Crossover bands are tricky to characterize and discuss, long after the arduous process of finding that perfect ‘crossover’ approach. Thankfully for the listening public, Texas’ Power Trip found that balance and blend, and have recently unleashed their first full-length album, “Manifest Decimation,” on Southern Lord, and the results are awesome. Consisting of 8 songs, “Manifest Decimation” is certain to please anyone who is in the mood for vicious music complete with killer riffs, intense vocals, and even some mosh-inducing breakdowns. In short, what’s not to like?
Power Trip are by no means new kids in town, as they’ve been an active band for roughly 5 years and have released a number of EPs and splits. So while they are just now getting out a full-length, they’ve been hard at work for some time before that, and it feels damn good. “I’ve been proud every step of the way,” declares vocalist Riley Gale. “Musicians bullshit about making an album for themselves and nobody else, but I want people to enjoy the hell out of our record.”
With the thrash revival in full swing for several years now, it can be hard for anyband to find a good niche when everyone with Nuclear Assault and Exodus albums in their collection wears the thrash tag on their sleeve. However thrashy Power Trip may be, they clearly show that they have their hardcore roots in check and aren’t afraid to sprinkle their music with liberal helpings of some NYHC attitude. They were first described to this writer as old-school Metallica meets the Cro-Mags, and I will pretty much assure you that this description is dead on. But was this blend an accident, intentional, or the result of a voodoo spell? “We were jamming a lot of HC, thrash, and crossover,” continues Gale. “But when myself and Blake [Ibanez, guitarist – ed.] got together, we just thought ‘who gives a shit, let’s jam!’ I guess it worked out.”
I’m a firm believer that some of the best bands out there come from the most unusual spots, and with technology and the internet helping to spread non-mainstream music to the more adventurous listener, that idea is becoming more and more prominent. While Dallas, TX isn’t exactly the middle of nowhere or a cave on the moon, it still isn’t the first place you think of when the word crossover comes to mind. At times, this can help when you are the stand-out band in the scene, or that frustration and alienation can only further your musical agenda. In Power Trip’s shoes, its all really neither here nor there. “I hate my city man,” states Gale adamantly before continuing with “I suppose indirectly it nurtures my hate and frustration, and for me to get out there and put myself in a better situation.” With a strong album as their full-length debut, I’m sure those better situations will soon be quite abundant.
Power Trip certainly would like for you to jump along for the ride, but at the end of the day, all Riley Gale has to say is “Jah bless mon, n peace be wit ye.”
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