Thrash metal has seen itself treading water in the last few years and even decades whilst other stems of the genre have been taken to new lengths. This is not to say that Thrash metal has been buried or discarded, that is quite the contrary. The titans of this genre have still remained at the forefront, but with bands such as Slayer "calling it quits", who will ultimately carry the torch into the next generation?
In this current climate the answer to that is 2 words creeping out of Texas, and they are Power Trip. Their latest feat Nightmare Logic, has taken the metal world by storm and was at the forefront of some of the best albums of 2017. As I am about to see Slayer on their "final tour", it struck me that the rest of the Big 4 and all surrounding bands (Overkill, Exodus, Testament...to name a few), will soon follow in their footsteps. Power Trip's record is a work of perfection as it has the nostalgic feeling of the past but in the new era. It took me and evidently fellow listeners back to the glorious aggression of the mid 1980's. This album takes a leaf from every great thrash band's blueprint but transforms the thrash genre into something new. The riffs are catchy, energetic but most of all, the production of this album is what shines through. The almost retro-sounding acoustics of this album is why it has been so highly praised. This record does not rely solely on speed as it is almost a hardcore/punk combination. The edges on this album are not perfect, the guitar tones are rough, the vocals are raw and the band's aggression is perfectly captured through this 30 minutes of thrash metal. Similar to that of Reign in Blood, this is the album that when it ends you find yourself disoriented in an influx of noise, but immediately rewind to where it began only half an hour ago.
Power Trip are the living embodiement of the reason why so many people not only got into metal, but also an almost homage to one of the most influential periods in metal history. This band does not solely rely on fimiliarity, and forms its own identity through this record and the band's previous releases. Power Trip are exactly what not just thrash metal, but metal as an outfit required. This album strips the genre back to its roots, reminds us of why this noise is so attractive, it shakes the head of the listeners and commands their attention, just as thrash metal should. The future is prosperous with bands such as this, taking the genre into new territory but more importantly, not forgetting where it all began.