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Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, US
GenresThrash metal, speed metal, power metal
Years active1984–1990, 2007–present
LabelsReprise Records
Century Media Records
Pentacat Records
MembersJoel DuBay
Jeff Litke
Todd Haug
Dirk Verbeuren

Powermad is an American speed metal band, formed in Minneapolis in 1984. The group has been called "An innovative and often forgotten speed metal band...who infused progressive metal styles and European styles into abstract American speed metal." The band's intricate riff formulations were heavily influenced by thrash metal acts like Metallica and Testament. Vocalist Joel DuBay's singing is easily recognizable with his mixture of singing and high screams.


Powermad formed in 1984 in Minneapolis and released an EP with demos on Combat Records in 1986.

They subsequently signed to Reprise Records and released The Madness Begins... in 1988. The release was mainly distributed via a promotional ad featured in some of the most popular metal magazines of the era. Readers were able to clip this ad and mail it in to Reprise for a free cassette copy of The Madness Begins.... A video for the song "Terminator" was aired on MTV at this time.

Their first and only full-length album until 2015, Absolute Power, was released in 1989. Other than a US tour opening for Overkill, a video featured on MTV of their single "Nice Dreams" and a strange cameo appearance in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart (where they go from playing their own music to Elvis Presley's with Nicolas Cage singing), Powermad never really achieved notable commercial success. Their releases in the 80s, however, were critically acclaimed and are considered collectors items today by fans of thrash and speed metal music.

In 2007 Powermad resumed touring and started working on a new full-length CD to be released sometime in the future. On February 9, 2008 the band updated their blog on MySpace with a link to download The Madness Begins... and Absolute Power as unprotected mp3s - these have since been removed. On June 23, 2011 Powermad updated their official website with a new design, and an announcement. A new song called Souls Descending was released on their website, and it was made available for download (music video, ogg and mp3) and on YouTube. The downloads are not available anymore, but the video is still on their YouTube channel. In the same update back in 2011 Powermad also announced that Dirk Verbeuren is now the band's drummer.

In late June 2015 the band announced their new proper Facebook page, and in October they announced a new website for their new album release.

The record Infinite, released on October 9, 2015, is a thrash metal attack with a modern sound and a lot of energy. The tracks were recorded in various studios (666 Studio, Assembly Line Studios and Die Crawling Studio), and all lyrics are written by Joel DuBay.

On the official Infinite-website media (CD, vinyl and digital downloads), merchandise and bundles are made available for people in the US. People outside the US need to order physical editions from Electric Fetus. In addition to Infinite on Electric Fetus, digital versions of The Madness Begins... and Absolute Power are also made available there.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Joel DuBay - vocals, guitar (1984-)
  • Todd Haug - guitar (1984-)
  • Jeff Litke - bass (1984-)
  • Dirk Verbeuren - drums (2011-)

Former members[edit]

  • Bill Hill - guitar (1984)
  • Adrian Liberty - drums (1984–90)
  • John Macaluso - drums (1989)
  • Dodd Lowder - drums (2007-2011)


Year Title Label Other information
1986 Powermad Combat Records EP, Released as part of the Combat Boot Camp series that put bands' demos on vinyl
1988 The Madness Begins... Reprise Records EP, Recorded and mixed at Paisley Park Studios
1989 Absolute Power Reprise Records Full-length album
1999 Combat Boot Camp Century Media Records Compilation CD split with demos from Have Mercy and Napalm
2015 Infinite Pentacat Records Full-length album

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