Powerman 5000 Heads Back To The Studio

After discarding a completed album last year and losing two band members, Powerman 5000 is ready to return to the studio.

After discarding a completed album last year and losing two band members, Powerman 5000 is ready to return to the studio. While no release date has been set, a DreamWorks spokesperson says it would be difficult for the as-yet-untitled disc to be completed and readied for a 2002 release. As previously reported, the band was to release an album under the title "Anyone for Doomsday?" but lead singer Spider One felt it was rushed.

"After we decided not to release 'Anyone for Doomsday?' because we felt it wasn't ready, it seemed like all bets were off," Spider One said in a statement. "So I just threw away the idea of what we should be doing. I said to the band, 'Forget about what we've done, forget about what people thing we are, forget about what you think we are.'"

The group pulled "Anyone for Doomsday?" about two weeks before its release, after a first single, "Bombshell," had been sent to radio. The track peaked at No. 26 on Billboard's Mainstream Rocks Tracks chart, and advance copies of the disc soon found their way to the Web. Copies are still selling on eBay for upwards of $40.

Last year, Spider One said the pressure of delivering "Anyone for Doomsday?" on time was causing "great agony," and the postponement resulted in the cancellation of a six-week North American tour. Currently, on Powerman 5000's official Web site fans can vote to determine which tracks from "Anyone for Doomsday?" will be salvaged for the new release. Spider One also hints that a few songs may be reworked for the upcoming album.

The long-awaited set will be the group's first without bassist Dorian Heartsong and drummer Al Pahanish. The new rhythm section features Norwegian bassist Siggy Siursen and drummer Adrian Ost. Guitarists M. 33 and Adam 12 remain in the band. "When you replace two out of five people, it essentially becomes a new band, which was great because it left the door open for us to do anything," Spider One said.

He went on to say that fans can expect "more tangible" lyrics and a greater emphasis on melody. "I grew up listening to punk and rap and never really focused on melody, but all of a sudden this light switched on and I realized I needed to do more vocally," he said. "The vocals still sound like me, but I've been challenging myself to express things in a more melodic fashion."

Powerman 5000's 1999 album, "Tonight the Stars Revolt," peaked at No. 29 on The Billboard 200 and has sold approximately 1.3 million units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.