Leaves’ Eyes has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. The whole operatic female fronted metal band concept has always intrigued me since Nightwish hit the scene so many years ago. I wasn’t entirely sure what I thought about it from the first listen, but as time progressed I came to love it more and more.
Bottom line is that they still rock hard and yes while Powerplay may bit a diverse in spots, the overall feel still tickles my tummy with Melodic/Hard Rock riffing and good times vibes. While it is perfectly clear that Shakra has evolved from just plain rocking tunes to in some tracks a more modern commercial sound, the overall feel of the record is still distinctively theirs and their sound in bulk has not changed.