Check out the dude on the cover. That’s TKO front-man, Brad Sinsel. I tell you what, if Sinsel ever came at me in a dark alley looking for a fight… well… I like my chances. Just look at the hilarious way he puts up his dukes. Nice form! Brad looks like he’s never been in a fight in his life, but hey, at least he knocked that topless bimbo out cold! Can I get a “hell yeah!” for domestic violence? Anyone? No? Moving on…
As explained in the liner notes of the 2008 Divebomb Records CD re-issue of In Your Face, this album was actually recorded in 1981, but never saw the light of day until ’84. By the time In Your Face found a record label to release it (Combat Records in the U.S. and Music For Nations Records in the U.K.), Brad Sinsel was the only band member remaining in TKO from the ’81 line-up. Except for Brad, none of the guys on the original LP’s back cover actually played on the album. Those were just the guys in TKO in 1984 when the album came out.
If In Your Face had come out in 1981, when it was originally recorded, it would have been one of the heavier U.S. offerings of the day. On par with the likes of Riot and Y&T. There weren’t really a whole lot of record executives clamoring for heavy music in the United States back in 1981. So I guess that’s why no label bit on TKO. In Your Face was produced (poorly, I might add) by Rick Asher Keefer, the same guy who produced on of my favorite hidden gems of the ’80s, Illusions Kill by Aaronsrod.
My Worthless Opinion: Brad had a cool voice, one likely (mal-)nourished with copious amounts of cigarettes and hard alcohol. In Your Face features rough n’ tumble hard rock/metal that swings a heavy hammer of steel. In Your Face is a little sleazy, a little glam, but mostly just raw power and street-wise bravado. ‘Tis a shame the record was produced without subtlety or fidelity. Brad’s the whole show, and his voice is unfortunately swamped in reverb. No really great songs to speak of, but plenty of good ones and only a couple of throwaways. My score: B