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Powerman 5000 is a Boston-based heavy metal band formed in 1989. Frontman Spider One (Michael Cummings) is the younger brother of Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings).

Lineup includes Spider One (vocals), Evan9 and Velkro (guitar), X51 (bassist), and GFlash (drums).

In 1990, Spider dropped out of art school and bought a cheap 4-track home studio and drum machine. Working under the title "MC Spider", he recorded "Much Evil" with producer Lamar Lowder. Building on local success, he built a band under the name Powerman 5000. Their style was in the nature of rap/metal that had yet to gain popularity. In 1991, longtime guitarist Adam 12 (Adam Williams) joined the band. In 1994 and 1995, Powerman released two independent records, True Force and The Blood Splat Rating System. Both albums were local successes.

In 1997, the band signed to Dreamworks Records and released a re-recording of The Blood Splat Rating System
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POWERMAN 5000 The Blood Splat Rating System album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Blood Splat Rating System
Nu Metal 1995
POWERMAN 5000 Mega!! Kung Fu Radio album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Mega!! Kung Fu Radio
Nu Metal 1997
POWERMAN 5000 Tonight the Stars Revolt! album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Tonight the Stars Revolt!
Nu Metal 1999
POWERMAN 5000 Anyone for Doomsday? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anyone for Doomsday?
Nu Metal 2001
POWERMAN 5000 Transform album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Alternative Metal 2003
POWERMAN 5000 Destroy What You Enjoy album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Destroy What You Enjoy
Hard Rock 2006
POWERMAN 5000 Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere
Non-Metal 2009
POWERMAN 5000 Copies Clones & Replicants album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Copies Clones & Replicants
Non-Metal 2011
POWERMAN 5000 Builders of the Future album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Builders of the Future
Industrial Metal 2014
POWERMAN 5000 New Wave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Wave
Industrial Metal 2017

POWERMAN 5000 EPs & splits

POWERMAN 5000 True Force album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
True Force
Funk Metal 1994
POWERMAN 5000 The Korea EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Korea EP
Nu Metal 2006

POWERMAN 5000 live albums

POWERMAN 5000 demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

POWERMAN 5000 A Private Little War album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Private Little War
Funk Metal 1994

POWERMAN 5000 re-issues & compilations

POWERMAN 5000 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Volume 1 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Volume 1
Nu Metal 2004

POWERMAN 5000 singles (1)

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Tokyo Vigilante #1 / 20 Miles to Texas 25 to Hell
Nu Metal 1997

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POWERMAN 5000 Mega!! Kung Fu Radio

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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"If they ask ya' what, tell'em file under action"

Before Powerman 5000 went in an industrial metal direction, they crafted a unique sound like no other and defined the variety of nu metal at its core. They blended hip hop, their own stoner-sounding rapping, knockout metal grooves, funky bass, 70's metal style soloing, varied percussion, and more in a seamless mix. Incredibly fun too, perfectly both creative and entertaining. It's like Clutch making a nu metal album.

Mega!! Kung Fu Radio is booming with personality, infectious hooks, heavy grooves, high energy, and Spider One's deadpan delivery of abstract lyricism. What separates Powerman from other rap metal bands is how perfectly they play in both genres. They aren't just rapping over metal riffing, they're blending chunky metal grooves with funky hip hop rhythms seamlessly like they were meant for each other. It's a perfect way to get a metal fan into hip hop, or vice-versa.

I love this whole album, so it's hard to really highlight any particular song, describing the sound as a whole is a lot easier. However, Organizized, 20 Miles to Texas 25 to Hell, Standing 8, and hidden track File Under Action are some particular favorites if I had to choose. File Under Action is the purest hip hop track on the album, with a perfect use of a droning atmosphere and effective placement of guitar riffing and feedback that's made ultra-heavy whenever it appears. Spider One carries great flow throughout the album, but this is among his best performances.

The 90's were an incredibly creative time for music, and Powerman 5000 shows some of the best part of that for both the world of metal and hip hop.

POWERMAN 5000 Destroy What You Enjoy

Album · 2006 · Hard Rock
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Before giving it a fair and honest chance, I had actually avoided listening to this album for a while. After hearing that the style and line-up changed dramatically and then hearing the song 'Wild World' on the radio I was ready to be dissapointed, this wasn't going to sound like the same band that captured my imagination back when I was only a little kid.

I feared that the album would be watered down one step too far, with their previous record Transform, Powerman 5000 had already altered their basic formula a little to incorporate more of a melodic American Radio rock element into the precedings, and I was a little worried that Destroy What You Enjoy would be just plain bad when they band got too far away from their musical roots.

When I actually got around to listening to it fairly and as objectively as I could manage, I decided that this is quite a good album indeed. It is well produced, full of simple and catchy tunes, and there is actually an artistic depth to the album that is only shared in their catalougue by the aforementioned Transform album.

If you just want an album that sounds like the platinum-selling Tonight The Stars Revolt album, then you will be undeniably disappointed and probably shouldn't pay this record too much attention. If however you are willing to look past the actual stylistic direction and give it a fair shot to stand or fall on its own merits then you may be pleasantly surprised. It is definitely different, but that doesn't necessarily mean that its not good.

POWERMAN 5000 Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere

Album · 2009 · Non-Metal
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Powerman 5000 are a band that are a lot of fun; who write good, concise songs with interesting lyrics and who like to entertain their audience. If you expected anything artistic or deep you were being a little unrealistic, Powerman 5000 are a band who just write music that is simple, accessible, entertainment.

Realistically, if you like Spider One’s voice and vocal style and you enjoyed the Band’s early work you will almost certainly enjoy this album, however it would be an exaggeration to give the album high praise.

Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere sees the band returning in some ways to the style on Tonight The Stars Revolt and Anyone For Doomsday? which many fans like myself will appreciate and is the source of the album getting slightly better reviews than it actually deserves but the album is not an exact replica of their Nu Metal style and features much of the post Transfrom sound too, as well as some things which are entirely new.

Some of the music is very good indeed, and will doubtlessly become an integral part of the band’s live show for years to come. One such example is ‘Show Me What You Got,’ which is an electronics laden up tempo number with a chunky guitar part that exemplifies everything that was great about the band. Another highlight is ‘V is for Vampire,’ which is one of the most fun tracks the band have released this side of the millennium.

The best song on the album has to be ‘Make Us Insane,’ which seemed to be created specifically for advertising action films and wrestling pay-per-views but has yet to become outplayed like the tracks which are actually used to advertise such things.

One negative thing about the album is the sparse, empty sounding production which apart from a few distortion guitar parts sounds largely sterile and detracts a lot of the energy which was obviously intended to be present.

Another negative thing about the album is its short length, rather than seeming focused and concise it just feels like it ended too soon, as if it was only one half of a set or that the band were forced to put the album out before all of it was completed.

The album is alright for a bit of nostalgia or for a quick bit of easy listening fun but ultimately it is a little more disposable and unrewarding than you may expect after having heard about the direction of the music.

In summary Somewhere On The Other Side of Nowhere has some good music and the direction of the music is what the fans wanted, however the finished album is only a short 33 minutes and ultimately pretty throw away. This album isn’t likely to become a classic.

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