Powerman5000 Doesn’t Like Sephirot’s Theme UPDATE


Powerman5000 took to their Facebook page earlier today talking about the theme for Sephirot, the new trial recently added in Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 3.2

The group calls the track “unimaginative theft” and saying that “Using something as inspiration is one thing but a straight up rip off is another!”


What do you think? Is Sephirot’s theme a “straight rip off” of Powerman5000’s When World’s Collide? Or is this inspiration?


Naoki Yoshida responded to the allegations on the official forums.

Regarding the Music for the 2nd Phase of Containment Bay S1T7

I have read through your comments concerning the BGM for the 2nd phase of the Containment Bay S1T7 battle with Sephirot, and I would like to personally explain how the track was conceived.

As most FINAL FANTASY fans already know, Sephirot (the Fiend) is a legacy boss character who originally appeared in FINAL FANTASY VI. When considering how to portray Sephirot’s return in FINAL FANTASY XIV, we decided to pay tribute to FFVI by working VI’s “Battle to the Death” track into the Containment Bay S1T7’s first phase, while opting to create an FFXIV original for the second.

Building upon the motif of Sephirot as a representation of the World Tree, to create this FINAL FANTASY XIV original track, we further incorporated story-driven themes of death and a warped obsession with life, all while utilizing a musical genre─industrial rock─which we believed would provide substantial emphasis to the message.

Industrial rock is a popular genre that can be further divided into numerous sub-genres. Countless songs from these genres have been released worldwide, and I have been made aware of an allegation regarding similarities between an existing track and the track created for the 2nd phase of Containment Bay S1T7. However, track composer Masayoshi Soken, has also stated to me that he was unaware of the track in question while working on this FINAL FANTASY track.

We hope that you continue to enjoy FINAL FANTASY XIV battle content.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Producer and Director, Naoki Yoshida


Powerman5000’s Facebook page has received a new update with the following:

UPDATE on the Final Fantasy music controversy.

Fascinated by the level of interest in this. Opinions range from total agreement to extreme hatred towards the subject (and me apparently)

So crazy.

The original post was a two sentence observation about a piece of music that was way too similar to be coincidence.

Since then it has been taken as some sort of declaration of war. Oh, internet…

Anyway. There’s no lawsuit, there’s no cry for attention or publicity. Just an observation.

Going back to my normal M.O of not participating in social media. Thanx for the fun!

See ya on the road in March/April


So there you have it.

7 thoughts on “Powerman5000 Doesn’t Like Sephirot’s Theme UPDATE

  1. Wow! I haven’t done the Sephirot fight yet, so this is the first time I’ve heard this. But if I heard it in a club, I would immediately think it was a new Powerman5000 mix.

  2. I think there is enough of a difference that Powerman5000 should be happy that such an awesome remix was made out of inspiration for their mucic.

  3. I thought the same thing as everyone ” Wait… that sounds like Powerman5000! Oh snap! ” Do i think it was a rip off? Not. At. All. and if this builds into some law suit, as much i love P5K, i’m siding with SE on this, to me its clearly different. Simaler yes, but different.

  4. feel that it is not a rip off because if you actually listen to the song without the battle sounds from your party its rather clear how different they are.

    In fact I feel that if even one thing was changed (Either the pitch of the singer or the initial guitar rift) then there would have been no comparison made whatsoever. To me there needs to be many similarities that need to be changed before it is no longer similar for it to be an issue.

    It is less similar than the Great King’s ‘Halloween’ sound which of course is a remix of the FFVI Moogle theme and came before ‘This is Halloween’.

    I feel it’s a little bit of drama that will quickly pass.

  5. Accusing someone of thievery is not something to be taking lightly. I like how Powerman5000 is back peddling like crazy, making it seem like they are the victim. You called someone a thief, deal with the repercussions. 1 hit wonder anyways. Never would have even been a thing if they didn’t ride in on Rob Zombie’s coattails.

    EDIT: Keep in mind also, that barely anyone in the U.S knows who PM5000 is, let alone people in Japan.

  6. I had completely forgotten about Powerman5000 until now….

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