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TKO - 1984 In Your Face

ALBUM: In Your Face
LABEL: Music For Nations
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2005, Retrospect Records, RR-115 * 2008, Divebomb Records, DIVE001 * 2016, Rock Candy Records, CANDY317


LINEUP: Brad Sinsel - vocals * Adam Bremner - guitars * Evan Sheeley - bass * Gary Thompson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Wanna Fight * 02 Run Out Of Town * 03 Give Into The Night * 04 End Of The Line * 05 Working Girl * 06 All I Want To Do * 07 Don't Give It Away * 08 I Can Do Without You * 09 So This Is Rock 'n' Roll * 10 Danger City

Heaps of personnel have passed through this Seattle based outfit. All the way through, the one constant has been singer Brad Sinsel. My first run-in with the band was listening to their insipid 'Let It Roll' album from 1979. Awful stuff to be honest, and when a few years later, the band turned up with 'In Your Face', I was expecting more of the same. Hell no.. This is awesome stuff, and about as bruising an album of hard rock as you'll find on the block. Talk about a turn-up for the books! This time around, Sinsel hooks up with guitarist Adam Bremner, aka Adam Bomb, plus future Q5 members Evan Sheeley and Gary Thompson.

The Songs
'I Wanna Fight' opens up with a snarling vocal courtesy of Sinsel, complete with gonzo chants and Def Leppard (circa 'High And Dry') styled rhythms. 'Run Out Of Town' continues the hard driving direction not seen since.. well, the previous track! There's no let up either on 'Give In To The Night' but HM nirvana is met on the stupendous 'End Of The Line', a metal anthem if ever there was one! The early Def Leppard comparison lands again on 'Working Girl' - a song about.. you guessed it.. and it ain't rocket scientists either! The metal grind churns away on 'All I Want To Do' and 'Don't Give It Away', while similarities to cult faves Riot rears it's head on the elusive 'Danger City'.

In Summary
T.K.O followed this up with 1986's 'Below The Belt', but success eluded them, despite the excellence of the material, and the band packed it in. Many moons later, all three T.K.O albums saw a re-release on Metal Mayhem Records, and I think they each include bonus tracks as well. I suspect Brad will look to temporarily breathe some life back into T.K.O in terms of reunion gigs etc, but don't expect a full fledged comeback just yet. In the meantime, track this scorcher down.

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#1 | sabace on March 17 2006 22:19:03
the actual line up for this lp was: adam bomb - guitar, evan sheely - bass, gary thompson - drums
and big bad brad on vocals
#2 | Jokerdean on January 16 2008 15:33:26
Great Stuff..as stated adbove Adam Brenner(BomCool played guitar
on this Killer release. A shame that this was not a big hit
cause it should have been...Holds up very well IMO..
#3 | gdazegod on January 16 2008 23:25:27
I'm not sure where I got the original (and wrong) info for the band lineup (Sinsel, Kristoffersen, Ken Mary etc). I have updated it to the proper lineup, as mentioned in the comments above.
#4 | reyno-roxx on January 17 2008 09:39:12
One of the best hard rock records ever made! The material they recorded between 'Let It Roll' and when this album was eventually picked up by Combat in the States and MFN in Europe is amazing. 'Let It Roll' didn't really show the true quality of the line-up with Tony Bortko on guitar either. The live stuff and demos before and after that album are superb.
It's a pity the line-up pictured on the 'In Your Face' album gets credited for playing on it, as Adam Brenner, Evan Sheely and Gary Thompson did an amazing job. I think Brad was pissed off at the three of them leaving the ship before the deals were gained to release the album two years after it was originally recorded.
By the way, the Japanese release features different cover art and an additional track ('Wild In The Streets'). The girl pictured on the cover shown above was Brad's infamous wife Suzy.
#5 | gdazegod on January 17 2008 09:44:53
Ah, thats where I got the original lineup from. On the back jacket of the Music For Nations LP which I had. I certainly remember Kjartan Kristofferson and Ken Mary being in the pic. Thanks Dave.
#6 | reyno-roxx on January 17 2008 16:00:37
Kjartan and Scott Earl delivered a real peach of an album themselves in the brilliant 'Love Sells' album from The Bang Gang. Now there's another band that should've been absolutely MASSIVE!
#7 | sabace on April 03 2008 19:01:27
Evan Sheely has posted classic TKO videos on Youtube!
#8 | sabace on April 03 2008 19:03:48
The MTM CD release has the original tracks before Brad added keyboards, plus a live gig and some excellent demos.
#9 | dangerzone on February 12 2009 22:15:37
The copy I have has no keyboards which I have heard on other versions of these songs, also 'I Wanna Fight' is missing. I think the originals shoud be give the red light!
#10 | sabace on March 12 2009 13:57:55
there is now an official release on divebomb records in the states, which is awesome!
#11 | gdazegod on September 26 2015 02:59:56
I've been listening to the debut 'Let It Roll', and how I came away with the term insipid and awful is totally out of line.. I can only say back then, I was young, dumb, and stu... misinformed.
#12 | reyno-roxx on September 26 2015 11:31:41
I agree George. After getting hold of the CD reissue of 'Let It Roll' I really appreciated it far more all those years later. There are elements to it that really sound like The Who. The transitional demos between that album and 'In Your Face' are well worth hearing too.
#13 | gdazegod on July 12 2016 03:15:05
It will be interesting to see what the forthcoming Rock Candy reissues sound like. I haven't heard the Divebomb versions, so now I will go on a hunt for them.
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