Powerman 5000 Biography
The Boston, Massachusetts USA-based Alternative-Metal act Powerman 5000 was formed in the early '90s by lead singer Spider One, younger brother of Rob Zombie, guitarists Mike 'M.33' Tempesta and Adam 12, bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Alan Pahanish.
The group made their debut on the underground fringes of the Metal scene in 1994 with the 7-track EP called "True Force", released on Curve Of The Earth Records.
They quickly built a loyal following in the East Coast through their
incendiary live performances and in 1995 put out a second indie release,
the full-lenght album "The Blood Splat Rating System".
The buzz eventually leading to a deal with DreamWorks Records who issued "Mega!! Kung Fu Radio" in early 1997, this album was essentially a re-packaging of the band's previous full-lenght disc.
With the 1999's "Tonight The Stars Revolt", Powerman 5000 climbed The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart reaching the #29 slot; it featured guest appearances by Spider's brother, Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal and Marilyn Manson's Ginger Fish; the first single, "When Worlds Collide", smashed into the top 20 of both Mainstream and Modern Rock charts; "Nobody's Real" also hit the top 20 of the Active Rock chart and helped to push the album up to platinum status.
The following year they toured extensively with Metallica and Korn and contributed the song "Ultra Mega" to the NuMetal-soundtrack of the movie "Dracula 2000"; the single barely sneaked into the top 40 of The Mainstream Rock chart.
Their next CD, "Anyone For Doomsday?", was released in August
of 2001, it included the single "Bombshell" which didn't rise
higher than #26 on The Mainstream Rock chart and the album failed to crack
the U.S. Top 200 chart. Before the year's end, Powerman 5000, lost their
rhythm section of Heartsong and Pahanish.
The remaining members planned to continue bringing aboard bassist Siggy Sjursen and drummer Adrian Ost. During the summer of 2002 the renewed band appeared on the multi-band touring festival called Locobazooka, sharing the stage with the likes of Sevendust, Static-X and Nonpoint.
The Boston quintet returned in May 2003 with "Transform", the
record peaked at #27 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart spawning "Free"
which soared to #10 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks, their best chart placing
to date, the second single, "Action", peaked at #27 on the same
chart. All the pieces seemed to be falling into place for PM5K until their
longtime label, DreamWorks, was essentially dissolved midway through the
Spider One, by now the only remaining original member of the band, hired two new guitarists Johnny Heatley and former Alien Ant Farm Terry Corso and maintained the "Transform"-era rhythm section of Sjursen and Ost.
In August 2006, the band released "Destory What You Enjoy" on DRT Entertainment, it peaked at #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart and reached the #120 position on The Billboard 200 led by the unapologetic Pop hooks of the minor hit single "Wild World".
Another three years passed before Powerman 5000 returned with its sixth album of original material "Somewhere On The Other Side Of Nowhere". Spider had once again revamped his band adding guitarists Evan9 and Velkro, bassist Gustavo 'X51' Aued and drummer Gflash. Despite the failure of the album to chart in the U.S. the band retained a dedicated fan base worldwide as evidenced by the first lead off single, "Super Villain", scanning over 15,000 downloads since its release.
"How To Be A Human" is the first single from Powerman 5000's new studio release, "Builders Of The Future", which was recorded by Spider One, X51 and three new members: Richard (Zer0) Jazmin on lead guitar, Nick Quijano on rhythm guitar and DJ Rattan on drums. The disc will be out on May 27, 2014.