Back in 2020, Shakra released the excellent "Mad World". But because of the pandemic situation, the band couldn't tour. But as the band states : " ....Well, we can't go out on stage. But writing new songs? That's possible.....". So Shakra was ready to begin writing songs and the result of all of the band's work can be heard in this new album.
"The Way It Is" kikcs-off things here in a cool old-fashioned way and that means ; big guitars, loud backround vocals, a sing-a-long chorus and powerful performances that makes this song a true highlight! This song also reminded me a lot of Gotthard's earlier works. The much heavier and edgier "The Matrix Unfolds" is just typical and pure ass-kickin' SHAKRA tune at its best! Then, we have the moodier and kinda of darker tune of "Invincible", the up-beat and rockier "On The Wild Side" and "Old Irish Song". All the above mentioned three songs are top-notch stuff and includ strong performances, an up-to-dated vibe, killer guitars and, of course, Mark Fox' superb vocal lines!
All in all, this is a huge record by a great band as SHAKRA is to crank it up and enjoy powerful, edgy, melodic and up-beat music! One of the top 2023 releases!
Songwritting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9