At the Fine Line Cafe, Minneapolis, MN, USA, May 20, 2018

Power Trip 2018 Tour poster
POWER TRIP (Live at the Fine Line Cafe, Minneapolis, MN, USA, May 20, 2018)
Photo: Zac Halter

A thin, but enthusiastic crowd, greeted Power Trip for their 2018 North American Tour stop at the Fine Line Café in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The private party aspect of such a sparse crowd was a treat for the fans. There was plenty of room to move about and explore different viewpoints and the sound was very good for all the bands.

Power Trip enjoys touring with bands that may not seem like an obvious fit with their raw Sepultura/Slayer/Pantera hybrid sound. They are supported on tour by Sheer Mag, Fury, and Red Death. All three of which brought metal edged punk rock to the fray. A sense of urgency punctuated each of their 25 minute sets.

Surprisingly, Power Trip’s set was just as focused. The band meant business and dished out a sonic beat down clocking in at about 45 minutes. A pretty short set for most headliners. As such, it was a visually and aurally riveting performance. The riffs and rhythms were fierce with no sign of sloppiness and the band members seemed engaged with the crowd.

If you are lamenting the retirement of Slayer and wondering who can possibly fill the void, consider Power Trip. If this band can hold it together and continue to hone their craft, they will be a force to reckon with. We may be looking back at 2013’s Manifest Decimation and 2017’s Nightmare Logic the same we recall early releases from the Big Four of Thrash. See them now before a major label molds them into something much bigger.


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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