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Music community pays tribute to Power Trip's Riley Gale

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:03 AM PT
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Riley Gale of Power Trip

In the aftermath of Riley Gale's sudden passing, it's obvious just how highly regarded the vocalist of Texas band Power Trip was among those in the metal, hardcore, and rock community.

As news of his death continues to circulate, tributes continue to pour in. Some of them can be read below. RIP.

Creeping Death - "Riley always put on for the home team, he and Power Trip helped open a lot of doors for us and many other bands out of the Texas hardcore scene over the years. The music world lost a huge star, Rest in Power Riley Gale."

Incendiary - "Rest in peace Riley Gale. You were universally loved by everyone, including all of us. Broken heart."

Hatebreed - "Rest In Power Riley Gale. A great frontman, wise beyond his years & bad ass on the mic! You will be greatly missed. Such a loss for heavy music. Our condolences to all who loved him."

Machine Head (via Robb Flynn) - "Very sad to hear about the death of Power Trip singer Riley. Saw them open for Cannibal Corpse and they were fucking awesome. Sending positive energy to the bandmembers and his family."

Ice-T - "I just got the news.. He was only 35. I'm devastated. Still don't know how. I'm speechless. So Fd up... smh"

The Story So Far - "Riley Gale Forever."

Dark Operative - "I will miss you forever, Lil Jumpy Mane. You always facilitated people making new friends everywhere you went and I'm glad you got to be greeted by the same explosion of love wherever you went in this world. Thank you for so many of the best days and nights of my life."

Slipknot (Jay Weinberg) - "So sad to hear of Riley Gale's passing. I only had the good fortune of meeting him once, but he had a way of making you feel like you'd known him forever, instantly. Such a profound loss. Love and deepest sympathies to Power Trip and everyone close to him."

Touche Amore (Jeremy Bolm) - "Devastated by the news of Riley Gale. I really really enjoyed his company and our conversations. He was a deep thinker with a heart of gold. Shared some memories and thoughts here."

Kreator - "RIP to our brother, Riley Gale. We will see you again and finish the business we started! Love and respect."

Killswitch Engage (Jesse Leach) - "Big loss to the musical and metal community...Rest in Power Riley. Awful news... my condolences to the Power Trip band, crew and family."

Coheed And Cambria - "Rest in Power, Riley Gale of Power Trip. We were looking forward to making memories together next year. Our thoughts are with you all."

Twitching Tongues (Colin Young) - "RIP Riley. Very sad day."

Earache Records - "Rest in Power Riley Gale. 34 is waaayyy too young."

Trash Talk (Lee Spielman) - "I love you Riley."

Nonpoint - "Man, horrible news. Sending love to his family, friends and bandmates. Rest In Peace Riley."

Judiciary - "We wouldn't exist without Power Trip and we wouldn't be here without Riley Gale. Riley put on for us and gave us opportunities when he absolutely didn't have to, and some of the bands best memories are directly owed to him. Riley Gale forever."

Venom Prison - "To learn about Riley's passing this morning was a big shock for all of us. He was a kind soul and a truly one of a kind person. Our thoughts go out to Power Trip, your close friends, family, loved ones and crew. Riley Gale forever. Rest in peace brother."

Xibalba - "Riley Gale forever."

Magnitude - "Rest in peace Riley Gale. We'll forever cherish the memories from the environment he helped create every time Power Trip took the stage. His impact and influence within hardcore and the world as a whole will be felt forever. Hold on to your loved ones. We love you all."

Every Time I Die (Andy Williams) - "Power Trip forever."

Lamb Of God (Randy Blythe) - "Rest In Peace, Riley Gale. I don't know what happened to him yet, but I do know that I was really looking forward to touring with him and Power Trip again- in fact, we were already have supposed to have toured in Europe and then this pandemic happened and screwed that up. When I sent him these photos I took last year while doing some Euro festivals together, we were talking about how stoked we were to hit the road together & hang again. Besides being a great frontman, Riley was smart, articulate, well read, politically astute, compassionate, and fearless in expressing his views. These are all things I value highly in an artist and a human being- we got along really well. He loved hardcore and metal, and it is shame for our scene that someone who burned so brightly is gone way too soon- he was a mere 34 years old. Just a great dude with some insanely hilarious stories, and I'll really miss shooting the bull about life and comic books with him. Just two days ago Riley crossed my mind and I thought 'I better shoot him a message and check in and see how he's holding up down there in Texas'- and then I got distracted I forgot. I really wish I had now. My condolences and so much love to Riley's family and all the Power Trip homies."

Code Orange - "Rest In Peace Riley. You made a huge dent in heavy music history that will last forever. Our deepest condolences to his friends, family and the guys in Power Trip."

This Is Hell - "Really awful news, sending love to the Power Trip crew. Rest easy, Riley."

Overkill - "We are saddened to hear this shocking news. Thoughts go out to Riley's friends and family. RIP brother."

Knocked Loose (Isaac Hale) - "I'll never forget my father showing me power trip for the first time. one of the first bands that got me into hardcore from the metal world. So important to me. Riley was always so kind every time I talked to him. I'm devastated."

