Blake Ibanez: “Fugitive has the same attack and tightness that Power Trip has, but there’s a little more room to swing around and play some groovier riffs”

Blake Ibanez performs live
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Beloved crossover thrashers Power Trip were poised to return the heavy metal crown to their hometown of Dallas, where their forebears Pantera created some of the genre’s most brutal riffs and grooves in the ’90s. But then the unthinkable happened.

Two-and-a-half years to the day after releasing their now-classic 2017 album, Nightmare Logic, vocalist Riley Gale died of an accidental overdose on the eve of a European tour with Lamb of God and Kreator. 

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.