Powerman 5000 (1991-present): a Industrial Metal band from Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
owerman 5000 was started in 1990 by frontman Spider (a.k.a. Mike Cummings; vocals; the younger brother of Rob Zombie), along with his spike haired buddies Adam Williams (guitar), M.33 (Real Name: Mike Tempesta; guitar; brother to White Zombie drummer John Tempesta), Dorian 27 (Real Name: Dorian Heartsong; bass) and Al 3 (Real Name: Jordan Cohen; drums). Their debut attempts were their A Private Little War (1993) and True Force EPs (1994), but it was after their debut album The Blood Splat Rating System (1995) they gained a considerable local following on a sound not unlike that of later White Zombie, which led to 'Dreamworks' coming along and offering them a deal resulting in the debut being reworked and re-released as Mega!! Kung Fu Radio (1997) with Al Pahanish taking over on drums for some of the reworked tracks. They would then get a massive vote of confidence from Ozzy Osbourne on his US Ozzfest Tour of that same year. Assisted by DJ Lethal (of Limp Bizkit) and Ginger Fish (of Marilyn Manson), the comic book obsessed group released their 1999 follow-up Tonight The Stars Revolt to a 29 US charting at the climbing point of their career.
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In 2001 an album was recorded and scheduled for release under the title Anyone For Doomsday? but was scrapped at the last minute, with both label and band apparently unhappy with the results, and on top of that the rhythm section left the band. It would not be until spring of 2003 that a completely re-recorded new album, now called Transform, a more punkrock influenced effort, was released with Siggy Sjursen on bass and Adrian Os on drums.
Evan Rodaniche joined to assume guitar and backing vocals. The new line-up was solidified by Siggy's departure in 2008, Gustavo Aued was brought in to replace him on bass, and later that year, drummer Gordon Heckaman joined (both ex-Cage9) for Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere (2009).
During July of 2011, Powerman 5000 released a cover of Devo's Whip It, a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, and a cover of Van Halen's Jump via their website. Released by 'Cleopatra Records', the next album Copies, Clones & Replicants included covers of other new wave songs such as The Fixx's One Thing Leads to Another and Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue. This album would be followed up with Builders of the Future (2014) and New Wave (2017). For the latter record the membership consisted of Spider One (Real Name: Michael Cummings; lead vocals), DJ Rattan (Real Name: Rattan Cayabyab; drums), Murv3 (Real Name: Murv Douglas; bass) and Ty Oliver (lead guitar). Although Ryan Hernandez would be on rhythm guitar, he was soon replaced by Erik Himel temporarily in 2018 until Taylor Haycraft assumed the role in 2019.
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