Remember When Toxic Holocaust and Municipal Waste were bringing back thrash during, like, the early 00s? It was fun for a minute, but got super corny really quickly. There’s only so many tracks about radioactive zombies and Satanic keggers I can handle; and the DIY cover art got a little too DIY at times…
Power Trip approaches their chosen genre with the same mentality as the old souls of vengeful, angry, violent thrash from the 80s. Exceedingly fast-paced, maniacal, chainsaw riffs; snare-heavy, almost-but-not-quite D-beat drumming; and vocals that have more in common with hardcore than death/black metal. Less growl, more “fuck you, we didn’t ask to be born” rage. You’ve def got some crossover going on here, but not nearly as much as, say, DRI or MOD, who still maintained a light-heartedness in their music. Power Trip’s got more of that urban decay sound; where day-to-day oppression is par for the course.
Their latest album, Manifest Decimation, dropped on ye olde Soundcloud yesterday, so you can stream the entire thing below. If you like it, buy it, but as per their interview, they’re all just really stoked that they’re making some waves in a scene that too often gets over-saturated with the same damned sounds all the time.
Shoutout to the sickening cover art. Got a little South of Heaven worship mixed with some creepy Beksinski-type shit. Word. More shoutouts to Southern Lord who are definitely switching gears as of late.