“Firing Squad” is the first single from Nightmare Logic, the upcoming sophomore LP from Texas thrash malcontents Power Trip. It rips.

My dudes, I have been waiting for this moment for quite some time. From the first time I saw Power Trip at Chaos in Tejas 2012, I recognized that this band was a certified world beater. With every riff, every track, every set, they push themselves beyond their limits. For years, they’ve been tirelessly touring the world and destroying every venue brave enough to book them. There is simply no better modern thrash band than Power Trip. Fight me about it.

With “Firing Squad”, we’re finally getting a first taste of their second full-length record. My first impression is that it’s everything I was waiting for. The track bursts forth with the same intensity fans have come to expect, albeit slightly louder and clearer than previous outings, a hallmark of [NOTE: Oops. I’m honestly not sure who the producer is on this record]. By the time the breakdown barrels in, I’m ready to stagedive off my cubicle. This is a ripper.

NPR has the exclusive stream, so check it out there. I look forward to the upcoming Terry Gross interview with Riley Gale.

Nightmare Logic is out February 22nd on Southern Lord.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Is it just me or does that NPR player sound horrible? Sounds like my audio when I’m running. Up and down.

    Edit: I guess it’s Soundcloud, but still something sounds off.

    • Randall’s Sweaty Space Pants

      SoundCloud audio is always brutal.

  • Randall’s Sweaty Space Pants

    Fuck You, Oklahoma!

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹


    Excited for a new album? Flip a coin. Heads? Kurt Ballou’s involved. Tails? Kurt Ballou’s involved. Dude seems to have a hand in all the best shit going on these days. It’s wonderful.

    • Y’know, I thought I had read that Kurt did the record but now I’m not entirely sure. This may have been total bullshit on my part.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        It’s Arthur Rizk, who’s done their previous stuff too.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Oh yeah, he’s in Sumerlands too, isn’t he? And I think he also did a Purient album and Pissgrave, right?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Yeah, he’s in Eternal Champion too and has done some stuff for Volahn and Inquisition too, and Gatecreeper too, I think.

        • It’s likely, but you sure? I searched for him and Kurt everywhere in my promo materials (and elsewhere). Couldn’t find either one mentioned.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            P sure, like, 98%, from Power Trip’s FB page.

      • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹
  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    NPR’s write up is kinda weird, bringing in Lemmy and whatnot.

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Kinda seems like Motorhead was their only other point of reference for 80s metal or something. Kinda like “Well, now that Motorhead’s gone, I guess this is where things are headed next,” lol.

      I fucking love Power Trip, but they’re not really exploring new territory or anything. They sound a lot like that one Cro-Mags album, Best Wishes.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Yeah, if Lemmy died in 1982 and this was 1983, the write up would’ve made more sense.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          Yeah, I get the feeling the writer maybe did a little Wikipedia-ing to get more acquainted with things. Oh well, they brought us new Power Trip. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth / don’t look a gift track in its write-up? lol

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        Yea i was reading the piece, and it didn’t make sense to me the Motorhead topic.
        For me it sounded more of a pissed off late 80’s Slayer on steroids, same kind of sound at some point.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Well that was a total ripper.

  • Xinen

    Thanks for this, plus its good to know when the next album is due. Excited to hear the whole thing.

  • HELL YEAH! Tune sounds great!

    Could you imagine if Terry Gross interview them? Would be great.

    Let me just saying the word “great” again, great.


  • TrundleTheGreat

    Good, I needed more Power Trip. Seeing them Saturday just wasn’t enough.

  • First time hearing this JOECORE band, sounding good so far!

  • Waynecro

    “All right!” at 1:51 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • CT-12

    Hell yeah, was hoping/suspecting you would post about this! Couldn’t be more stoked for this release, and I completely agree with you saying that this is the best current thrash band going. For me, what’s sets Power Trip aside from a lot of their contemporaries is the sheer fucking attitude they inject into their riffs, something’s that been missing in a lot of current thrash music. (example of “attitude riff” – 0:57 riff in this song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHGm-e-WY0E

  • FUCK