Power Trip lay out their stall pretty early on the record. Production standards that gravitate to 80’s Bay Area thrash with a firm nod to Slayer and Metallica in the first track. The album artwork is strongly redolent of that time too, all skulls and burning clowns and nuclear mushrooms. Everything is very convincing about this record. It has some great solos and some great samples and it’s very metal and has some suitably big riffs. My only problem with it is that it might too closely resemble the authentic metal of that period. You could slip every track off this album into a thrash retrospective and I doubt anyone would notice. It’s almost impossible to believe that it was actually released this year. Still…metal is metal and this is definitely metal and will not disappoint you, provided you’re into ..um…metal (if you need some proof listen to “The Hammer of Doubt”). Just to clarify, this is not an album for fans of chillwave.