"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1997
From: Bern, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Shakra News

Below is our complete Shakra news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Shakra Releases New Single "I Will Rise Again"

Swiss melodic metal act Shakra is streaming the new single "I Will Rise Again." The song appears on the band's upcoming new album "Snakes & Ladders" coming November 10th via AFM Records.

The album's artwork can be viewed in the player below and the track list is as follows:

1. Cassandra’s Curse
2. Friday Nightmare
3. Snakes & Ladders
4. Something You Don’t Understand
5. The Seeds
6. Rollin‘
7. Medicine Man
8. I Will Rise Again
9. Open Water
10. The Race Of My Life
11. Fire In My Veins
12. The End Of Days

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Shakra Says "Hello" With New Music Video

Swiss hard rock act Shakra released a music video for the new single "Hello." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "High Noon," which is scheduled for release on January 29th, 2016 (EUR) and February 5th, 2016 (USA) via AFM Records.

"High Noon" features the return of vocalist Mark Fox, who left the band in 2009 after the release of "Everest." He was replaced by John Prakesh, who then departed in 2014.

1. Hello
2. High Noon
3. Into Your Heart
4. Around the World
5. Eye to Eye
6. Is It Real
7. Life's What You Need
8. The Storm
9. Raise Your Hands
10. Stand Tall
11. Watch Me Burn
12. Wild and Hungry More...

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Shakra To Release "Best Of" Album

Swiss hard rockers Shakra have disclosed their latest plans for releasing a "Best Of" album, which will be titled “33 - The Best Of” and it set to arrive on May 9th via AFM Records. The double album includes 30 Shakra classics and 3 brand new songs.

Check out the cover artwork below. You can also watch the band's video for "Save You From Yourself" at this location. More...

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New Music Video Posted By Shakra

Swiss hard rock band Shakra posted a new music video for the track "Save You From Yourself." The song appears on the band's eighth studio LP "Powerplay," which is available now through AFM Records.

Check out the video here:

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Shakra Posts Trailer For New LP "Powerplay"

Swiss hard rock band Shakra posted a trailer for the band's upcoming eighth studio LP "Powerplay." The album is scheduled to drop on January 11, 2013 through AFM Records.

The tracklisting for "Powerplay" is as follows:

1. Life Is Now
2. The Mask
3. Higher
4. Wonderful Life
5. Dear Enemy
6. Save You from Yourself
7. Don't Keep Me Hanging
8. Dream of Mankind
9. Stevie
10. Because of You
11. Secret Hideaway
12. Too Good to Be True

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Shakra Announces New Vocalist, John Prakesh

Swiss hard rock band SHAKRA has announced their new singer, John Prakesh:

"After many weeks of intensive searching for a new singer, we are now very happy to announce that we finally found our new frontman. It is the Swiss guy JOHN PRAKESH who originates in India! John lives in Zuzwil(SG), is 30 years old and was the lead singer of the Hardrock band 'Prakesh' up to now."

"John has left behind more than 100 competitors (some of them very prominent) and impressed us in many ways! On one hand, we are totally delighted with the sound of John's voice and his singing skills. On the other hand, he is a really nice, open-minded guy with a good sense of humor! We have now worked with John in the Studio as well as in the rehearsal room, and also had some longer conversations. We couldn't be happier when looking ahead into the future! Welcome JOHN PRAKESH!" More...

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Shakra Singer Departs, Replacement Sought

Shakra singer Mark Fox has departed and the band is now seeking a replacement. Here's what the band had to say about the situation:

"Quite recently, we were informed by Mark about his intention to leave the band by the end of October and we took note of it.

"Mark feels that some of the contractual agreements between the band and their business environment are too much to his disadvantage.

"The remaining four band members however don’t see themselves put in a disadvantage by their business partners. On the contrary, it is not least thanks to the management, booking-agency and record label’s professional contribution that the success of SHAKRA was made possible.

"All band members have been able to harvest the fruits of the hard work they’ve done for us in the past years. It is only natural that people around the band earn money for this too.

"We wish Mark all the best for his private and musical future.

"It is important for us to let the SHAKRA-Fans know, that we consider our chosen path to be the right one and that we will continue to follow this way with all that lies in our power. After Mark’s departure, we will continue to work together with the same business partners and keep our passion – SHAKRA – burning, with a new singer on our side."

"Due to Mark will leave SHAKRA this fall, we’re looking for a new singer! If you think you’re our man send a demo-song or just an e-mail! infos@shakra.ch"

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Shakra Posts New Music Video, "Why," Online

Swiss hard rockers, SHAKRA, have posted a new video clip for the song "Why," which comes off their new album, "Everest." The video can be viewed here. "Everest" will be released on April 17th via AFM Records. The album will be available as a standard CD and a limited edition digipak, which includes a bonus track, entitled "Mystery," and 2 video clips. More...

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Shakra Enters the Studio

Shakra’s record label, AFM records, have issued the following update about the band:

"The guys from Shakra will enter the swiss 'Powerride-Studios' in the beginning of September to start with the recordings of their new album. The working title of the new album will be 'Everest.' All bass tracks will be recorded by the new Shakra bass player Dominik Pfister."

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Shakra Announce New Bassist

Swiss hard rockers SHAKRA have announced the addition of bassist Dominik Pfister to the group's ranks. Acording to the band, Dominik is "21 years old and lives in Allmendingen (in the Canton of Bern, just like the rest of the band). We are happy to announce that we found a very capable bassist and new bandmate in him! However, for the (already announced) upcoming gigs Oliver [Linder, previous bassist] will still be playing with us. Dominik's first concert will be announced in due time."

SHAKRA released its sixth album, "Infected," in the U.S. on September 11, 2007 via Locomotive Records.

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Shakra Seeking New Bassist

German hard rockers SHAKRA have issued the following update:
"Shakra bass player Oliver will leave the band because of private reasons. He will stay in the band as long as his band mates will find a new bass player. Anyone who is interested in this job can contact the band under shakra@gmx.ch."

In a statement, Oli wrote: “We split up on amicable terms. There were no musically or personally differences and I left the band because of private reasons only”.

You can read his full statement here.

Upcoming Shakra tour dates can be found here.

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Shakra Announce Headlining Tour Dates

Following the chart success of their latest album, Infect - which entered the Swiss charts at #7 and the German charts at #86 - German hard rockers SHAKRA have announced the following live dates:

29 - Bonn, Germany - Klangstation
30 - Weert, Netherlands - M.C De Bosuil

1 - Hamburg, Germany - Ballroom
2 - Verviers, Belgium - The Spirit of 66
4 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
5 - Kircheheim, Germany - Music & Action
6 - Obermarchtal, Germany- Kreuz
8 - München, Germany - Georg- Elser- Halle

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Godiva Signs To Mausoleum Records

MAUSOLEUM RECORDS have signed GODIVA to a record deal. GODIVA, now fronted by ex-VICTORY vocalist, FERNANDO GARCIA, will rush-release their third album entitled "Destruction" on Friday, September 28, to coincide with the start of their European tour with SHAKRA. Razorblade sharp riffs, screaming guitars, pounding drums and crystal clear high-pitched vocals are the main ingredients of "Destruction".

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:

Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing

Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)

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