You like speed?
Admittedly, I just had a coffee. Admittedly, I just front-to-backed this record twice in a row. With a blistering eight tracks the 32 minute run time flies by.
The problem with many metal records today is that maturity is a necessity for a band. If their sound doesn’t change they are seen as regressionist and lazy. This may be true for some bands and some genres, but when you are listening to a band like Power Trip, you aren’t looking for frills. Nightmare Logic is a lean cut of thrash metal crossover steak, devoid of any filler.
Nightmare Logic is the best parts of Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, and pastiche of other early thrash bands. Power Trip has transported this bloated and repetitive genre into the present. Vocally, Power Trip growls and rasps through choruses and verses, long gone are the high pitched wails of a young James Hetfield or Phil Anselmo. What’s left is a well-oiled thrashy machine with mountains of riffs.
Nightmare Logic feels heavier, more cohesive and is an overall improvement from their debut album, Manifest Decimation.
Power Trip – Live set August 2016:
Nightmare Logic is a METAL record at its very center. It’s messy and raw and emotive. The production mirrors that seamlessly as the guitars sound massive, distorted and for lack of a better adjective, dirty. The bass is muddy and the drums pound away to provide a cadence ripe for head banging. This darkened atmosphere perfectly sets the ambiance, and gives it a distinct flavor over other current thrash bands that often have a compressed and glossy sound. This record is packed full of adrenaline, excitement, snarls and bravado.
The struggle with consistently listening to music is that you are often faced with the dilemma of liking more and more obscure and difficult music. You can often lose the ability to just enjoy music because it (excuse my insanely cliché following) rules, and Nightmare Logic rules.
It’s not re-writing the book on metal or thrash metal, but it provides a fun and action packed listen that is brimming with insanely heavy, fast, distorted, and guitar driven songs. If you like metal music at its most base, Nightmare Logic will have you head banging into next Tuesday.
by Andy Wilcox