Power Trip
Power Trip in 2019
Background information
OriginDallas, Texas, U.S.
Years active2008–present
  • Blake Ibanez
  • Chris Ulsh
  • Nick Stewart
  • Chris Whetzel
Past members
  • Riley Gale
  • Marcus Johnson

Power Trip is an American crossover thrash band formed in Dallas, Texas, in 2008. By 2020, Power Trip's lineup consisted of Riley Gale (lead vocals), Blake Ibanez (lead guitar), Nick Stewart (rhythm guitar), Chris Whetzel (bass) and Chris Ulsh (drums); the latter replaced original drummer Marcus Johnson, who left in 2009.[1] They have released two studio albums to date, Manifest Decimation (2013) and Nightmare Logic (2017), plus a compilation including their early tracks and a live album.

Power Trip was one of the most successful thrash metal bands of the 2010s, with Nightmare Logic entering the Billboard charts,[2] and receiving a number of accolades by publications.[3][4][5] A live version of the song "Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)" received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.[6][7]


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In 2013, the band signed with the Southern Lord Records label and released their first studio album, Manifest Decimation.[1] Their second album, Nightmare Logic, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.[8] The Guardian mentioned that singer Riley Gale's lyrics on Nightmare Logic, were about "social inequality and activism". He described Nightmare Logic as "dealing with this waking nightmare, things seem so surreal that they're unbelievable … trying to find optimism and a motivating force and realising that the 99% of us have more in common than we think".[9] The success of Nightmare Logic, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, Napalm Death, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Five Finger Death Punch, Opeth, Danzig and Obituary,[10][11][12][13][14] helped Power Trip become one of the most popular thrash metal bands in the 2010s.[15][16]

In 2018, the album Opening Fire: 2008–2014 was released as a way to compile their extra tracks.[17] In late 2019, Power Trip announced that they were working on their third album.[18]

Vocalist Riley Gale died on August 24, 2020, at the age of 34. His death was announced by the band the next day.[9][19] In May 2021, it was reported that the official cause of death was ruled by the Dallas County's medical examiner as an accidental overdose from the "toxic effects" of fentanyl. The report also claimed that Gale, who reportedly had a history of depression and drug abuse, had been found "unresponsive on the floor at home" and the only other substance found in his system was marijuana.[20][21]

At the time of Gale's death, Power Trip was on the bill for a European tour with Lamb of God and Kreator, which was originally scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the tour being rescheduled to late 2021 and again to late 2022; the band was eventually replaced by Thy Art Is Murder and Gatecreeper.[22][23][24]

In a March 2021 interview with Los Angeles Times, the surviving members of Power Trip stated that they are unsure of the band's future, but have not ruled out the possibility of continuing in Gale's memory. Lead guitarist Blake Ibanez commented, "We do want to continue to play music together; we just are not sure what that looks like at this time."[25]

Musical style and influences

Their sound has been described by critics as thrash metal[1] and hardcore punk,[1][26][27] as well as simply crossover thrash.[28] Gale cited the importance of guitar riffs and pop songs: "Some of Blake [Ibanez]'s favorite bands are Killing Joke, Stone Roses, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Wipers". Gale said that he worked hard to do concise lyrics: "each word relates to the sentence, and how the sentence relates to the verse. Making sure everything's connected and there's not a syllable wasted." "I try to write something that's catchy that people can sing along to mindlessly". "[I write about] the frustrations with what I see. People's motivations".[29] AllMusic wrote that their music reached fans of both "hardcore punk and extreme music".[1]

Band members

Current members

Former members


Studio albums

Year Album details
2013 Manifest Decimation
2017 Nightmare Logic
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Southern Lord Records

Compilation albums

Year Album details
2018 Opening Fire: 2008–2014
  • Released: April 27, 2018
  • Label: Dark Operative

Live albums

Year Album details
2020 Live in Seattle: 05.28.2018[6][7]
  • Released: June 11, 2020
  • Label: Dark Operative


Year Name Album
2016 Split Single release
"Firing Squad" Nightmare Logic
2017 "Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe)"
"Nightmare Logic"
2018 "Hornet's Nest"[30] Adult Swim Singles Collection
2019 "When Things Go Wrong"[31] Hot Sh!t Attitude


Year EP details
2009 Armageddon Blues
  • Released: 2009
2011 Power Trip
  • Released: 2011

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2021 Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe) - Live Best Metal Performance[6][7] Nominated


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