Powerman 5000: Builders of the Future review May25

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Powerman 5000: Builders of the Future review

At last, after a long wait, the electronic metal legends, Powerman 5000 are back with their latest installment, Builders of the Future, their first record in almost five years.

After a long absence, Builders of the Future gives fans exactly what they want- a classic, kick-you-in-the-balls electronic metal album that only Spider One and Powerman 5000 can pull off and it’s hard to tell the band has taken any time off from the studio.

From the opening moments of “Invade, Destroy, Repeat,” it’s clear this is a Powerman 5000 record and you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into- a metal mind fuck.

“We Want It All” keeps the party going and leads right into lead single “How To Be a Human,” which is Powerman 5000’s first charting single in some time and has been devastating active rock radio.

“You’re Gonna Love It If You Like It Or Not,” follows it up and goes straight into the title track before we come to the lone ballad on the record- “I Want to Kill You,” which is as haunting as it is beautiful and addictive.

We finish up with a foursome of electro-metal greatness in “Modern World,” “Live It Up Before You’re Dead,” “I Can’t Fucking Hear You” and “Evil World,” capping off one hell of a return album for one of the greatest electronic metal bands in history.

When it’s all said and done, Builders of the Future is a metal acid trip you won’t be able to come down from and which you won’t want to. With this record Powerman 5000 solidifies themselves as one of the greats and proves that they’re back for good.

Rating: 9/10

-Reggie Edwards

Powerman 5000 singer Spider One talks Builders of the Future and the band’s return: