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Power Trip

Power Trip, Funeral Chic, Joy, Invoke, Refocus 

When: Mon., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $12


As the guitars march in tandem and the drums lash at his back, Power Trip frontman Riley Gale delivers his band's thesis statement in a serrated, cutting yell: "I pledge deviance from under the flag." That sociopolitical pronouncement actually arrives at the end of "Power Trip," a sort of self-sovereignty anthem for the young Texas thrash-and-hardcore miscreants who released it on the great 2013 debut, Manifest Decimation. A wild-eyed, antic-prone bandleader, Gale rails against the silliest systems of safe, standard society with old-school, better-than-that invective. The mighty band behind him matches his animosity, bending the mores of metal and punk to create a beastly hybrid and delivering dense riffs heavy, hard and fast. Power Trip is the musical equivalent of a crooked middle finger, raised ecstatically and defiantly. On stage, Gale becomes a preacher, delivering a fervent sermon of solidarity. Power Trip has at last finished its second album, promised to be leaner and meaner than its predecessor. The band stops in Raleigh during a night off from one of the year's biggest metal tours, where it's supporting Anthrax, Lamb of God and Deafheaven. Not a bad consolation prize for a Monday night. With Funeral Chic, Joy, Invoke and Refocus. 8 p.m., $12, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Grayson Haver Currin



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