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Metal Musicians React to the Death of Power Trip’s Riley Gale


This one really stings. Not that all deaths in the metal community don’t. But he was so young, very much on the up-and-up, one of metal’s most powerful rising forces, a positively captivating frontman, and by all accounts an extremely kind and fun individual. It was way too soon and, frankly, we’re reeling.

So too is the rest of the metal community, if our social media feeds are any indication. Here’s a collection of reactions from well-known metal musicians and personalities to the extremely untimely death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, who it was revealed last night passed away on August 24 of undisclosed causes.

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

Ice T:

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jose Mangin (SiriusXM):

Scott Lewis (Carnifex):


Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Coheed & Cambria:


Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Joey Belladonna (Anthrax):

Trivium (Matt Heafy):


Randy Blythe (Lamb of God):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Geoff Rickly (Thursday):

Touche Amore:


Fucked Up:


20 Buck Spin:

Kevin Kaine (Knocked Loose):

Creeping Death:

Amoeba Music:

Shai Hulud:

Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain):


Saint Vitus Bar:

Code Orange:


This is Hell:

Harm’s Way:


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