10 June 2013
by Raziq Rauf
It was just in April that Invisible Oranges announced that re-thrash is dead. It was a big statement seeing as the thrash revival has thrown up such names as Municipal Waste and Havoc in its time as the gumby’s best friend. While it’s certainly accurate to point at Entombed-core being the metalhead’s most favourable mode of headbanging these days, that guy clearly hadn’t heard Manifest Decimation, the debut album from Power Trip.
What sets this lot apart is that the production moves away from the stark, tinny sound that’s characterised the more notable releases in the nu thrash genre, in favour of a swollen, fuzzy sound that’ll certainly sound familiar to Motörhead fans. The drum sound is the opposite to whatever it is Lars thinks he achieved on St Anger. It means that through the hostile chaos, Power Trip sound enormous. Manifest Decimation sounds enormous.
The title track opens the album. There are banshee wails from Riley Gale’s mouth and there are banshee wails from Blake Ibanez’s madcap guitar solo. Those are the tentpoles that the circle pit-inducing drums, the mosh breakdown and the general sense of war run rings around. It’s quite the party. With vicious lyrical themes that seem to centre around torture, historical wrongs and other anti-establishment vibes, it’s clear that Power Trip are as much a throwback to the classic thrash era as they are a band for right now.
The other seven tracks cover the excellent frantic chugging of ‘Heretic’s Fork’ and the also excellent Slayer/Metallica blend of ‘Conditioned to Death’ that leads into the downright gnarly ‘Murderer’s Row’. ‘Crossbreaker’ slows down, eschewing the mosh in favour of the headbang before picking it back up halfway through ‘Drown’. There is more of a classic metal sound in ‘Power Trip’ – something of a definitive anthem – and then the longest song, ‘The Hammer of Doubt’ closes the album. Beginning with a sample from Blood Simple and reverb, it soon descends into anarchic metal (and reverb).
Power Trip take you on a journey with Manifest Decimation both musically and lyrically. It’s an excellent debut and whatever you may have heard, the reports of Re-Thrash’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Thrash lives.
Sounds like: Thrash Talk ? that’s a pun on Trash Talk, by the way
Top tracks: Heretic’s Fork, Crossbreaker, Power Trip