BEST METAL 2013 - METAL MONDAY: Heretic’s Fork by Power Trip - ‘Tis the season for end of year music lists, and here at Strong Opinions I think those lists suck. Instead of a list, I am simply going to post tunes from the bands I thought were quite excellent for the rest of the week. That includes the Dallas, TX thrash metal act Power Trip, whose impressive debut album from Southern Lord blew me away. This band is armed to the teeth in riffs, and even when they are skirting dangerously close to Metallica or Slayer, they manage to bring it back towards their own thrash meets hardcore grind.
There are plenty of awesome tracks off this album, but Heretic’s Fork probably has the hookiest of hooks on the record. The real fun though starts at 2:37 when the mayhem switches gears and the riff kicks into this low grind / groove chug that like a locomotive just bowls you over. That is what makes this album stand out over many over thrash metal throwbacks; it gives a nod to the past but sounds fresh by throwing in some surprises and rewriting the thrash cookbook. There is good reason this has appeared on those best of lists, because it is one of the best thrash releases in quite a few years.
Here is the OFFICIAL artwork for our new album, which is different than a couple others floating around. Thanks to everyone who has checked MANIFEST DECIMATION out. We will be in California this weekend to play with NAILS.