Powerman 5000
Tonight the Stars Revolt


4.0
excellent

Review

by bentheREDfan USER (76 Reviews)
April 6th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fun, if campy, romp through sci-fi tropes and heavy detuned guitar riffs.

Tonight The Stars Revolt! is a fun, if campy, romp through sci-fi tropes and heavy detuned guitar riffs. Lyrically, it's more substantial than most would give it credit for, and musically, this is a head-banger and raver. It may not be the most original of works, especially for the era in which it appeared, but it's worth a few listens.

Speaking of lyrics, this album clearly takes cues from old-school science fiction paraphernalia. If the steam-punk influenced album cover and outfits didn't tip you off, the song titles should. "Supernova Goes Pop". "Blast Off to Nowhere". "System 11:11:". This isn't an album that digs deep into your psyche and moves you too much, but that's not to say the lyrics aren't entertaining, exciting, or at least slightly thought-out. This is, to some degree, a concept album, one in which the protagonist journeys through the soundscapes that Spider One and company have crafted. Spider's vocals, by the way, are absolutely perfect to carry this story; unstable, harsh, snaking, in-your-face. The story details a revolution against some sort of oppressive regime, of course all detailed in sci-fi lyrics. The revolution begins when the protagonist decides to leave the materialism of his contemporaries around him and is awakened by the explosion of the supernova ("Supernova Goes Pop"), then it shifts to the protagonist realizing that he isn't the only one rebelling ("Tonight The Stars Revolt"), and finally shifts to a time of peace and victory ("Good Times Roll"). Any of the tracks in-between further detail the story and work in tandem with the instrumentation to get your blood pumping and fist raising, as well as some narrative interludes that help to begin and connect the story with the fun cliché of a wise old narrator ("An Eye Is Upon You", "Blast Off To Nowhere", "Watch The Sky For Me").

Musically, the guys do spice it up a little bit. Tracks like the title track, "Automatic", and breakout hit "When Worlds Collide" pack heavy riffs, rough screams, big choruses, and some synth flourishes, while "Nobody's Real" and "The Son of X-51" are a bit more groove-focused with strong, thick bass lines. "Watch The Sky For Me" even packs an old-timey, swing-dance influenced beat that effortlessly morphs into a spazy synth number and is a fantastic way to close the album.

The musicianship is tight throughout, and though it isn't the most technical, that isn't a bad thing. The theme of the lyrics isn't the problem; it is the way they are delivered. While they may work if you just want to sit down, strap in, and have one crazy time jamming along while still thinking a little bit, they don't push into introspective territory too very far and thus lose a little bit of the emotional appeal they could have. That said, I'd recommend this as an essential to any alternative or industrial metal lover.



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bentheREDfan
April 6th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok so I'm back. Yes, in case anybody is wondering, I loved the new RED album and rated it highly. Everybody has an objective blind spot and that band is mine, so I won't lie and say my rating was probably influenced some by that.



That said, I understand not everybody is into them and I'm totally cool with that. I'm a fanboy, I acknowledge that, so let's just get along (:



Now that that's out of the way, I have returned to enlighten the front page with alternative and modern metal that everybody just adores. This is probably more of a negative than a positive to some but take heart in the fact that I am normally more busy in college and probably won't be back for long.

DominionMM1
April 6th 2018


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what happened to this band anyway?

coldheaven
April 6th 2018


4622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album was kinda tight back in the day

Digging: Shadow Age - Shadow Age

bentheREDfan
April 6th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're still doing stuff, just released an album last October. If you're a fan of the band, you'd probably dig it. If not, it isn't going to change your mind all that much.

Supercoolguy64
April 6th 2018


8740 Comments


THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOOOOORLDS COLLIIIIIIIIIIDE

Digging: Wristmeetrazor - Misery Never Forgets

bentheREDfan
April 6th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Supercoolguy64 is clearly ready to go.

bloc
April 6th 2018


54020 Comments


GET UP GET UP GET UP

DROP DA BOMBSHELL

Digging: Unleash The Archers - Apex

bentheREDfan
April 6th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Now now bloc, don't get too excited... you're an album behind (:

bloc
April 6th 2018


54020 Comments


C'mon man, you know that's like the only song I know from these guys lol

bentheREDfan
April 6th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're all good bloc! I hadn't heard much from them other than "When Worlds Collide" up to this point, which is cliché I know, but there it is.

Dmax28
April 7th 2018


441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album and Doomsday are pretty sick. I think his vocal performance here is very engaging here, very underrated. I can get down to Automatic really hard, those mixed vox in the chorus are tight. The later half of this album gets really dark and out there too, genuinely was somewhat disturbing to me when I was listening to this as a teenager. Yea in some ways this music is very simple but I bumped this rating because I think its a pretty unique and well executed sound they got here.



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