When I was in Chicago, it seemed like Power Trip rolled through every six months or so. I never did catch them live, and now, after giving Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord) some time on my music schedule, I wish I had seen them.
Power Trip sits somewhere among the intersecting lines of Metal, Punk, and Hardcore. The band knows how to write and execute a catchy riff, beat you down with incredible speed, and make you think about uncomfortable subjects. They take the best of the genres and blend them together to make a compelling case to fans of each of them. They’ve definitely made me appreciate their approach. Energy pours out from my speakers in the form of a dirty brand of Metal.
These Texans are serious about their craft, playing deliberately, churning out riff after crushing riff. Soul Sacrifice opens the festivities as a mid-paced cruncher, turning on a dime into a Thrashy exploit reminding me of Venom, but perhaps with a bit more vigor – maybe not. Vocalist Riley Gale isn’t exactly reserved in his delivery. He is nothing, if not passionate and believable. Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe) has got to be one of the most badass songs I’ve heard in a while. Simple, yet interesting, I can’t help but bang my head to the groovy riff. Blunt and effective. Clearly sitting in the hardcore camp, Firing Squad is a blast of aggression with a couple of Kerry King style guitar solos and a mid-paced riff heavy section. The title track comes across as a companion track to Executioner’s Tax with it’s simplistic, heavy riffing. Without pretense, it’s a kick in the teeth. Nicely done, guys.
Waiting Around to Die continues the sonic assault, delivering an atmosphere in which you should just want to break stuff. I hear a lot of Metallica influence on this one as well. Ruination and If Not Us Then Who both drive the level of aggression up, making be smile and grit my teeth at the same time. I’m pretty much blown away by these couple of tracks. If Not Us… has a weird ending to it, but otherwise it’s worth cranking and banging. Closing track Crucifixation clearly shows Power Trip’s hardcore roots from the message to the non-stop blast of sound. The central breakdown section will get some pits moving for sure.
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Clocking in at just over half an hour, Nightmare Logic is a concise and powerful statement from Power Trip. I am liking it a lot and find it’s a great slab of Metal. They’ve been described as “classic Exodus-meets-Cro-Mags” – an accurate assessment to my ears. This one goes in the “recommended” column. Power Trip will be touring quite a bit this year, so be sure to catch them at a venue near you.
I hear the sound in a Metal way.
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