T.K.O - IN YOUR FACE (1984, MUSIC FOR NATIONS)
Brad Sinsel - vocals
Adam Bremner - guitars
Evan Sheeley - bass
Gary Thompson - drums
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.
'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'.
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.
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
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