Ticking Clock

01. Dreamland
02. Drowning Sleep
03. Night Ain't Over
04. Watch over Me
05. Chasing Time
06. Ticking Clock
07. Mooncry
08. Falling into Darkness
09. Awakening

Tomi Fooler - Vocals
Andy "K" Cappellari - Rhytm/Lead Guitar
Davide Piletto - Rhytm/Lead Guitar
Charlie Dho - Bass Guitar
Henry Sidoti - Drums

The Curse of the Avenger (2016)

Guido Benedetti
Jonne Järvelä
Piet Sielck
Jens Ludwig
Tomika Fulida


Released 2017-03-07
Reviewed 2017-03-31

revalve records

I just knew that I had to check out these guys when I saw their recent video on our news site; the Nintendo-scenes in the video for Mooncry where the band visits classic video game scenes are just brilliant. When you see and hear such a thing you know that such an album will be something enjoyable. “Happy metal” says the label in the press sheet for this album called Ticking Clock. Amusing cover artwork, and amusing music is my lasting impression of this album.

The music is of the Helloween school of music, classic heavy/power metal with pretty good production and decent energy. It is a rather amusing album from a band that appears to not be taking themselves overly serious, which is a good thing considering the boring seriousness that plagues both the metal genre and the world in general. But what better way to cope with a world that is burning (according to some) than with a sense of humour? Just look at the video and you know what it is about, and it is about that on nine track and 44 minutes of playing time.

I like this album; it is enjoyable and entertaining while not being very innovative or fresh from a creative perspective. They offer no surprises and as a critic it is difficult not to point that fact out. Power metal fans will really enjoy this album as it presses all the right buttons for such fans. And while I may not have the easiest of times figuring out what to write about it, it is much easier to enjoy the album than to write about it as it doesn’t really stand out much in the grander scheme of things.

This album is good enough to enjoy, not exciting enough to really take to and not great enough to make any sort of major mark in the scrolls of music history. I think we can conclude that Skeletoon offers a good, solid album.




Label: Revalve Records
Three similar bands: Helloween/Freedom Call/Trick or Treat
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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