HistoryThe band was formed in Los Angeles in 2000 and issued a demo called Salt The Wound. A series of demos followed with names like Redefining The End, Dawn Of The Shredd and Still Untitled New Stuff. The Bred On Deception CD of 2006 ended up getting the band closer to a deal and the Californians issued the Pave The Way album at the beginning of 2009. It was produced by the band’s guitarist Weitzel and then mixed and mastered by Logan Mader of Machine Head.
The band earlier had had a run-in with another band with the same name. The group ha also travelled to New Zealand for the 6606 Metal Fest.
FLATLINE - PAVE THE WAY - STAND AND DELIVER
The look of the album’s cover, the name of the band alongside titles like Generations Fall, Collapse, The Passing and Worn Thin made me think Flatline is a machoer-than-thou band full of bravado and tales of the hood. No one wants that crap. Three band members have fine long hair, but then again two of the guys look macho Pantera with shaved head, goatee and rings here, there and everywhere which does nothing for a girl. I have never heard of Stand And Deliver before either. The band has covered Pantera before so this has to reek.
Fortunately, Flatline is way better than that. Sure, the lowered expectations helped. What really worked in the band’s favour however were good songs, hard beats and the stroke of melody and dynamics. Oh sure, there is loads of Pantera worship on Pave The Way, but Flatline actually writes heavy songs with grunting vocals not to copy Pantera or Soulfly but to beat ya down and scream 'liberation!' Heavy metal is in attendance on all songs as the sorties into thrash metal show diversity without losing heaviness. The melodic touches could be intentional to move the band away from obtuse machoisms, though in all honesty they sound genuine and part of the song.
The lyrics are by rights angry and the smashing instruments brutal so do not expect Mötley Crüe here either. Imagine a band like Pissing Razors or Pantera with more class. - Sheila Wes Det