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PowerTribe - Prepare for Battle

Prepare for Battle
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 17 September 2018, 7:37 AM

POWERTRIBE is an American heavy metal band. The power trio consists of John Chominsky on drums, Missy Percifield on bass and vocals, and Darren Stroud on guitar. Their debut release “Prepare for Battle” will be available everywhere by September 14th, 2018.  They originally formed in Los Angeles, California in 2015 and was primarily known as a Progressive Instrumental Rock Guitar Band while focusing on the guitar rwork of Darren Stroud. By late 2017, the guitar-centric focus switched to a newer creative writing process, featuring the vocals of Missy Percifield. The band is now known as a female fronted, guitar-driven, heavy metal band. POWERTRIBE melds the aesthetics of the heavy metal and American hard rock with lyrical topics and expanding into philosophical and social commentary.

“Arise” leads off the album, with an air of mystery and a heavy riff. Missy brings powerful vocals, subdued at first and then she lets them rip in the chorus. Darren and John hold down the bottom end with steady riffing and drumming. “Burn the Fear” is like a faster JUDAS PRIEST song, with a raucous riff and the screams of Missy melting everything around it. The guitar riffs don’t connect very well musically until the chorus; it’s an odd mix for me. “Fight of the Enochians” opens with a classical guitar riff and solo and is more within the realm of Power Metal, within the up and down scales that Darren is laying down. The piece has a bit more of a bite to it than earlier work, and really showcases Darren’s work as an axe-master.

“I am here Alive” is much more melancholy and somber out of the gate, a slower song with introspection. That is, until you reach the chorus, which is thick with Missy’s vibrato, and it has an early QUEENSRYCHE feeling to it. “Kill Feed Sleep Repeat” opens with a beautiful and skillful piano passage that leads to a speedy riff executed at break-neck speed. The chorus is sung partially in falsetto, in the upper ranges. “Machine Gun Opus” is an instrumental that has a firey resolve and a lot of changes along the way. It’s the second instrumental where I have really noticed some fine guitar work, and some varied songwriting. “PowerTribe” opens with a guitar thick with chorus, and some suspenseful tones in both the riff and the vocals. Missy’s vocals are calculated and well thought out, sung in a dreamy fashion. The chorus is where she really turns it up.

“Prepare for Battle” is the title track. It has a standard Power/Classis Heavy Metal feeling to it. The main riff chugs away while the vocals explore the landscape a bit. Darrius lays down another strong guitar solo here. “The Living Envy the Dead” closes the album, with fervor and strength. It has an anthemic sound and caps off the album pretty well. Overall, I found the album to be a bit inconsistent. There were moments of brilliance and a feeling that they band can definitely play their instruments well. But, the vocals were a bit all over the place. Sometimes too soft and other times right on, if she finds her “sweet spot,” they could really be onto something here. It’s a lot of sounds for a three piece act, I will give them that. Someone sign this band so they can up the production value on their next album and really make a killing.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Arise
2. Burn the Fear
3. Flight of the Enochians
4. I am here Alive
5. Invisible
6. Kill Feed Sleep Repeat
7. Machine Gun Opus
8. PowerTribe
9. Prepare for Battle
10. The Living Envy the Dead
Darren Stroud – Guitars
Missy Percifield – Bass, Vocals
John Chominsky – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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