Recently I wrote about Texas based thrash metal/hardcore band Power Trip and their recent announcement of a new album to be released in early 2017. Power Trip, who haven’t released a full length release since 2013’s simply amazing record, “Manifest Decimation”, released a split with the hardcore group, Integrity, in 2016, but will finally release a full album after a 3 year wait between releases. Even though I am not a massive thrash metal fan, I am a huge follower of Power Trip and they are one of the few modern thrash groups that I actively listen. Their showcasing of seamlessly blending hardcore and thrash metal is masterful and addictive to say the least. The massive gap between records has been frustrating from a fan point of view, but based off this lead single, “Firing Squad”, it should absolutely be worth it!
If you also loved “Manifest Decimation” you’ll be happy to hear that “Firing Squad” does not differ much from the great debut LP. There are significant, positive changes, but the familiar sound that Power Trip fans love is still there and as prominent as usual. “Firing Squad” is a fast, aggressive song that features great chugging riffs and face melting solos. The vocals to this new Power Trip track feature a far less use of reverb, compared to what is heard on “Manifest Decimation”, but still have that same vocal style intro that is heard on the track “Manifest Decimation”, and the same vocal tone and delivery is almost identical to the entire 2013 release, which is a good thing. Chugging and fast strumming riffing is without a doubt the highlight and main focus of the song. The entire sound of “Firing Squad” sounds like a little more aggressive, more fast strumming infused, less reverb influenced “Manifest Decimation” track with the same great vocals that make Power Trip fantastic.
In conclusion, this first single off the upcoming Power Trip record is amazing. “Nightmare Logic”, the upcoming album due out February 24th next year, is a release I have high hopes for, and based off this lead off single, could be their best album yet, even though “Manifest Decimation” was stellar. Overall, I give this track, “Firing Squard”, an 8.7/10 and if you don’t check out this track you are simply missing out on great new music. Give it a listen below, check out our recent blog about Power Trip and other reviews of thrash metal titans, and continue to visit the site for more album reviews due out this week!
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