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usually i dont write about it when prominent cultural figures pass away, but the unexpected death of RILEY GALE of DALLAS THRASH METAL revival band POWER TRIP hit me pretty hard. maybe its because im about his age. maybe its because METAL is a genre that lacks originality and when you discover a group that is unique you really cling to them that much harder. as a music fan this really sucks.
after hearing their second release NIGHTMARE LOGIC (SOUTHERN LORD, 2017) i immediately wrote about it in our ongoing CHECK OUT THIS BAND series of recording artists worth investigating (linked HERE). that record had the groove of PANTERA with the economical riffage and sheer ferocity of early SLAYER and METALLICA. they also had this "no bullshit" aesthetic about them that endeared them to everyone. i was looking forward to their next release. sadly i never saw them live.
details surrounding his passing are still forthcoming. thoughts of course go out to his family and loved ones. they ask that gifts in his name be donations to the DALLAS HOPE CHARITIES.