Transform (Powerman 5000 album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 2003
RecordedMad Dog Studios in Burbank, Cello Studios in Hollywood, QI Lab Studios in Los Angeles
ProducerJoe Barresi
Powerman 5000
Powerman 5000 chronology
Anyone for Doomsday?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Vol. 1
Singles from Transform
  1. "Free"
    Released: March 25, 2003
  2. "Action"
    Released: August 5, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
KNAC5/5 stars[3]

Transform is the fourth studio album by American industrial rock band Powerman 5000, released May 20, 2003. It is an enhanced CD that includes the videos for "Free" and "Action," the album's two singles. The album had sold 148,561 copies in the U.S. in 2003, before the band was dropped from Dreamworks Records.[4]

Musical and visual style[edit]

Transform marked, both musically and visually, an obvious change from Powerman 5000's previous science fiction theme. The band composed songs in a simpler, more straightforward manner with less emphasis on industrial metal and nu metal elements and heaviness. The video for its lead single, "Free," also demonstrated the band's visual stylistic detour; rather than space costumes, the majority of band members are dressed in denim while performing in a red room covered in graffiti, creating a colorful, punk rock influenced edge.

The album artwork contains symbols reminiscent of the Amphisbaena. Adorning the CD artwork are four two-headed arrows wrapped back pointing at each other, the outermost one sprouting two extra arrows for a total of six on the right, and underneath the CD are two worm like creatures face to face forming a circle.


In support of the album, the band announced they would begin touring through the U.S. in April, along with Stone Sour and Ra.[5] They would also go on to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (where they performed their song "Action"), and The Late Late Show (where they performed their song "Free"), respectfully.[6] The band would also later begin to embark on a headlining tour along with Mudvayne and V Shape Mind, starting in September and performing in festivals such as X-Fest.[7]

However, DreamWorks Records was bought out by Interscope Records and had stopped promoting Powerman 5000 in the middle of the tour, forcing the band to withdraw from their tour. Later by December, frontman Spider One confirmed the split with Dreamworks Records.[8]

In other media[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Powerman 5000, all lyrics by Spider One.

1."Assess the Mess" (spoken word by John A. Williams)0:32
2."Theme to a Fake Revolution"3:25
5."That's Entertainment"3:17
6."A Is for Apathy"4:16
8."Top of the World"3:34
9."Song About Nuthin'"3:56
11."I Knew It"3:35
12."Hey, That's Right!"3:58
13."The Shape of Things to Come"3:37


  • Joe Barresi - Producer, Recording
  • Dan Druff - Guitar Tech
  • Bruce Jacoby - Drum Tech
  • Dan Leffler - Assistant Engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - Mixing
  • Chris Ohno - Assistant Engineer
  • Ron Handler- A&R
  • Spider One - Vocals
  • Adrian "ad" Ost - Drums
  • Scott Oyster - Assistant Engineer
  • Mauro Rubb - Drum Tech
  • Siggy "00" Siursen - Bass
  • Trixie Starr - Additional Vocals on "That's Entertainment"
  • Mike "M.33" Tempesta - Guitar
  • Adam "12" Williams - Guitar, Additional Programming, Additional Production, Additional Recording, Additional Editing

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 27[9]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Free" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
"Free" Modern Rock Tracks 38
"Action" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27


  1. ^ "Transform - Powerman 5000". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Hoard, Christian (2003-05-20). "Powerman 5000: Transform : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  3. ^ "Powerman 5000 Transform". June 6, 2003.
  4. ^ "Powerman 5000: Is The End Near?". November 6, 2003.
  5. ^ "STONE SOUR, POWERMAN 5000: More Tour Dates Announced". April 1, 2003.
  6. ^ "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Season 5 Episode 203".
  7. ^ "MUDVAYNE To Embark On Headlining Tour". August 22, 2003.
  8. ^ "POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Confirms Split With DREAMWORKS RECORDS". December 13, 2003.
  9. ^ "Powerman 5000 Transform Chart History". June 7, 2003.