House of Shakira
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: October 19th 2007

House of Shakira has been a part of the Swedish hard rock scene for the past 15 years, and 'Retoxed' is their fifth studio album in their career, one which started with the impressive debut album 'Lint' back in 1997.

House of Shakira has always been great representatives of traditional Swedish hard rock with classic hard rock chords, melodic and sticky choruses, great hook-lines and catchy melodies, and 'Retoxed' falls nicely in line with their earlier albums. The songs are up-beat, melodic rock songs with a flair for great harmonies, and the guitar work by the Mats Hallstensson and Andres Lundström is excellent - there's some real first class leads on this album as well as some great harmonies.

In case anyone had doubts about the class of vocalist Andreas Eklund then I suggest you throw this disc in your CD-player, turn up the volume and press play; the album opens with a marvellous piano-vocal intro where Andreas Eklund proves what he is capable of.

First class Swedish hard rock played with style and conviction - party rock all the way baby!
A mandatory purchase for hard rock fans around the globe...

01. Retox
02. Small Town
03. No Faith
04. Crazy but No Fool
05. Life and Death
06. Gabon Viper
07. High Above
08. Red Alert
09. Bloodline
10. Angel Dancer
11. Turkish Nights
Label: Lion Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier / Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 11th 2007