Speedy Gonzalez
Electric Stalker
Release date: January 20th 2006
Label:
AOR Heaven
Distribution:
Soul Food Music Distribution
Website:
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Style:
Melodic Metal
Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by:
Peter Laursen
Date:
December '05

Speedy Gonzales was formed back in 1990 by Thomas Vikström (Talk of the town) and Tommy Denander (Radioactive, Prisoner). In the end of 1990 the band made their first live performance at the huge “December Rock Festival” at Gavlerinken, a big ice hall in Sweden. They obviously blew bands like Candlemass and Pretty Maids off the stage and were promised a great future in every newspaper and Rock magazine. Tommy Denander even won the “Best Guitarist” award in Sweden’s biggest newspaper, Aftonbladet.

Sadly bad feelings had started to grow within the band and in early 1991Tommy Denander left the band and short time after Speedy Gonzales broke up for good. In 2004 Tommy Denander and Thomas Vikström were offered a deal from AOR Heaven to re-record the songs that Speedy Gonzales had recorded back in 1990 for a proper album. Something they both really wanted to do.

So, here they are… Speedy Gonzales with their debut album called, “Electric Stalker”. The line up is:
Thomas Vikström - Vocals
Tommy Denander - Guitars and keyboards
Marcel Jacob (Talisman) - bass
Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) - drums

To me Speedy Gonzales is first class Hard Rock and Melodic Metal. Just think; KISS, RATT, and Judas Priest and I think you got an idea of how Speedy Gonzales sounds like. We get everything on “Electric Stalker”… everything from a beautiful ballad, “Men With Medals”, to very melodic Rock and Hard Rock songs like, “Desires Of The Flesh”, “Free Like An Eagle” (a new version of the Talk of the town hit), and great Melodic Metal tracks. Take a listen to the title-track, “Electric Stalker”, classic Judas Priest is written all over this amazing track. Thomas Vikström’s singing is even very close to Rob Halford on this track. “Dominator” is a mix between Yngwie Malmsteen and Judas Priest, in my opinion. A great up-tempo track.

What’s amazing here on “Electric Stalker” is their sense for really great hooks and melodies as well and this album ends with one of the best songs… in my opinion, of course… an up-tempo track called “Lust and Desires”. This track reminds me of a KISS-song called “I’m Alive”… a fine song to end this fine album.

So; if you are into Hard Rock and Melodic Metal be sure to check Speedy Gonzales out when “Electric Stalker” hit the stores in January.

Recommended tracks: Just press play!