A barrage of sonic abuse akin to smashing your forehead against a brick wall multiple times is what greets you throughout The Colour Line‘s latest output, ‘The Long Awaited Seal Of Disapproval’. Heralding from Hull, England and forming back in 2011, the self-proclaimed “technical hardcore” crew take very clear influences from such bands as Every Time I Die and The Dillinger Escape Plan, and combine these to make an exquisite audible assault.
Whether it be the calamitous introduction to opening track ‘E = MC Hammered’, combining discordant guitar riffs with a schizophrenic bass tone, or the humorously titled ‘Usama’s Bin Liners’ demonstrating a catchy rhythm section broken up with staccato guitar flourishes and a Gallows-esque vocal delivery, there’s an awful lot going on in The Colour Line‘s musical landscape.
Forming a close kinship to the technical metal scene, the band display multiple genres throughout this EP, veering from full on hardcore to progressive passages of melody, with vocalist Sam Rudderforth delivering accented touches similar in style to that of Keith Buckley. No more is this highlighted than during ‘R.E.D.’, arguably the most melodic track on this release which includes a groovy chorus set upon a simple background riff early on, before a progressive interlude kicks in and is then offset against a vicious vocal assault before turning full circle to that hooky chorus again. Phew.
EP closer, ‘Sarcastronaut’ launches into full The Dillinger Escape Plan territory with odd time signatures, impassioned cries from Rudderforth, and random flurries from heavily layered guitars leading from tuneful melodies one second to harsh machine gun blasts the next. Further confusion is revealed in the last minute with a decent guitar solo unlike anything from the previous three minutes fading the song into silence.
Five tracks spanning just over the 15 minute mark, this EP is a body of music that will require multiple listens for the casual listener to get to grips with. Study deep into the fabric of this band though and you’ll find new elements upon each playthrough. If The Colour Line continue along this trajectory, then a bright future lies before them.
Written by Neil Criddle (@DJCriddz)