Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

Powerman 5000 Transform

By Mick Stingley, Contributor
Friday, June 6, 2003 @ 11:16 AM


(DreamWorks)

- advertisement -
Gone are the trappings of art-school costumes and Nu-Rock fantasies as Spider steps out from his older brother’s shadow and gets the lead out with an out-and-out rock album that shows PM5K is a BAND, and force to be reckoned with. The long-anticipated follow-up to Tonight The Stars Revolt (after the scrapped, “Anyone For Doomsday?”), Transform cleverly demonstrates that insanity and a rage to rock just seem to run in the family…

More “Manson” than “Zombie,” but all POWER… Transform suggests the graduation this five-piece has undergone in the last five years. The time away from the spotlight of MTV has only seemed to hasten the need for these guys to demonstrate their hungry “I’ll show YOU!” - ‘in-your-face’ desire to prove themselves. No longer “Nu-“… just “rock.”

Transform leads into the first of 13 no-bullshit all-rock tunes with the cry, “I’M NOT A SPACEMAN…” on “Theme To A Fake Revolution,” and crunches and bounces like The Incredible Hulk in an angry mood. From here on in, this CD makes it difficult for any A&R person to select a number that DOESN’T rock! The ‘transformation’ has begun…

“Free,” “Action,” the Manson-esque “That’s Entertainment”… they might have called this disc “It’s ALL GOOD, Fuckers!”! Awash in guitars and “leads-AHOY!” this is more than just a Spider-One comic-strip sketch book. Drums bash away while Spider stretches his voice and the band adds a much-needed edge to their previous glossy sound. One could easily see this band playing a basement party or blowing out the speakers at Madison Square Garden.

“A Is For Apathy” is Buckcherry-rawk and Sex Pistols nasty. “Transform” comes in the middle of the disc and adds to the kinetic energy, which converts back into kinetic energy with the following “Top Of The World” and “Song About Nothing” as if to show that PM5K is a perpetual-motion machine. Short, tight blasting numbers, now fast-now-slow -- Spider’s voice is rich and the band is heavy, as the band easily carves its way into owning a sound. The second-stage/opening act you once knew has reached its headliner status by tracks 10 and 11 on “Stereotype,” with it’s catchy sing-a-longs… and the throttling leads on “I Knew It.” The last two songs, “Hey, That’s Right!” and “The Shape Of Things To Come” conclude the transformation and offer the promise that there is a future for rock and PM5K. I don’t know if it gets better than this -- but it certainly hasn’t been this good in a while.

Transform is more than just an exercise in rock – it’s a regimen for a new way of life for Powerman 5000.

(Enhanced with videos, too!)

* * * * *


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
CRADLE OF FILTH Existence Is Futile
BEAST IN BLACK Dark Connection
MASSACRE Resurgence
DREAM THEATER A View From The Top Of The World
JAY JAY FRENCH Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘N’ Roll
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, PRONG And OBITUARY In Portland, OR With Photos!
GEMINI SYNDROME 3rd Degree - The Raising
DORO/WARLOCK Triumph And Agony Live
BETWEEN WORLDS Between Worlds
ALCATRAZZ V
BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) Reissue
ALICE COOPER, ACE FREHLEY In Nashville, TN With Photos!
CARNIFEX Graveside Confessions
BLOOD RED THRONE Imperial Congregation
GUS G. Quantum Leap
BILLY IDOL The Roadside EP
AVATAR, MAGIC SWORD In Houston, TX With Photos!
APRIL WINE, MONKEYJUNK At The Ottawa Bluesfest
MINISTRY Moral Hygiene
CRYPTA Echoes Of The Soul
SKILLET In Houston, TX With Photos!
Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Book
IRON MAIDEN Senjutsu
GRINDER BLUES El Dos
GEORGE LYNCH Seamless Review #2
IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK VEIL BRIDES In Houston, TX With Photos!
WARLANDO Festival 2021 Photo Gallery
KISS In Ridgefield, WA With Photos!
LAURENNE/LOUHIMO The Reckoning
TREMONTI Marching In Time
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 3 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 2 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 1 Photo Gallery
CARCASS Torn Arteries
SETH La Morsure de Christ





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2021 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News