|Powerman 5000 - Tonight the Stars Revolt!|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Tuesday, 20 July 1999|
| Performance-7.5 | Sound 7.5 |
If you dig White Zombie, you’ll love Powerman 5000’s Tonight The Stars Revolt! Perhaps even more polished than White and/or Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000 captures an explosive energy inside a mere seven billion bits of digital information for your audio excitement. Tonight Starts The Revolt begins with an eerie excerpt from J.P. Saticoy’s 1947 "An Eye is Upon You," which segues into an industrial rock album of the highest caliper.
Loud guitars are great – don’t get me wrong – but loud songs with well-constructed melodies, industrial samples and sonic accoutrements make for a much more inventive and interesting aural adventure. Tonight Starts The Revolt is a winner, featuring a kick-ass hit single in "Supernova Goes Pop." The title track "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" starts off with a stressful introduction and leads into pure musical debauchery. "Automatic" features one of the best riffs on a record loaded with great riffs. "Let The Good Times Roll," a Car’s Cover, will sound strangely familiar to you, but it is far from the best track on this record.
While Tonight The Stars Revolt is melodically strong, similar to tunes you’d find on, say, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, the vocal stylings of Spider tend to lead to primal screaming. It is not that Spider can’t sing: he can. Tonight The Stars Revolt! from time to time simply explodes in a way that could be considered by some to go over the top.
The power, excitement and sheer energy of Tonight The Stars Revolt has made it the most requested record here at the AudioRevolution.com offices. I have found myself hitting the trusty back button to play "Supernova Goes Pop" over and over again. Considering how many records come across my desk, playing tracks again and again is a rarity.
If you are up for a real industrial rocker, Tonight The Stars Revolt! requires a click to your local internet record store.