Thursday, 22 May 2014

POWERMAN 5000 - ALBUM REVIEW

Powerman 5000 - Builders Of The Future (T-Boy Records/Universal Music) 
Powerman 5000 - Builders Of The Future

Release Date: 26th May 2014

U.S. nutso rockers Powerman 5000 are back with their latest album and you better be wearing a seat belt before you let this one rip. Feeling safe? Well you're not. The album explodes in to life with the incendiary 'Invade, Destroy, Repeat' which goes from nought to 80 in less than a second and then proceeds to beat you around the head with furious beats and guitars that Matt Bellamy would be proud of. This is punk metal, if such a thing exists, and continues with 'We Want It All', a tune that fans of Tool or A Perfect Circle will be keen to lose their minds to. 'How To Be Human' channels Depeche Mode having a go at electro-metal while the superbly titled 'You're Gonna Love It, If You Like It Or Not' is a like A's angrier but sexier older brother.

There's a fine line between this kind of electro-rock and the soulless stuff that tends to get churned out by Baltic states during Eurovision and Powerman 5000 stay just on the right side although 'Builders Of The Future' gets dangerously close. 'I Want To Kill You' starts off with Portishead atmospherics and a simple acoustic riff before building in to a cinematically dark climax before 'Modern World' swaggers in with a pair of Google glasses on and a bionic cock controlled by bluetooth. Somewhere between Aerosmith and Linkin Park is where 'Live It Up Before You're Dead' exists and that is a pretty fun place to be but 'I Can't Fucking Hear You' is the big, big tune we've been waiting for. The too-cool-for-school riff that rolls in to action followed by the booming drums and snarling vocals are just too much to resists so I'm not going to bother trying. 'Evil World' is an 80s inspired piece of electro-rock beauty and it brings the album to a close perfectly. Essentially, Powerman 5000 are the band that would have travelled back in time with Bill and Ted if there had been more space in the phone booth. And it's a shame because these guys would cause all kinds of chaos in an 80s shopping mall.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/officialpowerman5000?fref=ts

Live Dates:

23rd May - Boardwalk, Orangevale
24th May - The Glass house, Pomona
27th May - The Viper Room, Hollywood
7th June - Rock Am Ring, Wershofen
8th June - Rock Im Park, Nuremberg
9th June - Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf
11th June - Skater's Palace, Munster
12th June - Bataclan, Paris
13th June - Download Festival, UK
15th June - Novarock Festival, Budapest
16th June - Aerodrome Festival, Budapest
17th June - Aerodrome Festival, Prague
20th June - Hellfest Festival, Clisson
22nd June - St Jordi Club, Barcelona
23rd June - Riveria, Madrid
26th June - Rock in Roma Open Air, Rome
27th June - Ippodromo Del Galoppo Open Air, Milan
28th June - Eishall Wetzikon, Wetzikon
29th June - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel
1st July - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht

2nd July - Rockhal, Luxembourg

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