Dryline was formed in Dallas in 1999. Signing to the local label Zero-Sum, the band’s debut was produced by D. Braxton Henry who had also worked with label-mates Jacknife. The two bands also toured in the winter of 2006. The group went belly up in 2008.
DRYLINE - REACH FOR THE SURFACE - ZERO-SUM
Dryline’s debut album is called Reach For The Surface and one gets that pesky feeling that the band has done just that. The album is a by-the-numbers metalcore release played by five guys who sure look like every other crossover band out there. You know, short hair, hoodies, goatees and the skater haircut all make an appearance. The songs are not bad at all, but damn too near all the other hardcore-leaning bands doing the rounds nowadays. The singer rasps dryly, while the bass drums rattle on without power. The guitarists seem to be doing a couple of interesting things in the background, but the mix does not put them up front the way it should. Dryline is probably going to get a couple of good reviews from the usual suspects on the news-stands, but for it to make a dent on the metal scene a more imaginative effort is a must next time. Oh, and some more metal too please. - Anna Tergel