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Texas metalcore troupe Dryline’s 12-track endeavor isn’t original in the least, yet it fervently rocks the hell out of most things out today. Sounding like the hybrid of Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, and Haste the Day, this quintet’s passionate penchant for death metal rips on tracks like “Cast For Your Heart” and guitar heroism shines on tracks like “Screaming Because He’s On Fire”. Stellar dynamics also steer the songwriting in the right direction, as this quintet’s solid breakdowns, stop on a dime tempo changes, and twin guitar runs are placed perfectly throughout the entire disc. Add in a Shadows Fall-esque acoustic number “Needless to Say” smack dab in the middle of the chaotic crossfire, and you’ve got one Texas-sized ass kicking album on your hands. Despite the confinements Dryline chooses to follow, REACH FOR THE SURFACE is an explosive album that will keep the moshpit moving.
- Mike SOS