Hailing from the city of Boston Massachusetts is the underground electro-band Powerman 5000. Which earned a small cult following along the East Coast with their debut EP "True Force," and 1995's LP "The Blood Splatting Rating System." Which both appeared on Conscience Records. Two years later in time, the bands moved to Dreamworks (and moved to Los Angeles.) Touring with bands like Marilyn Manson and Korn, and also a shot on a stage at Ozzfest. Powerman 5000 expanded their fan base and led up to the 1997 album that goes by the name of Tonight The Stars Revolt. While promoting this album the band was seen wearing spacesuits and other sci-fi costumes. This album went platinum, with help of the singles "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobodys Real."
Powerman 5000 is: Spider1 (vocals), Dorian27 (bass), AL3 (Drums), Adam12 (guitar), M.33 (guitar).
"Spinning complacently in the darkness, covered and blinded by a blanket of little lives, false security has lulled the madness of this world into a slumber. Wake up!! And eye is upon you, staring straight down and kennly through, seeing all that you are and everything that you can never be. Yes, an eye is upon you, an eye ready to blink. So face forward, with arms wide open and mind reeling. Your future has arrived... are you ready to go?"
That dark, sci-fi spoken paragraph is how this album starts. I never put much thought into it, and tried to figure out what message they are trying to send. Its just a really good example of how cheesy Powerman 5000's lyrics can be. The only reason I don't mind this opener is just because it has a good effect on the beginning of "Supernova Goes Pop." For example; "....Are you ready to go?" Dead silence, then the guitars of Adam12 and M.33 to introduce you to one of the best tracks on this album. Like I said "one" of the best tracks on this album. You still have; When Worlds Collide, Nobody's Real, and Automatic. "When Worlds Collide" follows shortly after "Supernova Goes Pop." And is a really explosive song, and is sure to be the song that is stuck in your head when your done listening to this album. There is no real technical guitar and/or bass work on this album, which might even be a good thing. Putting a fancy guitar solo in the middle of "Tonight The Stars Revolt" would probably be out of place. So this album consists of powerchords, and truly simple hooks here and there.
Alright, for those of you that don't know, or just couldn't figure it out after listening to Spider's vocals. Spider is in fact Rob Zombie's little brother. And he really does sound like a younger....maybe less evolved Rob Zombie. I think Spider still has alot to learn if he's wanting to be as big as older brother Rob Zombie. You might be wondering..."So if Rob is Spider's older brother, then why haven't they ever done a track together?" Well they have, that song is called "Nobody's Real." One of the slower, psychadelic tracks on this album. Rob Zombie does the back-up vocals on here if you listen close enough. And I think that if they would, Rob and Spider would make a really good band together. And would probably sell more albums than Powerman 5000 does. Powerman 5000 does experiment with a little bit of computer sounds here and there, for an example seek the beginning of "Nobody's Real," little bits in "Automatic," and even the cheesy robot talk in "The Son of X-51." But "The Son of X-51." is probably the most overlooked track on this album by people. I think its one of the catchiest tracks with; unlike the rest of the tracks, some quicker style of music. Its bound to keep you on your feet.
Track #10 "Blast Off To Nowhere." Yes another track that actually has Rob Zombie in it, not only doing back-up vocals, but he actually has his own line. Its not typical Rob Zombie though, Rob actually screams "Please just kill me now!" And is probably the worst vocals that ive ever heard from Rob Zombie in my life. Spider sounds better than older brother in this song. This is another decent song, and it actually has a bit of a guitar solo in here. But nothing special at all.
Conclusion: Okay, lets just face it. Rob Zombie inherited the better talented gene's in the family tree. Powerman 5000 released maybe 6 to 8 albums and still haven't got much attention from audiences, maybe thats a sign that they should experiment with something new, maybe a new band. Or just a new sound all together. "Tonight The Stars Revolt" is in fact there somewhat breakthrough album. They broke through the little time when this first came out, but then fell back down after releasing "Anyone For Doomsday?" in 2001. In a typical live Powerman 5000 concert, if I would have to guess 40-50% of the songs that they play, will be songs straight off this album, because that is in fact what people want to hear.