Artist: "Powerman 5000"
Album: "Transform"
Genre: Metal
Label: Dreamworks Records

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 3/24/2008

Review: Back in high school, I really enjoyed Powerman 5000 in part because it was the sort of heavy industrial music you'd hear from bands like Static X and, understandably, Rob Zombie. Imagine my excitement when I heard that the band was turning out another CD in the summer of '03.

The band's first few CDs were definitely more industrial-sounding, whereas in Transform, the band started taking on more of a punk feel to it. The songs are still pretty catchy, but vocalist Spider started working in odd cultural references and the occasional political jab in place of his previous obsession with old sci fi stuff.

In a way, I suppose longtime fans of the band can look at this album as the first signs that the band was getting further away from its original metal roots and heading deeper into punk territory. Nothing wrong with punk, mind you, but the problem with having a drastic change in what musical genre your band plays can feel a bit like a slap in the face to the people who helped you make it in the beginning.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

That damn kid
Mar 24th, 2008, 05:00 PM
Yea powerman owned and so did their music videos.
poop turtle
Mar 24th, 2008, 08:41 PM
the early stuff is really funky and somewhat nu metal. new stuff however does not stick with you long, its sad tho because they were cool but much like sugar ray..... its better to burn out than fade away
Mar 24th, 2008, 09:11 PM
Powerman is to Metallica as Metallica is to ?????
Mar 24th, 2008, 09:21 PM
Eh. Should have stuck with the space man schtick.
James Brown in hiding
Mar 25th, 2008, 04:13 AM
Spider One shoulda stopped copying his brother and sucking so hard. If you are going to copy Rob Zombie at least do it from the White Zombie days so you could actually dance to it instead of that industrial, techno, yet "totally not techno because we don't like the music of the jocks that used to stuff us in lockers in high school" crap that his music became.
Funky Dynamite
Mar 25th, 2008, 08:23 PM
Originally Posted by Zoghurt View Post
its sad tho because they were cool but much like sugar ray..... its better to burn out than fade away
They're like Sugar Ray? Ouch.
Fookin' up planets!
Mar 26th, 2008, 02:01 AM
D-Mon is back again taking his testosterone out on the poor "Sissy industrial kids".
Well, I gotta get back to crying in the shower while listening to Ministry's "Everyday is Halloween" while washing out my cuts from self mutilating.
James Brown in hiding
Mar 28th, 2008, 04:37 AM
Captain Pirateface is back talking like Testosterone is a bad thing. While he's crying in the shower I'll be out shooting guns and having sex. Enjoy your techno.. er sorry.. Industrial.