Shakra - 'High Noon'



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THE BAND:
Mark Fox – vocals
Thom Blunier – guitar
Thomas Muster – guitar
Dominik Pfister – bass
Roger Tanner – drums



TRACK FRAGMENT:

1.) "Hello" - The intro to this track opens with the full band.  There are two different rhythm guitar arrangements one over the top of the other over the drum and bass line.  As the main body of the intro kicks in the arrangement gets heavier sounding.  More than likely this was due to the fact that Thom & Thomas both start playing the same rhythm guitar arrangement.  There as a very short snare drum fill connecting the intro with the musical verse.  Underneath the first four lyric lines
of the first verse the only music was a hi-hat pattern and a rhythm guitar riff.  Underneath the fifth lyric line the drum and bass line kicks in along with a second rhythm arrangement.  For the second measure of the verse the drum and bass line kicks in along with a second rhythm guitar.  This second rhythm guitar arrangement is different from the one that opened the song.  The two separate rhythm arrangement along with Mark's vocals gives the verse a huge hook.  There was a single rhythm guitar riff connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The musical and lyrical chorus had a huge hook attached to them.  The second verse musically was the same as the first except for the musical rests.  After the second chorus there as a twin lead guitar solo.  After the solo there was a musical breakdown.  Over the top of the breakdown section there was several vocal accents.
2.) "High Noon" - The rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of this intro section consisted of a mean sound.  Over the second measure of the intro section there was a vocal accent.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change.  For the musical verse the band slowed the music down just a little.  The musical verse consisted of to separate rhythm guitar arrangements one was played with a clean guitar effect and the other was played with a distorted effect.  The first few lyric lines of the chorus was played with the guitars, drum and bass all playing the same rhythm arrangement.  The lyric lines of the chorus consisted of a huge hook.  After the last lyric line of the second verse there was a small vocal echo.  After the second chorus there was a small musical and lyrical breakdown.  This breakdown lead to a very melodic lead guitar solo.  The first few notes leading into the third chorus was stereo split.
3.) "Into Your Heart" - This track opened with a basic eighties hard rock intro.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  There was a very simple rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.  The solo started with one guitar then ended with two. There was a minor twin lead guitar solo as the end of the coda.
4.) "Around The World" - This track opens with seven guitar riffs that were stereo spit.  After these seven riffs the main intro kicks-in.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The chorus consisted of one hell of a huge hook.  After the second chorus there was a rhythm guitar riff over the top of a tom-tom pattern.  This lead to a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo consisted of a very melodic feel.  After a few notes into the solo there was a rhythm guitar change.  The coda consisted of a chorus along with a double-bass drum pattern.
5.) "Eye To Eye" - This track opened with two separate blues riffs.  The main musical intro consisted of a very heavy rhythm guitar arrangement.  Underneath the opening lyric line there was a rhythm guitar change. After the first measure of the verse there was a rhythm guitar change.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The chorus consisted of a very huge hook. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a classic eighties hard rock lead guitar solo.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third and fourth choruses.
6.) "Is It Real" - This track opened with three stereo split rhythm guitr riffs before going into the main intro section.  Both guitarists play the same rhythm that opened the song.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main body of the intro section.  The minor solo connected the intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The choruses were amazing!!!!  The second verse and chorus is a repeat of the first.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo breakdown that lead to the lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a small breakdown section.  Underneath fourth chorus there was pick slide that led to a minor lead guitar solo.
7.) "Life's What You Need" - This was an amazing ballad!!!!
8.) "The Storm" - This track consisted of a very intense rhythm guitar arrangement.  For the main body of the intro there was a rhythm guitar change.  Underneath the opening lyric line there was a rhythm guitar change.  The musical change of the chorus consisted of a huge hook.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section.  The song was so intense the guys should have written a twin lead guitar solo for this track.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third and fourth lyric lines. 
9.) "Raise Your Hands" - The rhythm guitar that opened this track consisted of a sweet hook.  After the riff is played once the musical chorus kicks in.  There was a single guitar riff connecting the opening chorus with the first verse.  There was a single rhythm guitar riff in between each verse and chorus.  After the second chorus there was breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the last two choruses         
10.) "Stand Tall" - This track opened with a twin minor lead guitar solo.  The main intro section had a very intense feel to it.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  The musical verse had a huge hook attached to it.  The choruses of this track were amazing! I loved the way they musically arranged the verses on this song.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.     
11.) "Watch Me Burn" - This intro opened with a blues riff.  Over the top of the blues riff there was a minor lead guitar solo.  For the main body they used the same blues riff only with a distorted guitar sound.  The band used basically the same blues riff for the musical verse.  During the musical verse Roger switched from a standard hi-hat pattern to a tom-tom pattern.  The chorus consisted of a huge hook.  After the third chorus there was a rhythm guitar change that lead to a lad guitar solo.     
12.) "Wild And Hungry" -This track from beginning to end had a very intense feel to it.

 

 

    Shakra has let The fox on the run again with their latest release 'High Noon'!  After a nine year absence lead vocalist Mrk Fox's returns to the band to give the band the punch in the face they have missed.  As Chris von Rohr told the band, "If you wanna get back on top you need Mick Fox back".  This may could possibly be the best decision the band could have made!  After comparing 'Nigh Noon' with the bands other releases I have to say this is by far the best!  'Nigh Noon' has a high quality production with great songwriting.  If you are a fan of eighties ha rock/metal then 'High Noon' will make the perfect addition to your CD collection!!!