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Dareforce - 1989 Firepower

ARTIST: Dareforce
ALBUM: Firepower
LABEL: Logic
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2003, Metal Mayhem Music, MM00040


LINEUP: Brian Bart - guitars, keyboards * John O'Neil - guitars * Karl Young - vocals * Dean Vallecillo - bass * Paul Peterson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand Alone * 02 Firepower * 03 Cold And Lonely Nights * 04 Times Just A Circle * 05 Hold On Tight * 06 Middle Of The Night * 07 Walkin' Out The Door * 08 Give Ya All My Lovin' * 09 Name Of The Game * 10 Evil Woman


A long standing favourite among the local area bands coming out of the Minneapolis scene during the eighties. The city, famous for bringing us the likes of Prince, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and more recently Brian McDonald, and Knight Crawler, also had among its ranks some lesser known outfits: Chameleon featuring keyboard new age god Yanni and Dugan McNeil, plus Dareforce - among the minority. Dareforce's history goes way back into the late seventies, and at one stage the band had among their personnel - drummer Johnnie Bolin, brother of the late Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple), as well as vocalist David Reece who later found fame with Accept and the shortlived Bangalore Choir. However, the mainstays of the band have always been guitarists Brian Bart and John O'Neil. The band even had a couple of regionally released albums (namely 'Dareforce' - 1984 and 'Makin' Our Own Rules' - 1985), in much the same way as Airkraft did in the neighboring state of Wisconsin. They took a break, and reunited for their third effort 'Firepower' in 1989, with the addition of Young, Vallecillo (replacing Brian Lorenson) and Peterson to the ranks.

The Songs
For those of you who are fans of Arizona's favourite sons Icon, then you'll find a home with these guys - even if they are halfway across the continent. That's just a general comparison, but it hits home on most tracks. The Clifford/Wexler flavour is evident on the opener 'Stand Alone' plus the immense rocker 'Walkin' Out The Door'. 'Cold And Lonely Nights' is great hooky melodic rock while the blues harmonica howler 'Times Just A Circle' is a contrast of sorts. 'Hold On Tight' has all the hallmarks of that early eighties L.A metal scene, slightly derivative but high on energy nonetheless. 'Middle Of The Night' is a fairly dramatic and dark sounding affair - similar in ways to Chicago outfit Jamilya. The twisted synth and guitar solos are off the planet. 'Give Ya All My Lovin' is straight-ahead rock n roll, followed by the compelling melodic rock of 'Name Of The Game'. In the vein of LA metal a la Malice, is the album closer 'Evil Woman' which is full-on and kick-ass.

In Summary
The album saw a posthumous but limited release on CD during 1993, allowing keen melodic rock collectors to investigate what Minneapolis residents have known for years! These days Brian Bart is better known as a producer, and also a collaborator with Night Ranger pal Kelly Keagy. His credits are numerous, but perhaps not so well known outside of the Minnesota territory are his deeds with Dareforce. In much the same way as Detroit's faves Adrenalin have gotten back together, Dareforce as at July 2002 have recently undertaken some reunion gigs and released a few new songs for fun, according to an email from the man himself - Brian Bart. As at 2006, they even released a brand new CD - 'World Run Amok'. Nice to know they are still in operation.

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