Titan Force

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Although they are most commonly remembered as the band fronted by singer Harry Conklin during his years of separation from American metal stalwarts Jag Panzer -- circa 1988 to 1995 -- Colorado Springs'…
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Although they are most commonly remembered as the band fronted by singer Harry Conklin during his years of separation from American metal stalwarts Jag Panzer -- circa 1988 to 1995 -- Colorado Springs' Titan Force were in fact masterminded by three brothers, Mario (guitar), John (bass, vocals), and Stefan Flores (drums) as far back as 1983. Initially calling themselves simply Titan, the siblings recorded a four-track demo before recruiting guitarist/keyboardist Bill Richardson and taking to local clubs (where they opened a few local Jag Panzer shows, ironically), but it wasn't until Conklin's arrival a few years later that the now renamed Titan Force were given a chance to record their eponymous debut album for independent U.S. Metal Records. Released in 1989, the platter's technically proficient brand of classic metal bridged the stylistic gap between the chart-friendly Queensr├┐che and the more challenging Fates Warning, thus making it palatable to fans of both progressive and power metal. For their follow-up, 1991's Winner/Loser, Titan Force once again displayed respectable songwriting chops while further emphasizing their considerable instrumental prowess, with MVP honors shared by Mario's top-notch shredding and John's dexterous bass runs. But their record company's limited resources did nothing to raise the band's profile, and after concluding a tour of Germany with Anvil and Scene X Dream, Titan Force found themselves on hostile ground back in America, where Nirvana had recently flipped the proverbial table of musical fashion against heavy metal. So after limping along for a few more years, recording the occasional demo to generalized record company disinterest, Titan Force finally fell apart when Conklin reunited with a newly resurrected Jag Panzer. Since then, aside from a few very rare reunion shows (including 2002's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival in Germany), the group has pretty much fallen into obscurity.