Nightmare Logic is a solid, impressive 8 song album that really kicks your ass from Beginning to end.
If you are a fan of thrash metal like I am, then you know the genre dates back to the early 1980’s with bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Motorhead. They ceremoniously laid the ground work for bands like Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth to refine and bring the music to the next level in the mid to late 1980’s.
In the 1990’s, bands like Sepultura, Prong and primarily Pantera waved the thrash flag for nearly a decade. But since that time the genre has stagnated and been a relic of itself stuck in the coffin of yesteryear. In 2017 enter Power Trip. the Dallas, Texas quintet who have just released their 2nd full length LP, “Nightmare Logic”.
“Nightmare Logic” is a solid, impressive 8 song album that really kicks your ass from beginning to end. The first thing I noticed was how fresh the record sounds despite resonating like it easily could have been released in 1987 and fit right in next to the aforementioned bands.
“Soul Sacrifice” is the album opener and maybe the best song of them all. The 2 guitar attack of Blake Ibanez (can you believe a metal guitarist named Ibanez) and Nick Stewart unleash a mammoth wall of thrash sound that any Slayer fan will certainly recognize. There is some great drumming on here too despite drummer Chris Ulsh’s lack of using any double bass drum. But what makes Power Trip really go is frontman Riley Gale. Gale’s manic vocals are of the screaming rather than singing variety and he does it very, very well.
There is a crossover element to this band not seen since the days of S.O.D and the Cro Mags. That hardcore sound mixed with thrash metal that just kicks you in the ass and doesn’t stop kicking. There is very little filler here, 8 songs clocking in just shy of 33 minutes doesn’t leave much time to waste. Track 4 is the title track and is another killer song.
If I had a critique it would be that the pace never really alters, it’s one speed and one speed only. A few times they probably could have slowed it down for a breakdown or even a soothing opening to a track or maybe ending one of they’re blistering songs with some calm after the storm. But that is like saying Slayer should have dialed it back on “Reign in Blood”. It’s really just a small issue.
Other stand out songs on the album are “Executioners Tax” and “Waiting Around To Die”. This is standard metal fare here, both sonically and lyrically. They aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, just produce a metal record for metal fans.
This is the follow up to 2013’s “Manifest Decimation” which was also an amazing LP that only recently have I checked out. Where these guys go from here should be very interesting to see, they have the talent and the goods to go far in this age where so few true metal bands are even around anymore. They are currently opening up for Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse this summer. Hopefully they will gain a bigger following from this tour.