One of Sweden’s longest
running and most respected melodic hard rock
bands are back with a revitalised line-up, a
potent new set of songs and a bright future
as their new opus “HoS” will testify on 27th
Fans of House of Shakira and indeed the
melodic rock community have been eagerly
awaiting the first fruits of the bands
effort with the possessor of one of the best
new melodic rock voices of recent years, new
vocalist ANDREAS NOVAK (solo / ex Mind’s
With “HoS”, Novak’s vocals coupled with the
bands undoubted song writing skill - as
proven on genre classics like “Lint”, “III”
and “First Class” - have delivered on CD the
goods the potential this pairing suggested
on paper. The first thing the listener will
notice is a renewed vigour and swank to the
bands delivery. Throughout “HoS” you will
hear a band enjoying their new incarnation
with a collection of melody infused driving
rock songs paired with the odd tender
Whilst at times there is a heavier edge to
the music, “HoS” is for the most part back
to basics for the band i.e. accessible songs
with a commercial punch built around
infectious vocal melodies. This is material
that is begging to be played live by a band
eager to play it live.
Novak is however not the only new addition
to the band with a new rhythm section
consisting of Basse Blyberg (bass) and
Martin Larsson (drums) replacing the
amicably departed Per Schelander (who helped
pen 4 of tracks on offer) and Tony Andersson.
On the change in personnel, founding member
Anders Lundström comments, “The new
members add new hunger, vitality, passion
and aggressiveness to the band. They also
provided new visions and song writing skills
which have really helped forge our best
album in years”.
The first writing sessions for what became
“HoS” began during summer 2010, with the
band looking at Lundström’s and the then
still present Schelander’s ideas for the two
songs that ultimately became “Fractions of
Love” and “Zodiac Maniac”. It was agreed
that these song fragments needed new
melodies and lyrics so Novak started
presenting lyric and melody ideas which the
band later approved. The rest of the album
was pretty much written the same way,
starting out with instrumental ideas with
Novak adding melodies and lyrics later.
Formed in 1991 and originally working under
the name The Station, the band became House
of Shakira (named after a bordello) in the
mid 90’s and saw the release of their widely
accepted classic debut album “Lint” in 1997.
Further albums “On The Edge”, “III”, “First
Class” and “Retoxed” followed over the
following decade along with numerous live
shows including performances at the Gods and
Firefest Festivals in addition to touring
with the likes of Royal Hunt. Since their
previous release in 2007 the band took stock
of their situation made some hard decisions
and set about making the best album of their
career in “HoS”.
“Eventually time came for us to make a
brand new start. Change was inevitable. We
reflected, recruited and realigned. With our
new crew we easily set sails down the rocky
road again. HoS is now more focused than
ever. This time we are determined to set the
record straight. All aboard!”
01. Brick Wall Falling.
02. Changes In Mind.
03. Carry My Load.
04. Zodiac Maniac.
05. Fractions Of Love.
06. Midnight Hunger.
07. Endless Night.
08. All Aboard!
09. What Goes Around…
10. I’ll Be Gone.
11. Voice In The Void.
12. Lost In Transition.
13. Out Of My Head.
Andreas Novak: Lead vocals.
Mats Hallstensson: Guitar, backing vocals.
Anders Lundström: Guitar.
Basse Blyberg: Bass, backing vocals.
Martin Larsson: Drums.
• Dazzling return to action from one of AOR/Melodic
Rock’s most respected bands.
• First album to feature new vocalist
• House of Shakira are available for
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