IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder (1981-2022)

I’m not going to start this write-up and pretend like I have a solution for grief or that I’ve made peace with the fact that Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is no longer with us. As of this writing, it’s been nearly a week since his passing and frankly, I’m still trying to process that. Telling myself that it can’t be true since I’ve seen Strnad and his bandmates have seemingly all the fun onstage at least seven times.

In time I’ll accept what has occurred. But let’s take a look back.

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TombSnakes Shares New Single and Video – “Two Shakes”

New Mexico metallers TombSnakes , featuring members of The Saint James Society, Vigilantics, and True Widow will drop their debut EP, No Graves, due out March 18th, 2022 via Blank City Records. Check out the first single “Two Shakes”, which features guest vocals from True Widow’s Nicole Estill. The song was written spontaneously the night the group heard of the passing of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale (RIP). Pre-orders are live at the link below. Watch it now!

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part 2



With energy levels and festival excitement still high, quality acts such as Welsh black metallers Agrona, Norfolk thrashers Shrapnel, Liverpool doom/sludge merchants Conan, and a reinvigorated and retooled Evile invade the Sophie Lancaster Stage, decimating all before them. Birmingham grindcore legends Napalm Death complete the day’s entertainment with a reliably devastating set, the crowd gathered outside the tent almost as huge as the one inside.

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Power Trip Releases Manifest Decimation and Nightmare Logic on Special Edition Vinyl

As we approach the one year anniversary of the death of Riley Gale of Power Trip, the band in conjunction with his family have released new special vinyl edtiions of the bands’ classic albums Manifest Decimation and Nightmare Logic. These are available for pre-order at their Bandcamp, and and proceeds from the sale of these albums will go “directly to The Riley Gale Memorial Foundation, which will benefit several causes that Riley held dear” – according to a message from the band. Read the full message and order the albums today. RIP Riley.

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Neil Peart, Riley Gale, Frankie Banali, Adam Schlesinger, and Eddie Van Halen Honored in NBC News 2020 In Memoriam

NBC News shared its 2020 annual recap of those we have lost from entertainment and pop culture. Among the legends who were paid tribute, rockers like Neil Peart, Eddie Van Halen, and Frankie Banali, Metal vocalist Riley Gale, composer and pop/rock artist Adam Schlesinger, and many more. Many other music heroes such as Ennio Morricone, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Charley Pride, and others were also honored, along with iconic figures who passed away such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Chadwick Boseman, Alex Trebek, James Lipton, Vera Lynn (mentioned in a Pink Floyd song on The Wall), Congressman John Lewis, and sadly many, many more. RIP

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Fox News Reporter Greg Gutfeld Pays Tribute to Power Trip’s Riley Gale

We are still reeling from the devastating loss of Riley Gale of Power Trip, who died Monday night. Fox News‘ program ‘The Five‘ was originally not the most favorite show of late Gale, but they paid tribute to him. The show’s resident metalhead, Greg Gutfeld paid a heartfelt tribute and talked about becoming friends, and how they became friends. When the band was originally mentioned the show, their use of their music was met with a tweet of ‘cease & desist’ and their fans followed suit. Gutfeld reported that Riley died in his sleep”, but that has not been confirmed by the family yet. He also said he thinks, everyone should “buy Nightmare Logic and make it go to number 1.” The two guys from different worlds and different points of view had a meeting of the minds, not a surprise if you knew Riley, who was a great uniter of peoples. RIP.

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Rising Metal Legend and Power Trip Vocalist Riley Gale Dies, Fellow Rockers Mourn

Terrible news for the music world as published reports announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, has passed away. He was 34 (UPDATE: Riley’s age was originally said to be 35, and we have edited this story). Power Trip ascended to the new wave of American Metal, combining Crossover Thrash and Hardcore, partly on the strength of Riley’s incredible performances, brilliant politically-minded lyrics, and killer style. No cause of death has been revealed and according to a statement from the band, funeral and visitation arrangements are pending. Riley was a brilliant talent and mind, and he will be missed. Many leaders of the music world paid respect from Ice-T of Body Count, Lamb of God, Code Orange, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Jesus Piece, Anthrax, Thursday, Thrice, Machine Head, Creeping Death and more you can read below. Even Fox News, once a source of ire from Riley, had to pay respect! We interviewed him a few years back and he was awesome. The band has been one of the best in the world live in a short period of time. Riley’s family released a statement via social media which you can read below and you can read the many condolences of fellow peers. RIP Riley.

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Body Count Shares a New Music Video for “Point The Finger” ft. Riley Gale of Power Trip

Body Count, featuring Ice-T, has released their new music video for the vicious new song ‘Point The Finger’, featuring vocalist Riley Gale of Power Trip. The song comes from the recent acclaimed new Body Count release, Carnivore, out now via Century Media Records. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the “Point The Finger” clip was shot entirely with the band members’ cell phones in-home quarantine, produced and edited by Jay Rodriguez for Itchy House Films. Watch the clip now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Body Count – Carnivore

You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special Victims Unit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading