Power Trip frontman Riley Gale dead at 34

'He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart'

Riley Gale, the vocalist for Texas thrash metal band Power Trip has died. Gale was 34.

“It is with greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night,” reads a statement shared by the band. “Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend.”

The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Power Trip were celebrated for their crossover appeal, and Gale was outspoken about fostering an inclusive scene at the band’s shows and in its fanbase.

“We’re political in a sort of morally relativistic way where if someone is wearing a Power Trip shirt, you can probably assume that that person isn’t like some weird, racist, meathead piece of shit — hopefully,” Gale said in a 2018 interview with Revolver. “We try to make it pretty clear that we might all be white males, but this is not a band for white males to enjoy and be dumb rednecks.”

Power Trip formed in 2008, the band released two full-length albums, 2013’s Manifest Decimation and 2017’s Nightmare Logic.

Rest in power, Riley Gale.