The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 144 (8.29.2020) — Power Trip Edition

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Good morning and welcome to another edition of our weekly mixtape series.  This week, we have an episode dedicated solely to the music of Power Trip.  The Texas thrash band’s vocalist Riley Gale passed away earlier this week, and has left an enormous hole in the extreme metal scene.  Power Trip are an incredible band that made me remember that thrash was good after all, and Riley was a gifted performer and by all accounts a joy to be around.  We at Nine Circles want to send our sincere condolences to Riley’s many friends and family, as well as other Power Trip fans like us grappling with this untimely loss.  Music is what keeps us together in times like this, so celebrate the life of a great human being by digging in to our favorite cuts from his most famous band. There’s several full shows at the tail end of this playlist so we want to thank all of those entities that made these shows available for us to enjoy.

– Vincent

CANTO: Tribulation, Memoira, Garmarna, and More


  • Absolutely heart-breaking news to share today about the passing of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale. At this time, we don’t know exactly what happened, but I’m sure more information will emerge eventually. For now, let’s just recognize that metal lost a great one. Our thoughts are with those close to Riley. RIP.
  • Let’s try and find some positives to share from here on out… starting with Tribulation, who have announced a new album, Where the Gloom Becomes SoundThat is set for a January 2021 release through Metal Blade in North America and Century Media elsewhere.
  • Swedish folk rock crew Garmarna have unveiled new album details as well. Förbundet drops on November 6th through Season of Mist, and you can listen to a new track right now called “Ramunder”.
  • We’ll close the day with a new video from symphonic metallers Memoira for a track called “Shooting Star”, taken from the album Carnival of Creation. That is set for a September 25th release through Inverse Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

Album Review: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic”


Look, you either get it or you don’t. You either feel it in your bones or you rely on the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” principle and work off nostalgia for an album or two until the next trend comes along. For the ones who live and breathe it day in and day out, thrash is the only way to get the aggression out of your system. Make no mistake: Power Trip knows this deep down in their soul, and Nightmare Logic takes the raw intensity of their debut and sharpens the blade to a razor edge in the name of tight, angry no joke thrash that few are making these days.   Continue reading