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The Best of 2017 (Feature)

The Best of 2017 (Feature)

First of all, hello, and welcome to Decibel Geek. For the uninitiated, we are a hard rock/heavy metal website and weekly podcast. Decibel Geek began as a weekly podcast presented by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro and has consequently grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photo galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our website team encompasses some 40 authors and contributors…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

My Top 10 Albums of 2017 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Be sure to check out the Decibel Geek website contributor’s collective compilation of the top albums: Best of 2017 Article As 2017 quickly approaches its conclusion, I find it appropriate to reflect on almost 150 new releases of music that I have discovered over the course of the year. Admittedly, my favorites tend to be from the Melodic Rock and Symphonic Metal genres. Regardless, I am proud to present my Top Ten for 2017. To…

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SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (Album Review)

SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (Album Review)

Late to the party on this fantastic Swiss export, I only joined the Shakra ranks on the High Noon album. From there it was all aboard the Shakra express! I began collecting Shakra‘s recorded offerings. While I still haven’t amassed them all, everything I have managed contains tons of top quality hard rock. The band began in the late 90s with the self-titled debut in 1997. From there the band has issued ten studio outputs…

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SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (November 24, 2017)

SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (November 24, 2017)

Roll the dice! On November 24th, Shakra will release their new studio album Snakes & Ladders via AFM Records. As in the game with the same title, the goal is to climb to the top. This is what Shakra as a band also have in mind. It’s been almost 2 years since High Noon was released, the comeback album with former lead singer Mark Fox back on the microphone. High Noon made it to #2 in the Swiss album…

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SHAKRA – Bern Switzerland 2017 (Photo Gallery)

SHAKRA – Bern Switzerland 2017 (Photo Gallery)

On March 3, 2017, Decibel Geek‘s Shawn “Animalize” Irwin was on hand in Bern, Switzerland for these captures of Swiss heroes Shakra. As a part of the Monsters of Rock Switzerland bill that included Krokus and Gotthard, Shakra blew the crowd away. Two shows took place with this event. The first in Bern and the second in Zurich the next night. It is said that during the first rehearsals even the cows on the Swiss…

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The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

The Best of 2016 (Decibel Geek Staff Picks)

Hello, and welcome to Decibel Geek. For the uninitiated, we are a hard rock/heavy metal website and weekly podcast. Decibel Geek began as a weekly podcast presented by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro and has grown into what you find here today. Alongside the weekly issued, absolutely free podcast episodes, our website features photograph galleries from live events around the world as well a direct feed to our YouTube channel, DBGTV. Our writing team encompasses some…

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My Top 10 Albums of 2016 – Shawn “Animalize” Irwin

Another year has passed with new music and what a year it has been. With over 100 releases for me to go through to try and break it down to my personal top 10 favorite, wasn’t easy! As a fan of different styles of music, it was hard to pick what I feel as my Top 10. One day it might be some heavier music where other days more melodic. So many other great releases came…

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BRIAN RONALD’s Top 10 CDs of 2016

Brian Ronald’s Top 10 CDs of 2016 for Decibel Geek Decibel Geek photographer extraordinaire, Brian Ronald chimes in on the album race with Brian Ronald’s Top 10 CDs of 2016. For his list he compared a total of 149 releases to acheive these ten best. #10- Miss Behaviour – Ghost Play It’s another top 10 again for these Swedish faves of mine. If not for this being a late release it could’ve climbed higher! Decibel…

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SHAKRA – High Noon (Album Review)

SHAKRA – High Noon (Album Review)

Swiss rockers Shakra are back, all guns blazing with their new release High Noon. They brought back vocalist Mark Fox who has been absent since just after their 2009 release Everest. Fox took over from the original vocalist Pete Wiedmer and quickly became a force in Shakra. When Fox left, John Prakesh stepped in to take over the vocals and did an awesome job with albums Back On Track and Powerplay. April 23rd, 2014 Prakesh…

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Shakra – High Noon (February 05, 2016)

Shakra – High Noon (February 05, 2016)

Finally, there’s official news from the Shakra camp: The fox is on the run again – Mark Fox is back together with Shakra! Chris von Rohr said the following after former singer John Prakesh left the band in early 2014: “Let’s bring back together what belongs together”. That being said, it took a while till the early disputes had been put aside but in late summer of 2014 it was clear to everyone that it…

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