013


20974 Comments


Yesssss power metal

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


3545 Comments


Totally read "Shakira" instead of "Shakra"

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Mad.
February 11th 2013


4202 Comments


Totally read "Shakira" instead of "Shakra" [2]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


So did my Word's autospell lol : /

Gwyn.
February 11th 2013


15324 Comments


Totally read "Shakira" instead of "Shakra" [3]

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OmairSh
February 11th 2013


11924 Comments


"Yesssss power metal"

you forgot to add "/sarcasm"

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Was hoping this would have a couple more rates.

Mad.
February 11th 2013


4202 Comments


Power metal = ultimate cheesy form of music

FrozenVain
February 11th 2013


2483 Comments


"Power metal = ultimate cheesy form of music"

So? It fucking rocks hard.


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Guys, it's not as power metal as you think.



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