Dryline – Reach for the Surface

Reach for the Surface

Dallas, Texas’ Dryline plays airtight, precision metal. Critics would reasonably argue that the artists’ music lacks reckless abandon. But this is not to say that it lacks passion. Dryline’s love of this music shows through the highly practiced sound. The passion is a loud and clear on the band’s Zero-Sum Records debut, Reach for the Surface.

This album does not break any new ground. But where Dryline succeeds is in the effortless fusion of different styles of hard music. Melodic one minute, relentless riffing the next – and it usually works. The band’s success, however, should be credited to the guitar and drum work. The vocals are generic in style and message. The barking isn’t bad. It doesn’t detract, but it doesn’t contribute either.

The album is well produced. The guitars have lots of presence, but they are occasionally overpowered by multiple vocal tracks. The CD is a nice package. For some reason, a band’s first quality release usually contains the most thank yous.

Most young fans of metalcore will approve. Seasoned metalcore fans might take issue with the songs’ sometimes formulaic sound. But these flirtations with commercial appeal, found in the melodic breaks or choruses, are not overwhelming because they are well done. Nevertheless, if your favorite band is Converge or Today is the Day, this band probably won’t work for you. But if Poison the Well is more your speed, then Dryline’s Reach for the Surface is worth checking out. The band’s website streams three of the 12 tracks on the album – more than enough to get the idea.