August 31, 2006

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Powerman 5000, Destroy What You Enjoy
DTE Entertainment, 2006

Newest round of 4-barrel up-yours rock from the remains — make that remain — of Boston’s least underground MC5 disciples. The weight of having Dreamworks Records implode was too much for Powerman’s bit players, who left Spider holding the bag, whose weight in turn has dragged him deep into the muck. Destroy has all the characteristics of a drugged-out phone-in, promising little chance of another KMFDM-ish romp like Tonight the Stars Revolt seeing the light of day anytime soon. Spider’s the more gifted brother of Rob Zombie, though, and at least he’s not thrown the cartoon-gore card, instead giving the emo kids a tarty wink with new single “Wild World,” no relation to the Cat Stevens tune, not that busking for Boomers would’ve hurt much worse. Nevertheless, it’s not difficult to take a few Iggy cues and finesse yourself past what POD and whatever-their-faces are doing in the realm of Walmart-metal these days, so even this — obviously an unpleasant distraction for a good artist who’s currently on the ropes — deserves more mullet-bobbing than what it’ll probably get. B-

— Eric W. Saeger


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