The rise of SHAKRA continues without deceleration. It seems like nothing and nobody can stop the successful Swiss hard rockers. While the last album “Everest” opened on #4 spot of the Swiss charts chances are more than good to top that this time. The 13 new songs are just too catchy, the production is too tight, the vocals of John Prakesh are just too varied and emotional. SHAKRA is back – stronger than ever.
So „Back On Track” they are, the successful hard rockers of SHAKRA. Back on track of honesty, authenticity and straightforwardness. After ex-vocalist Mark Fox left the band, the hiring of John Prakesh was the best that could possibly happen. His first gig as SHAKRA fronter has already been a complete success: his version of the hit-single “Why” reached a sensational 3rd place in the Swiss TV show “The biggest Swiss Hits” – And also his live debut and the following mini-tour have been a celebration of his singing. More surprising was the fact that Prakesh was able to put even more variety and emotion into the vocals for the recording of the new album!
On the 8th record SHAKRA kept true to themselves especially in one aspect. The incredibly high standard of the successful predecessors is easily outranged again. The crystal clear, warm but powerful sound was – just like every SHAKRA record – sublimely produced by guitarist Thom Blunier in his own Powerride Stuido. The exceedingly tight riffs, the merciless precision of the rhythm section and last but not least, the new singer John Prakesh and his variable voice which gives SHAKRA the chance maybe for the first time to win a really broad audience.
But the old trademarks are still there: For example the opener „B True B You“: a godlike riff turns this track to an absolute hit. Or the Song “Crazy”: a straight Shakra rocker with a super catchy chorus – a high-class singalong-smasher. The title-track “Back On Track” shows that John is also an extraordinary shouter. The songs “Yesterday’s Gone” and “Stronger Than Ever” prove once again that Shakra just know how to write and produce greatly catchy songs. Last but not least “When I See You“ will be out as the first single. Incredibly recognizable and amazingly touching positive attitude. A hit!
No doubt: Shakra are back – “Back On Track”!