A tenacious Swiss melodic hard rock/heavy metal crew, Shakra emerged in the late '90s and found success in Europe in 2001 with their third full-length effort, Power Ride. Despite enduring multiple lineup changes over the years, the band has endured for over two decades, releasing dozens of well-received albums like Everest (2009), Powerplay (2013), and Mad World (2020) that balance blazing riffs, fist-pumping melodies, and crisp production with plenty of attitude.
Formed in 1997, Shakra went through a number of lineup changes (including a vocalist change when the bands' momentum was just gaining attention) but managed to persevere and keep going for decades. Their first album, 1998's Shakra, and its follow-up, 1999's Moving Force, were strong enough to earn them support slots touring with bands like Great White and Uriah Heep. Real progress was being made with their third album, Power Ride (2001), which found favor in Western Europe, but unfortunately a health situation forced the departure of vocalist Pete Wiedmer. Mark Fox stepped in to fill the frontman role, and the band recorded and released Rising in 2003. Shakra was a hit on German and Swiss charts, and toured extensively in support of their work. After many live shows and tours with Hammerfall and Stratovarius, Shakra released Infected in 2007, followed by the hard-hitting Everest in 2009, the latter of which would be the last outing for Mark Fox, who was replaced by new vocalist John Prakesh shortly after the album's release. Prakesh made his studio debut on 2011's Back on Track, but left the fold in 2014 after the release of 2013's Powerplay. Mark Fox rejoined the band for their tenth long-player, 2010's High Noon, and continued to front the group on subsequent efforts Snakes & Ladders (2017) and Mad World (2020). ~ Chris True & James Christopher Monger