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Power Trip, 2017 Loudwire Music Awards Performer

Power Trip

From message boards to the bathroom line between sets, no hot-button question is more entertaining: Who’s the next big thing in heavy music? The new century has given us no shortage of contenders and conquerors, from the Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon to Gojira and Deafheaven. In an era that justifiably champions those who unite disparate influences and audiences, it only makes sense that this year Dallas crossover crew Power Trip is the name on every hesher’s gnarled lips.

Just under a decade on the scene has produced its share of pros and cons. On the plus side, the five-piece has honed its craft sharing stages with artists as WTF-diverse as Title Fight, Big Freedia and Napalm Death, adding even more weapons to its base arsenal of hardcore, metal and punk. On the other hand, just two albums in nine years?! Come on, dudes! But we protest too much. Power Trip heated up February with long-awaited sophomore stunner Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord), an automatic album of the year contender that won’t be forgotten when winter rears its ugly head once more — be it 2017 or 2027.

It’s hard to imagine another band that can effortlessly infuse airtight song structures with such visceral fury, but Power Trip’s winding road to the top really does explain everything. They took their time refining their sound on multiple EPs and splits before and after perfectly titled 2013 debut, Manifest Decimation. Run-amok riffs, dive bombs and breakdowns still reign, but the script is clearly in cursive. And while these divisive times tend to spawn banal sloganeering, frontman Riley Gale has wisely opted to keep the political personal, railing against real-world villains along the way.

If you think thrash’s best days are in the past, simply listen to Nightmare Logic. Power Trip are the past, present and future of metal.

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