For PM5k frontman Spider, the album title (Destroy What You Enjoy) must be a reference to the few fans he did have at the end of July.
August 1st rolls around, and I go pick up the new PM5k album. I'm not the biggest PM5k fan, but I figured that this may be a shot for Powerman 5000 to climb a few rungs in my favoritism, considering a lot of my favorite bands aren't really putting out new material.
So after spinning the CD around in my player a few times, I've decided that I'll be taking it back to my local CD store and selling it used for credit when I go in this Tuesday to by the Chrome Division debut CD, Doomsday Rock'n'Roll. Chrome Division is signed to Nuclear Blast, so they're sure to rock my balls off. But anyway, back to PM5k...
Okay, here's the tracklisting for the album.
1. Construction Of The Masses Pt. 1 (0:25)
2. Destroy What You Enjoy (3:56)
3. Return to the City of the Dead (3:17)
4. Wild World (3:17)
5. Enemies (2:26)
6. Murder (3:25)
7. Now That's Rock n' Roll (3:33)
8. All My Friends Are Ghosts (3:16)
9. Walking Disaster (3:17)
10. Who Do You Think You Are? (3:01)
11. Construction Of The Masses Pt. 2 (0:27)
12. Miss America (4:01)
13. Heroes And Villians (Live) (4:04)
Okay, let me start by pointing out tracks 1 and 11. They're brackets. Those two tracks aren't actual songs, but they do mark the start and end of the actual album, if you consider an album as one complete artistic thought, because tracks 2-10 are all the same. Agreeable, soft, radio pop-rock. Now, I like a couple of the songs in this part of the album, but even on the songs I like, there are things I complain about.
When I listen to an album, even if it's the first time through, I hum a lot of the parts. I don't know if it's simply a matter of how much music I've listened to, my music theory background, or just some weird, natural talent I've got, but generally, I can hum right along and somewhat predict where the guitar part is going. But with this album, there are guitar parts that are just too simple. The riff repeats the same bit over a couple times instead of changing it just a little bit to make it a little more exciting (Remind me to come put an example in here later.) ...
I could really do with out the Offspring "oo-ohs" in Walking Disaster.
In "Return to the City of the Undead," at 2:21, Spider's "Break out!" is ripped STRAIGHT from Dave Grohl...and isn't ironic that it happens about the same time in the song (2:15 on Breakout).
But there are two big things PM5k did that completely destroyed this album.
The first is somewhat subtle. Every time the key changes, instead of getting darker, or heavier, or more metal (as they should be doing), it gets lighter, brighter, and more radio-friendly pop bullshit. If you don't understand what I mean when I say this, then you don't like old PM5k.
The second is blatant bullshit.
First, "Miss America" and "Heroes and Villians (Live)" are obviously intended as "bonus" tracks. They come after what I've already described as album's brackets. And that's fine to include bonus tracks, but Miss America is a joke. I mean, it's basically a country western song without a country western theme. And I skip it every time.
Heroes and Villians is what pisses me off the most though. Not because it's bad, but because it seems to be intended as a bonus track, we only get a live version (though, based on the quality, I wouldn't be surprised if it were a studio version with live parts spliced in at the beginning and the end, because I don't hear the crowd throughout the track), and IT'S THE BEST SONG ON THE WHOLE GOD DAMNED ALBUM!
Why can't Powerman 5000 get it right and release an album that's more like Heroes and Villians all the way through!?