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Arch Enemy is one of those bands whose career can be broken down into segments and viewed individually by vocalist. It all began with Johan Liiva, the grating grunter who teamed up with the brothers Arnott and brought the band to worldwide fame.

Perseverance is an underrated quality. The measure of an artist is so much more than just success, the lion's share is given over to how a man or woman handles the lean times, how they take adversity in stride and the confidence with which they bounce back. Spider One, he who is Powerman 5000 and vice-versa, should be given no less than full marks for his exhibition of resillience. Powerman is back, hungry, re-forging their old identity from the first brick and climbing back into your stereo. Fresh off the release of their new record "Builders of the Future," Spider took some time to sit down and answer our questions, as we talk about his band, where they are, what inspires him and the album that never was.

Bands from all around the world have attempted to blend their cultural identities with that of the standard metal sound, but not all of the efforts have been successful.

Before we get started, look at this album cover. There's an old saying, "You can't judge a book by it's cover" or, in the case of musical offerings, you can't judge a record by it's sleeve.

Full disclosure – I am a longtime fan of Powerman 5000, beginning waaaaay back in the “True Force” days. That probably makes me more forgiving than some.

Let’s be serious here – if you were told to write down what you thought the combined sound of Soulfly, Mastodon, the Mars Volta and the Dillinger Escape Plan would be, what are the words that come to mind? Irascible, scratchy, virile, pummeling, cacophonous, noisy, and a thousand synonyms.

When last we heard from Sabaton, they were a band in a state of flux. “Carolus Rex” was the last statement of a band that was fracturing, a dividing line that will make clear what constituted the Sabaton sound all these years.

When does a "side project" stop being a side and start being a primary project. Generally, a side project is something you do part time, as an escape or a way to shake things up so you can continue pursuing your main objective.

Doom metal has always been an underground scene, but even in doom there are levels of complete anonymity.

Devotees of Cradle of Filth already know much of this story, but way back in the day, Cradle was working toward releasing an album called “Goetia,” which was completely erased when the record label went out of business.