Dallas metal musician Riley Gale dead at 34

Riley Gale, the lead singer for the Dallas thrash metal band Power Trip, died on Monday. His family announced the death in a statement on Twitter. He was 34 years old.

A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. “Riley was both a larger-than-life rock star and a humble and giving friend,” the statement said. “He touched so many lives through his lyrics and his big heart.”

Power Trip’s Riley Gale performed at the Loudwire Music Awards at Microsoft’s Novo on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles.(Harmony Gerber / Getty Images)

Several artists, including Ice T who worked with Gale on the song “Point the Finger” earlier this year, have posted awards online.

Power Trip was founded in 2008 and attracted a national audience. The other four members are Blake Ibanez, Chris Ulsh, Nick Stewart and Chris Whetzel.

By 2011, the band filled medium-sized venues like Club Dada. The crowd was loud and prone to circular pits, but Gale, as the front man, was always in control and had no tolerance for fights.

Power Trip successfully captured the energy of its intense live shows with its first album in 2013, Manifest Decimation, which was a critical hit. A second album in 2017, Nightmare Logic, landed on Pitchfork’s list of best new albums. The band released a new single last year, released a live album this summer, and worked on a new project.

Over the years Power Trip has shared stages with acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Danzig.

The band was scheduled to play at HiFi Dallas, a new venue in the Design District, on May 30 before the pandemic. Power Trip’s last local show was on January 11th at the South Side Ballroom. With the title “Evil Beat 2” it was a continuation of “Evil Beat” from 2018, a metal festival to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band.

Funeral and visit regulations are still pending. Donations to Dallas Hope Charities are funded in lieu of flowers.

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