The 1.21 Gigawatt Club

Label: Scarlet Records
Three similar bands: Helloween/Freedom Call/Trick or Treat

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Intro Unveiling Secrets
02. Holding On
03. Outatime
04. The Pinheads
05. 2204
06. Enchant Me
07. We Don’t Need Roads (The Great Scott Madness)
08. Pleasure Paradise (Oh Là là)
09. The 4th Dimensional Galaxy
10. Eastwood Ravine
11. Johnny B. Goode

Mr. Tomi Fooler - vocals
Andy “K” Cappellari - guitar
Fabrizio “Fabbro” Taricco - guitar
Giacomo “Jack” Stiaccini - bass
Enrico “HenrySydoz” Sidoti - drums

The Curse of the Avenger (2016)
Ticking Clock (2017)
They Never Say Die (2019)

Nemesis (2020)

Simone Bertozzi - guitar
Simone Mularoni - guitar
Alessio Lucatti - keyboards

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio (San Marino)
Artwork by Stan W. Decker

Released 2021-10-15
Reviewed 2021-10-16


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When Skeletoon makes music they venture into the worlds of the nerds, their nerd metal is filled with humour and entertaining elements. It is a band not taking itself too seriously, a requirement for a power metal band that want to make great power metal. Overblown self-importance and seriousness tend to be a moot point for me and I mostly like bands like this Skeletoon or Freedom Call, bands that know that it is impossible to take the power metal too seriously. This Italian band tends to do pop-culture references and I doubt that anyone needs explaining what movie(s) this story comes from – both title and cover is a giveaway.

Musically it is classic power metal, strong melodies and catchiness. The vocalist is good, and the production by Simone Mularoni is excellent as it usually is when he controls the sound. The variation is good, and the nostalgic people get their share with the cover Johnny B. Goode. So, you don’t really need to achieve the 1.21 gigawatts and 88 mph and return to 1985 or 1955, the enjoyment can be had here instead. The playing time is also kept short enough to the ending cover, and that makes this album an excellent production.

Skeletoon is a great band and their music is well worth enjoying, especially if you like power metal. So many great songs on this album, and while you can argue against them on the grounds of their originality, I don’t really see a point to do so. I enjoy this one, and I think that over the last few albums Skeletoon has evolved to one of the greatest in their genre. They make music with humour and great songs, not taking themselves too seriously, what else can you ask for?

This is just great; I think you should check it out. For a power metal fan to miss this one would be kind of a mortal sin, this is another excellent showcase from one of the greats of the power metal genre. Skeletoon just keeps delivering the goods, and we metal fans can enjoy their efforts over and over. You should not miss this one, it is a brilliant power metal album that takes flight in a DeLorean – how about that for quality?