Power Trip Pick Their Top Five Metal albums: What’s Yours?

From the Guardian

Ahead of the release of their new album, Nightmare Logic, the Texan thrash band’s Riley Gale guides us through his favourite metal releases of all time

Power Trip: metal men. Photograph: Renate Winter/Southern Lord

Leeway – Desperate Measures (1991)

I would say the first big record that was a huge influence on the band in the early days was the second Leeway record, Desperate Measures. Born to Expire was really cool, but I thought Desperate Measures just had this really cool songwriting going on – it wasn’t as fast, but it was still very, very metal. It was kind of groovy, and Eddie [Sutton] had this really wild vocal style that I never even tried to capture. When we started the band, it was more like crossover by way of New York hardcore, so obviously we liked Cro-Mags and Nuclear Assault and all that stuff, but Leeway – who are from Queens, New York – and the Icemen got a lot of love. At our first show, we actually covered the intro to the [Leeway] song called Kingpin. We did that a few times; I’ve always loved that riff in that song, so we just played around with that at the first couple shows. I still love that record – to this day, I can still put it on and not get tired of it.

Sacrilege – Behind the Realms of Madness (1985)

When we started writing our first album Manifest Decimation, I remember the rest of the band getting into Sacrilege with me and Chris Ulsh. Behind the Realms of Madness was a huge one. I just thought vocally that Lynda “Tam” Simpson was so cool and sounded cooler than any thrash vocalist I had heard. Everything about that record is awesome to me; it’s got those cool, almost rock’n’roll-style riffs, but it’s very punk – you could mosh your ass off to this one.

Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal (2005)

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