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Current/Last POWERMAD Lineup:
Joel duBayvocal, guitar
Todd Haugguitar
Jeff Litkebass guitar
Dirk Verbeurendrums

Previous Members:
Dodd Lowderdrums
Adrian Libertydrums
Bill Hillguitar, back-vocal
John Macalusodrums

Rob duBayback-vocal
Jeff Rolandback-vocal
We thank the following people:
Jeff Roland - Powermad information
POWERMAD Discography:
(a link on an album can have a floating small review from here)
Band status: The World Speed / Power / Melodic Metal list supported.
Absolute Power (demo)'1987
The Madness Begins...'1988
Absolute Power'1989
Souls Descending'2011
Compilations, splits, etc.:
Additional information
From Jeff Roland (04.01.2011):
Former member was Bill Hill. Bill was a founding member of the band (with Joel, who was called "Joe" then). Bill wrote or co-wrote nearly everything the band released through Absolute Power, though in true major label form he's only credited for a handful of songs (Absolute Power, Failsafe, BNR and Blind Leading the Blind). At any rate, he appears on both the 1985 and 1987 demos. He left the band after the latter and was replaced by Todd.
I (Jeff Roland) helped with backing vocals on The Madness Begins's Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment and am credited on the EP's back jacket ("Jeff Roland appears courtesy of Jeff Roland Productions"). Similarly for Joe's brother, Rob, on Absolute Power. He helped with backing vocals on the song Absolute Power and was credited in the same way in the liner notes.
About the the first demo: I have both a cassette copy labeled by Joe and the eventual Combat release of that demo on the Bootcamp imprint (which, BTW, differs slightly from the actual demo - IIRCC, Chasing the Dragon fades out early on the Combat release).
There was a second demo, recorded I think in late '86 or early '87. (I remember it was cold when we loaded the gear into the studio for those sessions. But hell, it's often cold in Minnesota.) The tracks on that demo were Slaughterhouse, Failsafe, and Absolute Power. This demo was never released. It was used to secure a deal with Celluloid Records. The band recorded Absolute Power (the album), now with Todd Haug in the band in place of Bill Hill, for Celluloid. But WEA bought out their contract before Celluloid released it. I have a copy of that version of the Absolute Power album on cassette, probably pre-mastering. The band then re-recorded the Absolute Power album for Reprise, but only after recording and releasing The Madness Begins... EP for Reprise. This version of the Absolute Power album has John Macaluso on drums for all tracks except Failsafe (which he was unable to play), and it suffers for that. The Celleloid version of Absolute Power handily kicks the ass of the Reprise version on every level except production, largely because of the difference in the drumming. Adrian's drumming was the soul of Powermad. Thank producer Tim Bomba for f*cking this up.

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