Last week shook, the metal world was shaken to its core when it was announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale had passed away. For many, the Texas-based thrash band as the future of metal, and so much of that came from Gale’s charismatic and outspoken humanity. While many bands paid tribute to Gale online, Trivium decided to go one step further, covering Power Trip in a recent livestream.
The covers took place during Trivium’s “Deepest Cuts” livestream on their Twitch, during which the band played some of their most rare and less common material. Among those songs were covers of two Power Trip tracks, “Soul Sacrifice” and “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe),” played in tribute to Gale’s memory.
In a tweet, Trivium wrotes, “Today we paid tribute to our good friend, Riley Gale of @PowerTriptx by covering “Soul Sacrifice” & “Swing Of The Axe” during The Deepest Cuts stream. His family asked to donate to the Dallas Hope Charities in his name to show support: dallashopecharities.org REST IN POWER RILEY”
Check out footage of the covers below:
Today we paid tribute to our good friend, Riley Gale of @PowerTriptx by covering “Soul Sacrifice” & “Swing Of The Axe” during The Deepest Cuts stream. His family asked to donate to the Dallas Hope Charities in his name to show support: https://t.co/N0vcOd7Rjm REST IN POWER RILEY pic.twitter.com/qeKAVPJgtE
— Trivium (@TriviumOfficial) August 30, 2020
For the record, here’s the full setlist for the livestream.
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“A Skyline’s Severance”
“Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven”
“No Way To Heal”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“To The Rats”
“Of Prometheus And The Crucifix”
“When All Light Dies”
“Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe)” (Power Trip cover)
“Torn Between Scylla & Charybdis”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”
Power Trip announced Riley’s passing with the following letter released on their social media:
“Dear Power Trip fans worldwide,
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. 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.
Please respect our wishes for privacy during this time. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Dallas Hope Charities, the link to donate directly is here.
– Riley’s Loving Family
P.S. Funeral and visitation arrangements are pending.”
Words by Chris Krovatin