TKO (1981)

TKO (1981)

Divebomb Records is proud to present the first official (re)release of TKO’s classic In Your Face album. Following the success of their 1979 debut, Let It Roll, TKO vocalist Brad Sinsel decidedly moved the band towards a considerably grittier edge and with a new lineup recorded In Your Face in Hawaii in the summer of 1981. Shockingly, this groundbreaking metal classic didn’t see the light of day until 1984 via Combat Records and Music For Nations, at which time it still held up against the flood of metal releases marking metal’s golden era. Indeed, the album is a metal classic by any standard including notable ‘80s hard rock anthems like “I Wanna Fight,” “Give Into The Night,” “End Of The Line” and “Working Girl.” Sadly enough, TKO were continuously plagued by a revolving door of band members and were never really able to capitalize on the strength of the press and fan response to the mammoth stadium rock of In Your Face. It’s now 2008 (fully 27 years after it was recorded) and In Your Face still remains a smash slice of American metal, every bit as swaggering and expensive sounding as records from Ratt, Dokken, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot recorded years later.

A proper release of In Your Face has been long overdue considering the countless bootlegs that have surfaced as well as a miserable attempt to release an inferior version of those sessions. The 2008 Divebomb Records issue contains not only the original version of In Your Face but previously unreleased remixes by original producer Rick Keefer who remixed the tracks before shutting down his studio in 2001.