Powermad is an American thrash/speed metal band that formed in Minneapolis in 1984. The band's intricate riff formulations were heavily influenced by thrash metal acts like Metallica and Testament. Soon after they released an EP with demos on Combat Records, they were signed to Reprise Records. Their first and only full-length album up until 2015, Absolute Power, was released in 1989. In addition to their US tour opening for Overkill, Powermad also made a cameo appearance in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart (where they go from playing their own music to Elvis Presley's with Nicolas Cage singing). Absolute Power was received with critical acclaim and is considered a collector's items by fans of thrash and speed metal music.
Absolute Power is available as a limited edition of 1,000 individually numbered copies on silver colored vinyl and includes an insert.
The Twin Cities quartet's punitive blend of neck-snapping riffs, caustic lyrics, and soaring NWOBHM-inspired power metal evoked both the kinetic assault of the 'Big Four' (Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer) and the melodic punch of NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The band's 1989 debut long-player, the critically acclaimed Absolute Power, would go on to achieve cultlike status in the heavy metal community — it was only fitting that the band would be featured in David Lynch's equally singular 1990 film Wild at Heart.
- 180g Audiophile Vinyl
- Made in the Netherlands
- Limited Edition of 1,000 Individually Numbered Copies on Silver Vinyl
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