Review: Shakra – Mad World

AFM Records (March 6th 2020)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Shakra return with their 15th album ‘Mad World‘, which is available now via AFM Records.

For those of you already familiar with the band, ‘Mad World‘ won’t deliver any surprises, carrying on where ‘Snakes & Ladders‘ left off. Is this a bad thing? Hell no, as a long time fan of the band it means more of that heavier end of hard rock which gets you reaching to nudge the volume knob up a few more notches.

For those of you unfamiliar with the band, I guess a quick analogy would be imagine a heavier version of German rockers Bonfire.

The album itself consists of twelve tracks, no being short changed here, and with no ballad you just get twelve tracks of pounding, foot stomping rock that’ll either piss off your neighbours or entertain them, depending on their musical preferences!

I’m not going to delve into each track using a magnifying glass, I’m just going to tell you to go out and buy it, you won’t be disappointed………trust me!

Shakra have released their new single ‘Turn The Light On‘, out now on AFM Records, the second track from upcoming album ‘Mad World‘ which is set for release on 28th February.

For a quarter of a century Shakra has been part of the music circus. Only someone who’s been in a band before, knows how fragile und exhausting this kind of social fabric is. 25 years is a very long time and only a few acts can make it this far. Guitarist, Thom Blunier, points out: “I’m extremely proud and thankful, that this band is stil existing after 25 years of
Rock’n’Roll. Those of you who have a clue the difficulties of extisting as a band know, how precious and exceptional this is. I am ready for the next 25 years!

The band has experienced turbulent times with highs and lows together, but have always kept their eyes dead on target. This is also reflected in their multiple and regular chart entries in Germany and of course in Switzerland  throughout those years. Their 25th anniversary is approaching in 2020 – and the quintet is ready to celebrate with their fans, in proper style with hard, catchy and energetic rock music.

There also will be new music for the jubilee – that goes without saying. Eleven new cracking rock tracks in typical Shakra manner are going to be the new album ‘Mad World‘. This world is mad indeed. Things that used to be good yesterday, have become bad today, things that held a certain value yesterdays,have become worthless today. Not only the music business but the entire world experiences chaotic times and Shakra keep on doing what they do best: Writing songs that stick in your mind and are just made for the stage. Here’s to another 25 years!

Line up:

Mark Fox (Vocals)

Thom Blunier (Guitar)

Thomas Muster (Guitar)

Dominik Pfister (Bass)

Roger Tanner (Drums)

Album Tracklisting:
01 – Fireline
02 – Too Much Is Not Enough
03 – A Roll Of The Dice
04 – Mad World
05 – When He Comes Around
06 – Thousand Kings
07 – I Still Rock
08 – Fake News
09 – When It All Falls Down
10 – Turn The Light On
11 – Son Of Fire
12 – New Tomorrow

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Swiss rockers Shakra have just released an Official video for ‘Too Much Is Not Enough‘ taken from their new album ‘Mad World‘ out February 28, 2020 via AFM Records.

For a quarter of a century Shakra has been part of the music circus. Only someone who’s been in a band before, knows how fragile und exhausting this kind of social fabric is. 25 years is a very long time and only a few acts can make it this far. Guitarist, Thom Blunier, points out: “I’m extremely proud and thankful, that this band is stil existing after 25 years of
Rock’n’Roll. Those of you who have a clue the difficulties of extisting as a band know, how precious and exceptional this is. I am ready for the next 25 years!

The band has experienced turbulent times with highs and lows together, but have always kept their eyes dead on target. This is also reflected in their multiple and regular chart entries in Germany and of course in Switzerland  throughout those years. Their 25th anniversary is approaching in 2020 – and the quintet is ready to celebrate with their fans, in proper style with hard, catchy and energetic rock music.

There also will be new music for the jubilee – that goes without saying. Eleven new cracking rock tracks in typical Shakra manner are going to be the new album “Mad World”. This world is mad indeed. Things that used to be good yesterday, have become bad today, things that held a certain value yesterdays,have become worthless today. Not only the music business but the entire world experiences chaotic times and Shakra keep on doing what they do best: Writing songs that stick in your mind and are just made for the stage. Here’s to another 25 years!

Line up:

Mark Fox (Vocals)

Thom Blunier (Guitar)

Thomas Muster (Guitar)

Dominik Pfister (Bass)

Roger Tanner (Drums)

Album Tracklisting:
01 – Fireline
02 – Too Much Is Not Enough
03 – A Roll Of The Dice
04 – Mad World
05 – When He Comes Around
06 – Thousand Kings
07 – I Still Rock
08 – Fake News
09 – When It All Falls Down
10 – Turn The Light On
11 – Son Of Fire
12 – New Tomorrow

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Swiss rockers Shakra have just released a video for the track ‘Cassandra’s Curse‘, taken from their brand new album, ‘Snakes & Ladders‘, which will be released on November 10th.

Shakra‘s last album, ‘High Noon‘, which was released in 2016, saw vocalist Mark Fox return to the band following the departure of John Prakesh.

Track listing:

01 Cassandra’s Curse
02 Friday Nightmare
03 Snakes & Ladders
04 Something You Don’t Understand
05 The Seeds 06 Rollin‘
07 Medicine Man
08 I Will Rise Again
09 Open Water
10 The Race Of My Life
11 Fire In My Veins
12 The End Of Days

Line-up:

Vocals: Mark Fox
Guitar: Thom Blunier
Guitar: Thomas Muster
Bass: Dominik Pfister
Drums: Roger Tanner

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Swiss rockers Shakra have released a lyric video for the title track ‘Snakes & Ladders‘, ahead of the album release on November 10th.

Their new album ‘Snakes & Ladders‘ is now available to pre-order from the following links:

Pre-Order Now CH: https://lnk.to/SnakesAndLadders

Pre-Order Now DE: http://promo.afm-records.de/de/shakra

Pre-Order Now EN: http://promo.afm-records.de/en/shakra

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Swiss rockers Shakra will return with a brand new album, ‘Snakes & Ladders‘, which will be released on November 10th.

Shakra‘s last album, ‘High Noon‘, which was released in 2016, saw vocalist Mark Fox return to the band following the departure of John Prakesh.

Track listing:

01 Cassandra’s Curse
02 Friday Nightmare
03 Snakes & Ladders
04 Something You Don’t Understand
05 The Seeds 06 Rollin‘
07 Medicine Man
08 I Will Rise Again
09 Open Water
10 The Race Of My Life
11 Fire In My Veins
12 The End Of Days

Line-up:

Vocals: Mark Fox
Guitar: Thom Blunier
Guitar: Thomas Muster
Bass: Dominik Pfister
Drums: Roger Tanner

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Déjà-Voodoo

Crystal Ball have just released a new video for ‘Never A Guarantee‘ off their latest chart-busting album “Déjà-Voodoo“.

The video was directed by Stefan Kaufmann. Crystal Ball is currently supporting Shakra on selected dates of their ‘High Noon Tour 2016‘.

17.11.2016 DE Mannheim – 7er Club*
18.11.2016 DE Nürnberg – Der Cult*
19.11.2016 DE Ingolstadt – Eventhalle Westpark*
10.12.2016 CH Luzern – Konzerthaus Schüür*
28.12.2016 DE Burgrieden – Riffelhof*
29.12.2016 CH Siebnen – District 28*
30.12.2016 CH Boswil – Chillout*
18.02.2017 DE München – Backstage (Heavy Metal’s Calling)

*supporting Shakra on “High Noon Tour 2016” w/ Crystal Ball

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