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26 August 2020 14:37

Vogue Williams Spencer Matthews Brian McFadden

Riley Gale, frontman with thrash metal band Power Trip, dies aged 34

Riley Gale, the singer of thrash metal band Power Trip, passed away on Monday — the Dallas band have confirmed. Gale formed the group twelve years ago when he was 22 after placing an advert on a local message board when guitarist Blake Ibanez answered the call and the rest is history. The band created a reputation thanks to their heavy touring and accrued a strong word of mouth audience thanks to their diverse sound. In 2013, Power Trip signed with Southern Lord who released their debut album Manifest Decimation, the band then went on to share their sophomore effort Nightmare Logic which arrived in February 2017 and it peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. It is believed that their third record was on the way.

"It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night," the band wrote. If you have a memory of Riley please share it, no matter how small, as we remember him," Power Trip added. No cause of death has been given for the Texas quintet's politically outspoken vocalist Riley Gale, lead singer of Texas thrash metal band Power Trip, has died aged 34. No cause of death has been announced. The band wrote in a statement: It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night.

Power Trip are regarded as one of America's most exciting and politically astute metal bands, whose sound draws on hardcore punk. They formed in Dallas in 2008, and released two acclaimed albums, 2013's Manifest Decimation and 2017's Nightmare Logic, plus a compilation of early tracks and a live album. In 2020, Gale guested on Point the Finger by Body Count, the thrash band featuring rapper Ice-T, who was among those paying tribute to Gale. "I'm devastated… Still don't know how… I'm speechless," he wrote on Twitter. Members of Slipknot, Machine Head, Anthrax and other bands also paid tribute; the band Code Orange wrote: "You made a huge dent in heavy music history that will last for ever." Gale was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, saying in 2017 that he "certainly falls under what I would label as 'the enemy to the common people'.

His songwriting addressed social inequality and activism, and he described Nightmare Logic as "dealing with this waking nightmare, things seem so surreal that they're unbelievable … trying to find optimism and a motivating force and realising that the 99% of us have more in common than we think". The band tweeted "cease and desist" to Fox News after their music was played on the channel in 2017. Other reports have stated Gale's age as 35, but his age was confirmed to the Guardian via his UK press representative. Riley Gale, the lead singer of thrash metal band Power Trip, has died at the age of 34. His family announced the news on a statement on the band's official Twitter page on Monday night.

"It is with greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night," they shared. "Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. "He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. We will celebrate Riley's life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind. You, the fans, meant so much to him, please know how special you are." (Image: Getty Images) The statement ended with a request for fans to donate to Dallas Hope charities instead of giving flowers.

The cause of Gale's death has not yet been revealed. Ice T, whose band Body County collaborated with Gale this year, shared a tribute on social media following the announcement. The rapper tweeted: "'I just got the news.. Still don't know how… I'm speechless. Ice T then followed this up with a music video he made in quarantine with Gale for their joint single Point The Finger during lockdown. Sharing an earlier recording of him introducing the vid to fans, the hip hop star said: "This is an iPhone quarantine video for you motherf******. (Image: Getty) Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg also paid tribute by tweeting: "So sad to hear of Riley Gale's passing. I only had the good fortune of meeting him once, but he had a way of making you feel like you'd known him forever, instantly. Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast shared: "Riley was one of the sweetest guys ever. Anyone who spent any time with him knows that. (Image: Karol Makurat/REPORTER/REX/Shutterstock) Power Trip were formed in 2008, when Riley was just 22, and had two full length albums, 2013's Manifest Decimation and 2017's Nightmare Logic. A year later they released a compilation album Opening Fire: 2008-2014 and recording Live in Seattle 05.28.2018 was released this year. Riley Gale, the lead singer of the thrash metal band Power Trip, has passed away at the age of 34. The talented artist's family confirmed his death in a statement posted to the band's Twitter page on Tuesday, Aug. 25. "It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night," the statement began. "Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends." In their statement, Gale's family noted that they will continue to celebrate his life and will "never forget the great works of music, charity, and love" that he left behind. "You, the fans, meant so much to him," the statement continued, "please know how special you are." Power trip singer Riley Gale has died at the age of 34, the band has confirmed. A statement issued late on Tuesday night announced the news with the group saying: "It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night. "Riley was a friend, a brother, a son," they continued (via Pitchfork). "Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. "He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends. "We will celebrate Riley's life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind. "You, the fans, meant so much to him, please know how special you are. If you have a memory of Riley please share it, no matter how small, as we remember him." The band is asking for donations to the Dallas Hope Charity, which works with homeless people, in Gale's memory. Thrash metal band Power Trip formed in Dallas, Texas in 2008. Their first studio album, Manifest Decimation, was released in 2013 to positive reviews. Their 2017 follow-up Nightmare Logic also received positive reviews. Power Trip's music is frequently political and Gale was never afraid to voice his opinions in interviews. Speaking to Revolver in 2018, he said: "If you don't like our stances, don't support our band. We try to make it pretty clear that we might all be white males, but this is not a band for white males to enjoy and be dumb rednecks."