Powerflo - Bring That Shit Back
The problem with Powerflo, like so many rap-metal supergroups pushing for a nu-metal revival is that rather than do what the genre did the first time round – like you know, doing something completely and utterly different with genres that’d never usually go together – they’ve rehashed what came before and it simply doesn’t excite like it did before.
Originality7.5
Lyrics2.9
Replay Value2.9
Instrumentation8.5
Impact4
We Liked...
  • The revitalising remixes
We Didn't Like...
  • The facts they're making songs for the sake of it
5.2Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
0.9

When members of hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill, rap-metal stalwarts Downset, hardcore pioneers Biohazard, and industrial titans Fear Factory come together, it’s either going to be a revolutionary movement or a chaotic clash of styles that are less sound system and more system meltdown than anything else.

Powerflo are one of a number of all-star rap-metal supergroups that are popping up and hopping on the Prophets Of Rage bandwagon, and much like their trendsetters, Powerflo hit middle ground with their eponymous debut that dropped last year. Not one’s to rest on their laurels, ahead of their tour-de-force of festivals, the group have put together the Bring That Shit Back EP, which ironically, doesn’t quite bring ‘that shit back.’

Opening with a nu-metal abomination of Bob Marley’s proto-political classic Get Up Stand Up, your mind is split between being pleasantly intrigued or obscenely offended by it’s trigger-happy mash-up of its reggae roots into hip-hop infused shouty-shouty nu-metal, complete with crunch-punch drums and a riff that rides your mind. By the end of it, you’re singing along but is that because the original is written so well or the reworking is a perfect fit, and more importantly, should it have even been done?

It’s the second of the EP’s offerings – and the only track that’s both original and brand new – that truly leaves you wondering whether Powerflo are using their supergroup-awarded power for the right reasons, or whether they’re simply having a laugh on us. Musically, it’s got the thrash-kick of classic Anthrax with the polish of a new-take on nu-metal. Away from that, it’s a little bit like treading in dog poo which is ironic because it’s called Bring That Shit Back. Whether you’ve got the best riff you’ve ever written or a drum fill you’d never imagine making again, you should never throw it away on a song that doesn’t need to be sung, and that, like their debut beforehand, is where Powerflo go wrong.

The six remaining tracks that makeup the EP are remixes of album-cuts Where I Stay and The Grind that are by far the record’s most interesting offerings. Taking their rap-metal fodder and splashing it in shades of Dub, Drum & Bass, Electro-rock, and everything in between turning them into a Pendulum-meets-Hollywood Undead hybrid you’d find in the laboratory of Frankenstein, and yet it’s the best they’ve sounded at parts.

The problem with Powerflo, like so many rap-metal supergroups pushing for a nu-metal revival is that rather than do what the genre did the first time round – like you know, doing something completely and utterly different with genres that’d never usually go together – they’ve rehashed what came before and it simply doesn’t excite like it did before.

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