The Texans with a disregard for your feelings go by the name Power Trip. They are able to open up a world of Thrashing hurt with their 2017 release, Nightmare Logic. Behind the bruised delivery and the bloodshed of blitzing instrumentation, Power Trip is a continuously explosive device that transfers one of the best records that push pain and misery to the forefront.
In a destructive demise that is led by the hardcore stance of a swift kick to the stomach with “Soul Sacrifice”. An opening track that maneuvers the atmospheric crunch and some synth chords to then blow the hinges off Pandora’s box. With the instantly recognizable riff that feels weighted behind mountains of dirt and grime, the sudden gloss of the guitar wails, tightening faces, and relentless bumps of acceleration that make thrash metal exciting again. From the earliest roots with bands like Death, to the new kings of Power Trip; thrash metal as a genre has never had a better phase as the experimentation and ability for production is at an all-time high.
As Power Trip moves through the crowd like a tiger shark, the band uses each limb of instrumentation to form some sort of attacking ability. Whether the persistence of the guitar from Nick Stewart and Blake Ibanez, the swing of Chris Ulsh on the percussion, the rumbling of Chris Whetzel on the bass, or Riley Gale’s abrasive vocalization; Power Trip has something for just about any angry moshing dream.
With the tension building as Nightmare Logic progresses, Power Trip becomes increasingly more and more focused on creating a stained image of the hardcore atmosphere. As they draw the first kill, Power Trip continues to strike again and again as the hammer comes down with “Waiting Around to Die”. Aggressive from the jump, Power Trip works to form these bridges that connect the band before finally burning them as multiple solos and standouts begin to flood the frame. Each track begins to bleed into the next and starts to crush into one pulverizing mess of anger and passion.
Through an incredibly entertaining display, Power Trip takes Nightmare Logicto new heights where the breakdowns give only mere seconds for the listener to catch their breath. They are thrown into the depths with raging string sections, a vocalist that not only commands the microphone, but is also able to hold a sense of substance behind his voice. There are also the final sections of percussion and sampling that act as the choice cuts on Nightmare Logic.
With their twisted vibration that forms the spine of Power Trip, each piece is so pivotal and necessary in the aid to the desolation. Nightmare Logicis not for the faint of heart and holds one of the ugliest truths around, Power Trip can and will absolutely destroy you.
The Pink Overlord from Harlem’s New York finest housing projects stretching from Lenox Avenue to 126th; Cam’ron is a New York superhero. From the flashy diamond rings, the Bentley Coupe, or the pink overcoats, Kill Cam had it all with a level of respect in both his musical style and his personality. He is a walking embodiment of hip-hop on a street power level; and his 2004 project Purple Hazeis a direct insight on the Harlem resident’s outer view on the surrounding area of New York and beyond.
Reaching into the deep rich history that both Harlem and Cam’ron share would take years as most of his life would be impossible to even record throughout. With over “2000 unreleased songs”, it is apparent from Cam’ron that he is one of the hardest working artists in music along side the help of a young Kanye West, Jim Jones, Juels Santana, and hundreds of collaborations that would eventually come later in his career. Purple Haze benefits from these features and is able to produce this New York sound of the sunny days in Harlem stretching on Madison Avenue, but also the busy streets of the inner city where the subway cars are in a constant capacity and momentum.
With Cam’ron rolling out the rug on his first track cleverly named “Intro” which then leads into “More Gangsta Music” that can instantly get the crowd moving and shouting along to the easy-to-follow chorus. Cam’ron holds this classiness supporting his vision that is approachable from a hip-hop fan, but also as a sense to study the music and the way that it can be built and produced in a pop style that can connect to nearly anyone. Even as Killa Cam describes “I’m on the south side of Chicago looking for a real hoe, I don’t see a touchdown; arms up field goal… I ain’t dissin’ you dog, I’m dismissing you. Get the R. Kelly tape and see how we piss on you.” There is some magic factor behind Cam’ron’s bravado and command on the microphone that illustrates just how charismatic he was.
Rhyming through the sudden swarm of 808 bass drums and the church-esque choirs on “Get Down” where Chad Hamilton handled the production. Cam’ron again handles the microphones and is able to seriously create a classic almost as soon as the first drum beat starts to flourish and stretch. “No one supposed to know, but she lay me up like the prime minister. Thousand grams of dope, smelling like Heinz Vinegar” Cam’ron explains as the clicking hi-hat acts as a burner to the stove of the production that delivers this sense of depth to the sound.
Especially with an album as well produced and as everlasting as Purple Haze, there is going to be the continuous flow of skits and tracks that invoke that grasp of smile-invoking power. “Killa Cam” is a track that comes into mind that feels like a drive through the dark nights of New York where the fluorescents are the primary source of light. “Killa Cam” has the emotional attachment to feeling unstoppable and being able to take anything right to the chin. Almost like a verbal bulletproof vest, “Killa Cam” swoops in and speeds off into the night with only a trail of taillights behind.
Then featuring the famous Kanye West featured “Down And Out”, Purple Haze continues to deliver and represent the iconic team-ups that Cam’ron would have through his career. As the 24-total tracks are finally laid out on the table, Cam’ron opens up and shows one of the best hip-hop releases in musical history. His wordplay, his production selection, and his raw ability is just inspiring and it made him a staple of New York as the Harlem Hero from the streets to Manhattan high rises.