Jesus Piece - "Rest In Peace to a legend. Someone who cemented a legacy and did so much for so many. Our thoughts and condolences to everyone in Power Trip, friends and family."

Deafheaven - "Love you so much."

The Acacia Strain (Devin Shidaker) - "The loss of Riley Gale, even though I did not know him, truly hurts. I have a mountain of respect for everything he has accomplished, and the art that he shared with us. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and his brothers in Power Trip. RIP"

Gatecreeper (Chase Mason) - "Crushed by the news of Riley's passing. On this tour in 2017 we were constantly confused for one another so eventually we just started forging each other's signature. I'll always remember waking up at Riley's house the day our first record was released in October 2016 because he had let us sleep on his floor the night before. So many memories. Another one gone far too soon. Rest in peace brother."

La Dispute - "Sending love to Power Trip, friends of Riley, family, Texas, all our friends feeling the loss, everyone he so clearly left better for having met or for, like me, just having felt his energy so many times through headphone speakers. Rest in power."

Trivium (Matt Heafy) - "We were able to chat about comics, games, and food - often - and you fronted a band that had the world excited like no other. You will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Riley."

The Black Dahlia Murder (Trevor Strnad) - "RIP Riley Gale" (full statement)

Bad Wolves (Doc Coyle) - "You will be missed, brother. Damn this sucks."

Anthrax (Scott Ian) - "Just heard about Riley. Goddamnit. Sending love to his family and friends and his band."

Harm's Way - "We are in complete shock. Riley and the PT family have always been welcoming and kind to us, from day one. Our community lost genuinely one of the nicest, most fun loving souls I have ever encountered. Tell your friends and family you love them, even the ones you don't talk to."

Of Mice & Men (Alan Ashby) - "Fuck man. Heartbroken."

Carnifex (Scott Lewis) - "'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.' Riley Gale forever."

A Day To Remember (Kevin Skaff) - "I didn't know Riley but Power Trip is awesome. Sad to hear, prayers to the band and their families."

Thursday (Geoff Rickly) - "No, no, no. This is too much. So much love in my heart for Riley. This is a real heartbreak."

Rotting Out - "To a great front man and a even greater friend! Every time RO played TX, you took care of us and always showed us love! Condolences to your family/ friends/fans. We love you, Riley!"

Beartooth (Caleb Shomo) - "One of my favorite bands of all time. Rest in fucking power Riley."

Fucked Up (Damian Abraham) - "I will love and miss you forever Riley."

Year Of The Knife - "Riley always spoke out about what was right and wasn't afraid who it upset in the process. Supported and put on for so many bands, and inspired many more. Rest in power."

Shadows Fall (Brian Fair) - "RIP Riley. I only hung with him a few times in person but I got to know him more from internet interactions. Was just a kindred spirit. We appreciated and saw things in a lot of similar ways. Going to miss knowing he was out there fighting the good fight. Rest in power and love."

Turnstile (Daniel Fang) - "During tour, I asked Riley what he was reading. he closed the book, handed it to me, and said something along the lines of 'I love this guy's stuff. tell me how you like it when you're done and then I'll finish it.' Who does that? We were beyond lucky to have Riley on this Earth."

Full Of Hell - "Rest In Peace to a truly good soul. Take care of your friends and let them know how much they mean to you every chance you get."

Terror - "We shared many stages together over many years. It's sad to see you go so early. Much love to everyone out there who's hurting from this loss. Rest In Peace, Riley."

Shai Hulud (Matt Fox) - "Completely shocked by the news of the sudden passing of Riley Gale. All our love to Power Trip and Riley's numerous fans, friends, and family."

Best Coast - "Riley was one of the sweetest guys ever. Anyone who spent any time with him knows that. What the actual fuck."

Khemmis - "We are heartbroken to hear about Riley's passing. He was a top notch dude who always exuded positivity and joy through his art. Rest in power."

Pelican (Trevor de Brauw) - "My heart goes out to members of Power Trip, their family and friends. RIP Riley."

State Faults - "Rest in Power, Riley."

Exodus - "Crushed. Exodus send our love and support to our brothers in Power Trip, a band on our short list of absolute brothers, people who sharing a stage with is an honor. A privilege. All our support goes out to the Power Trip family, Exodus are here for you. Riley, you will forever be missed."

Undeath - "R.I.P. Riley Gale. What a colossal fucking loss. Was just listening to this perfect 7" the other day. Peace and love to his family and to those he was close to. Power Trip forever."

Pig Destroyer - "R.I.P. Riley Gale. We were fortunate enough to share the stage with you and Power Trip many times. Condolences to the rest of the band and your family."

Municipal Waste (Dave Witte) - "What a shame. We've played some shows together over the years and Riley was super cool every time. Gone way too young. Rest In Peace."

Unearth - "Rest in Power Riley Gale. Thank you for the music and being a strong voice against injustices in society. You'll be forever missed, but your songs and message will live on. Condolences to his friends, family and the entire Power Trip camp."

Set Your Goals (Matt Wilson) - "So sad to hear about Riley Gale. The world just lost an incredibly kind and talented person with an intense passion for what he did. I met Riley 15 yrs ago when SYG played a show w/ Balls Out. He had an endless drive to give back to the music community. This doesn't seem real."






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