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Somewhere on the Otherside of Nowhere

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  • Long-time fans of Powerman 5000 can remember back in August of 2001, when the band was supposed to release their highly anticipated follow-up to “Tonight The Stars Revolt.” This new album was titled “Anyone For Doomsday?” and it featured an awesome new single called “Bombshell.” But a week before the album was due to come out, it was canceled and shelved. (For a limited time you could buy a copy from the band’s website, and it recently became available on iTunes.) PM5K’s frontman, Spider 1, decided he didn’t want the band to get stuck in a particular genre, so he reinvented the band’s sound and came out with a different album in 2003 called “Transform.” It was actually a pretty decent album, but it wasn’t exactly what the majority of fans had been waiting for. In 2006 the band released “Destroy What You Enjoy,” getting even further away from the sound that put them on the map.

    Now we finally get the album that we were hoping for! “Somewhere On The Other Side Of Nowhere” is a return to form in many ways, but it’s definitely not a step backwards. While this album is much closer to “Tonight The Stars Revolt” and “Anyone For Doomsday,” they’ve still managed to progress and keep things fresh. Songs like “Super Villain”, “Show Me What You’ve Got”, “Time Bomb Baby” and “Make Us Insane” have all the heaviness and energy of past tunes like “When Worlds Collide” or “Bombshell.” However the band doesn’t sound as dark and angry…it’s heavy, but you get the feeling they’re having fun. Other songs like “V Is For Vampire” and “Get Your Bones” are heavy but a bit slower and more gothic. “Do Your Thing” is a bit poppier and closer to more recent PM5K songs, but it’s got more energy and excitement to it. “Horror Show” is a bit of a gothic hip-hop tune that might please the fans who were there back in ‘97. So basically this album is a perfect compromise between Spider and the fans, and if it had come out back in 2001 or 2003, who knows how big the band would’ve become. Anyway, this is one of Powerman’s best albums and I highly suggest picking it up!

    Posted on February 5, 2010