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Power Trip – Manifest Decimation (2013) Album Review

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ptripHaving seen Power Trip several times since FUNFUNFUN fest 2010, I had always wanted a full length album from them.  Thanks to Southern Lord Records, I got my wish.

Power Trip take me back to quality mid-to-late 80s thrash…Nuclear Assault, Devastation, a little Slayer…and thankfully, I don’t hear any Pantera (Panterrible) influence.  A lot of folks mention the DRI crossover punk/hardcore thing, but I never really listened to any of that so I cannot say for sure.  I may hear a little Cro Mags, though.  And I do like the Cro Mags.  This young band from Dallas does it right.  It’s high quality thrash and unlike many of the screamo shit mall hot topic metal bands out there today, these guys play guitar solos.  You heard me.  GUITAR SOLOS!  Good ones, too.

I bought this CD (yes, a CD) last week and have spun it at least 10 times now.  I absolutely love it.  If you’re into classic thrash, I highly recommend this band.  There are a lot of newer retro thrash bands out there, but I think Power Trip is a cut above them all.

While I like Riley’s singing style, I think they could have been produced a little better.  They are washed in the mix too much for my tastes.  But it’s not much of a detraction from the overall vibe and sound of this album.  I also don’t think there are any songs worth skipping on here.  It works perfectly beginning to end.  The album runs through quickly and can easily be played through twice.

9/10 – Enjoy!

Manilla Road, Eternal Champion, Chaos In Tejas 2013

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IMG_1951I’m in a new band called Eternal Champion and last night we got to open for the mighty and legendary and extremely underrated Manilla Road during this year’s Chaos in Tejas.  Because of some recent band changes, we had a couple of replacement guys fill in on guitar and drums and the show was incredible…all 3 songs of it!  We got a great response, sold all of our shirts and have been getting positive feedback all day.  We also released a 2 song cassette that sold out in about a week.  There’s a forthcoming 7″ as well.  It was easily my favorite show that I have ever played and after 25+ years of being in bands as I’m finally playing the music I’ve always wanted to play:  true epic metal.  We were also the perfect opener for Manilla Road.  Pics and videos from the show coming soon.

Then Manilla Road.  After we finished playing, Mark Shelton from Manilla Road showed up and got showered with attention from hardcore fans.  I’m a fan of Crystal Logic and especially Mystification.  Our singer is a fanatic though.  This is his favorite band…EVER.  It was great watching them meet.   Because of major lack of sleep over the weekend and having to get up early this morning, I could only stay for 3 songs.  They sounded incredible.  Mark’s guitar playing is great and I really feel like they should have been so much bigger.  I got to meet him for a minute and he signed The Book.  Another huge signature for my collection.

In between us and Manilla Road were Satan’s Satyrs and Speedwolf.  I like Speedwolf.  It’s good Motorhead worship.

 

Eternal Champion – The Last King of Pictdom

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ec warriorI’m going to do a little self-promotion here and let you faithful few readers know about my new band, Eternal Champion.   Old school epic American metal featuring members of Venomous Maximous, Iron Age and me on bass.

You can check us out at our Facebook page or check out the vids below.

 

 

Written by The Metal Files

March 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm