Rating:
7.5
Shakra - Infected
2007


01. Make Your Day
02. Inferno
03. The One
04. Playing With Fire
05. Dance With Madness
06. Love Will Find A Way
07. Vertigo
08. The Conquest
09. Higher Love
10. Cardiophobia
11. Look At Me
12. The Other Side
13. Acherons Way


Every two years, Shakra, the Hard Rock band from Switzerland, comes with a new album. I discovered them with "Rising" (2003) which was a really good and catchy album of Hard FM and even if I was a bit disappointed by the previous release "Fall" I always kept an eye on this combo. This year they release their new CD, "Infected", an album which quietly follows the road of the two previous albums.

When you'll listen to the new album, you'll quickly understand that Shakra is this kind of bands which never try to change its musical recipe. They have their own sound, they play "their" music and albums after albums they never try to change it. It works so they don't have to take any risks after all… But it's a bit tricky too since that it sounds a bit similar on all the albums. That's the case with "Infected" which is a good album of Hard FM but which clearly sounds like "Fall" and "Rising". I will never say that "Infected" is a bad album because as an example, a song like "Inferno" with its catchy hyper melodic chorus, with its great melody with its rhythmic which is never boring is a cool song and it's a real pleasure to listen to it but it's extremely classic and not really new too. If you like Shakra, don't worry you'll not be disappointed by the album and it will be the same if you like Hard Rock but if you want to discover something new then…

On the other hand the interpretation of the Swiss band is really classy. Marc Fox, as always is really impressive and no no really it's hard to blame the band for anything except the fact that they didn't write anything new on the album. The production is great, the cover, simple as hell on a side fits perfectly to the title of the album, Infected doesn't suffer of any big problems.

What can I add? "Infected" is a good album of Hard Rock and it's great to see that the band didn't lose anything in their musical skill. I just hope now that Shakra will be able to surprise us a bit. I don't ask to them to change their music but maybe that it could be nice to have something a bit different on their future releases. We will see if they are able to do it or not…

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Shakra
Album: Infected


 


written by Jeff | 29.05.2007



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Herzebeth - 29.05.2007 at 21:35  
I think Shakira's best work is Laundry Service though!

hehe, no really, this one is a very good album, for fans of the band only!
Bas - 29.05.2007 at 21:38  
i bought this album but have yet to listen to it...

this review sounds quite much like what i was expecting of the cd though,
i wonder if it'll be better than rising... we'll see, at least i know now that they wont fully disappoint me by doing something weird and extremely pop-rockish like gotthard... sellouts
Lucas - 29.05.2007 at 22:26  
Written by Herzebeth on 29.05.2007 at 21:35

I think Shakira's best work is Laundry Service though!

hehe, no really, this one is a very good album, for fans of the band only!


You know, I've always been a fan of her.

*I AM NOT LYING!*

Seriously, her music is pretty good at times. And fuck. I can't deny it. *I'm 15 for f_cks sake, what do you expect?* SHE IS HOT!!!
Syk - 30.05.2007 at 09:23  
Your type Nervel must be culled from this Earth. Check out Yoko Ono.

Is this album really exactly an hour long?
Lucas - 30.05.2007 at 18:11  
Written by Syk on 30.05.2007 at 09:23

Your type Nervel must be culled from this Earth. Check out Yoko Ono.

Is this album really exactly an hour long?


Haha, guilty as charged.

I am checking this band out though, and I might check out Yoko Ono too.
Bitch Boy - 01.06.2007 at 20:25  
Written by Herzebeth on 29.05.2007 at 21:35

I think Shakira's best work is Laundry Service though!

hehe, no really, this one is a very good album, for fans of the band only!


I also read "Shakira" by giving a quick look at the reviews forum and I thought "what the?"
Doc Godin - 14.12.2007 at 07:07  
I bought this album today, I got 6 songs in and was convinced this is the heavy metal album of the year. I absolutely love it, everything from the heavy drums to the great melodies to the catchy chorus'. I wasnt a Shakra fan before this so I wasnt disapointed by any lack of change from previous albums, which seems to be your biggest argument against this album.

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