Power Trip is a hardcore thrash metal band from Texas and “Nightmare Logic” marks their second full length album. Just by looking at the cover on this album I would imagine the music to be grimy, harsh, and unsettling. Without a doubt some of that is present on “Nightmare Logic”, but there is also a hell of a lot of old-school badassery, too.
The first minute and a half of the album had me worried that Power Trip wasn’t going to be for me. The by-the-numbers crunchy guitar riff and intermittent yelps from the vocalist had me reconsidering sticking it out for the long haul.
I’m glad that I did.
The song transformed with a vicious, galloping pace, the vocals turned guttural and deep and a searing guitar solo really kicked things off. From this moment on, the album flew by, one song satisfyingly leading into the next in a hailstorm of aggression and speed. On “Nightmare Logic”, Power Trip expertly perform a brand of thrash metal that is darker in tone and has elements of hardcore music (mostly thanks to their vocalist). What I really love about the band’s sound is that the influences mesh seamlessly together in a way where it’s not distracting. The thrash metal is pummeling, the hardcore is aggressive, and everything has this layer of ugliness on top, so while it does have an old school flair, make no mistake this isn’t Metallica or Megadeth.
Power Trip have a fantastic energy on this album as well, no doubt fueled by how pissed off they sound and who can blame them? You get your typical themes of doom and gloom here, but they feel genuine and, once again, 2017 is a good year for making music that welcomes the apocalypse.
Any complaints I would have on this record would come down to personal preference. For the style of music Power Trip are going for on “Nightmare Logic”, I don’t think it can get too much better and I really am digging this album. I definitely consider this a great metal album in general and one that I will be looking forward to revisiting again in the future.