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Power Trip | Live Review – Manchester Rebellion


Any band wondering about how to create a grass roots buzz about themselves should have a long hard look at Power Trip.

I have rarely in my life seen a venue as rammed to capacity as this tonight.

There isn’t room to breathe, and forcing through the mass of crammed bodies to even get a drink at the bar is nigh on impossible.

How did Power Trip do this when established bands cant fill the place respectably?

Well, it’s a gig to be seen at. It is Insta-friendly. The scene is here. And that feels good.

So if this is anything to go by, big things are happening for a band who’ve worked hard with their late 80s / early 90s crossover thrash, bringing the look and feel of that era right back into your face.

They are sharp and energetic from the off.

Riley Gale is a picture with his white long sleeve logo sweater (elasticated cuffs) and hick moustache plus mullet combo, all set off with a baseball cap looking for all the world like he just left a Combat Records lineup shot.

And no sooner have the first chords been struck than eager crowd members are trying to get up on stage with him. Succeeding too: the ridiculous aerial achievements as a hive of moshers vault from stage to pit at this gig tonight are a thing to see indeed.

There’s a decent mix of old and new, but of course its the ‘Nightmare Logic’ stuff that the crowd is singing the choruses to back at them.

Standing back objectively, even though there’s no room to whatsoever in the breathing room only Manchester Rebellion, they’re really just a mashup of Cro Mags, Slayer and Exodus – a fact which somehow is easy to overlook on record where the subtleties offer a bit more differentiation than that.

But there are no subtleties here as the bodies fly around the overwhelmed bouncers.

An absolutely cracking show, they’re selling that old school logo merch hand over fist, and their enthusiasm and colour is quite the filip at this particular time.

Next years Mastodon big metal breakthrough?

Dont rule it out. You dont get 400 people in a club at this stage for no reason.

– Earl Grey ::: 15/08/18
– Pics by Matthew Sheldon and Fergal87


7 Comments
  1. Power trip is a monster. Any live clips I’ve seen look like they give it socks. Where was this show?

  2. Rebellion in Manchester – which also has a pillar…

  3. I forgot to put my name in the first post. I’m looking forward to hearing what they record next. Last release was more polished.

  4. Saw them a few months ago at Brixton Academy. Not only did they wipe the floor with Code Orange (some feat), but they also looked very comfortable playing a show that size.

  5. Great band, definitely don’t see them being a big breakthrough though

  6. brianwilliams82 Says:

    Saw ’em myself a few months back. Immense stuff and one of the few bands who never (in any clips I’ve seen as well as my own experience) suffer from the Shitty Live Metal Sound(tm)

  7. Great at Brixton alright, easily wiped the floor with Code Orange for me as I don’t see the buzz around them at all although appear much improved from when they were Kids as caught at Download a few years ago was awful rubbish altogether.

    Powertrip though blinding set gig had to be stopped and restarted on two occasions the first looked pretty bad, lad completely sparked out.

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