Tributes to Riley Gale of Texas thrash band Power Trip, who died at 34


Riley Gale, lead singer of thrash metal band Power Trip from Austin, Texas, has passed away at the age of 34.His death has been confirmed by his family, who said he passed away yesterday (August 25). The cause of Gale’s death is currently unknown.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we must announce that our singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” Riley’s family wrote in a statement posted on Power Trip social media.

“Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and generous friend. He touched so many lives through his words and his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as friends and he always took care of his friends.

They added, “We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity and love that he left behind. You fans have meant so much to him, know how special you are. If you have a memory of Riley, share it, no matter how small, as we remember him.

The family also asked fans to respect their privacy and direct donations to the Dallas Hope Charities. See the statement below:

Power Trip was first formed in 2008 in Dallas, Texas, with a lineup consisting of Gale, guitarists Blake Ibanez and Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and drummer Marcus Johnson.

To date, the group has released two feature films on the Southern Lord label – their 2013 debut album, “Manifest Decimation,” and their critically acclaimed 2017 follow-up, “Nightmare Logic.” Their B-side and rarities compilation album ‘Opening Fire: 2008-2014’ was released in 2018, and their live album, ‘Live in Seattle: 05.28.2018’, was released earlier this year.

Prior to Gale’s death, the band were in the studio working on their third album.

The band shared the stage with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium and many more. In addition, Gale recently lent his voice to the hardcore / thrash metal side project of Ice T Body Count, on their album “Carnivore”. He also had a side project with Fucked Up members Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco called Masterpiece Machine.

Tributes to Gale have started pouring in on social media, from Rob Flynn of Machine Head, Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax and more. See them below.


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