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  THE COLOUR LINE: UK TECH-METAL FEST 2013 TRIPLE THREAT REVIEW

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The Interview:
Xander: I'm here with The Colour Line at Tech Fest, lets get introduced!
Hi I'm Sam I play guitar
I'm Sam I play guitar X: Two Sams??
Usama, like the terrorist but spelt different I'm Sam, the vocalist (laughs)
We've got a threesome of Sam's
X: Well this is going to get a bit confusing, how do you tell each other apart?
I'm Sam (GS = guitarist) and he's Sammy (VS = vocalist) and he's brown Sam (BS)
X: Well as long as there's no brown notes
VS: Haha we love brown notes!

X: Well I've seen you guys for the first time today and I don't know anything about you. The first thing that hit me was the energy and how similar to The Dillinger Escape Plan you are. Obviously you're gonna hear a lot of that and I don't think you're a rip off, though obviously an influence and you even slipped a little snippet in at the end, so how do you differentiate yourselves from them?

GS: We've got a nice mix of the tech aspect and the punk aspect. We don't set off to be like Dillinger or copy them or anything like that.
BS: They are an influence obviously but none of us really listen to a lot of metal, we use a lot of Latin
GS: And Samba. We just sort of write.. VS: Let the fingers do the talking!

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X: You had a few bits of covers throw in the set too, The Darkness?!
GS: How that came about, we used to do 'Sweet Child O Mine' (GnR) in that little bit "dur der dur dur Der du" but ended up putting all sort in cuz no matter what it always fits in there. So at the minute it's The Darkness.
X: So you're fans of TD?
GS: Not really.
VS: I love them! Justin's an amazing vocalist and they're really fun!
BS: I'm not a fan but I'd like to see them.
GS: Our original vocalist when to one of the dates on their arena tour and Justin went around the crowd on an inflatable Tiger or something, I would have loved to have seen that.
VS: I wanna put that in our set!

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X: You guys are very energetic - what's the craziest thing you've done?
VS: Ummmm… crowd surfed on a sofa, broken bones during the set; I've had two broken feet.
BS: I've taken a cut to the temple when I got a bass guitar to my head. It didn't stop bleeding but I just carried on all the way.
VS: I've taken a guitar to the back of my neck which led to a concussion during the set and I couldn't see boobs which really upset me.
GS: We actually have a video of him completely zonked out with his eyes going all over the place.
X: So you had girls at the gig? That's nice, makes a change.
GS: Yeah it sometimes happenes, thats what we like to call the "Clit in the Pit"! (laughs)
X: You should put that on a T-shirt!
VS: It always seems to make people smile :)

X: Describe your music in three words?
BS: Harsh
GS: Loud
VS: Energetic

X: Where are you based by the way, I've noticed a northern accent there...
VS: Hull. Actually in our last song of the set it's got some lyrics that we ask the crowd to repeat to us "I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for my sins". Which I seem to think I'm pronouncing quite well. But no matter what people come back with "I'm burning, I'm burning" and I say no, I said "I'LL burn"
X: Oh, even just now I've got that wrong, I thought how are people getting this wrong and I've done it myself! (laughs)
VS: Haha yeah it's my broooad accent!
GS: We actually posted on Facebook yesterday about southerners not understanding out accent so we're making a comprehensive guide. X: You can put that on the back of your T-shirt! My old band had a list of the venues we were banned from!
GS: That's a good idea, we're officially band from the entire city of York and a venue in Cambridge. And We get quite a few warning before we play at venues, Here at Tech Fest we got an official warning.
VS: Yeah I got out of the van and I heard my name being shouted very loud so I went over, and I got shouted at very loud! lol X: Wow so this is a regular thing then?
GS: Yeah cuz we're very energetic. It's not like we're trashing venues or anything but there's quite a few venues that, not that they don't understand it, but they're not into it as much.
VS: We always show respect and if we do break something we'll replace it.
X: That could be your disclaimer on the T-shirt; "Will pay for damages"! (laughs)
GS: You're full of idea's, wanna be our merch guy!?

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X: So what music have you put out as a release?
VS: We have one EP called 'Riff City' which we released last November.
BS: We had a live EP which was before that but that was just a sort of demo that didn't get put out on CD.
GS: We've been writing the past six months or so and we're going to do another EP probably in November, maybe December.
X: Ah a christmas bundle with the t-shirt!
VS: A bundle of joy!
GS: That will be our first release with Destroy Everything who we just signed to a couple of months ago. We're actually the only band on there without a release or even a video so it will be good to get something out.

X: What song would you choose to do a video for and if you had the choice what would it be about? VS: This comes up at least once a day and we have so many silly ideas. Even on the way last night a circus idea for Colonel Saunders flying mchine.
GS: Every time we pass something on tour be it a lake, circus, zoo, casino...
VS: Yeah lets do that! But it's just escalating and escalating. We almost got a burlesque dancer. And people would watch it as well not just for our music, cuz they like boobs.
X: And you can get away with it, it's not dirty it's classy!
VS: Stay classy San Diego!

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X: Right here is the pop quiz!
If you could be a woman for the day, who would you be? (no pause)
GS: SCARLET JOHANNSEN, without a doubt and I would insert every phalic shaped object I could find in the house.
VS: I'd be Kate Beckensdale. She has smashing boobs and she's a little bit chavvy-esque? I like that kinda feel to her.
X: You like chavs???
VS: Kinda
X: Or maybe you could knock it out of her, oh wait you would be her
VS: Yeah I'd just beat myself up
BS: I'd be Jessica Rabbit, I've just got a thing about her. She's not real but if she was - PHWOAH! Childhood fantasies, you'd watch it and think yeah! Ariel!
GS: Louis Griffin is a fox!
All: yeah
VS: We'd all agree on Louis Griffin.

X: Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
VS: I hate this question - probably my insulin! And I've got this thing at home, it's an ornament kind of giraffe. So I'd save Gerry the giraffe!
X: How tll is it?
VS: Probably about four foot. So he keeps me safe at night and tucks me in and stuff.
GS: Probably my laptop because everything is connected to that.
BS: I'd want to say my DVD collection but it's so big, so probably photo albums notes from people, personal stuff you can never replace.
GS: Actually yeah, I've got every ticket from every gig we've ever played so that would be good to get. But that's two things.
X: I can let you off with that as they're small and if they're close by.
GS: You can get your second giraffe!
VS: Actually I'd get my Arnie collection (does an Arnie "aiieeeeee")
(laughs)

X: If you were a superhero, what would you power be?
GS: To tell people to fuck off without consequence.
VS: No Consequence!
BS: I wanna stop time, then whoever fucks up on stage I can go and punch them, and go back and they be like "oh my face" (luaghs)
VS: I want the power to be able to shoot lasers. Have you seen the video for The Damned Things with the guitars with lightening coming out of them, that would be good. Essentially Thor without the gay hammer. Or Cyclopse!

X: Jager or J.D.?
BS: Jagermeister
GS: Jagermeister
VS: JD?
GS: I had a terrible experience with JD when I was 16 and haven't been ale to drink it since, I'm now 23!
BS: Gin is my favourite Jager substitute
TCL: Cygaberg! (?)
VS: We've got a thing for gin and we call it gincidence, or ginicide.
GS: Yeah when you get heroically drunk it's a gincidence, and if it's even worse it's ginocide. And if you get hurt it's a gincident.

X: What shampoo do you use?
GS: Aussie
X: YES!
VS: Great shout on the Aussie cuz it smells like bubblegum!

X: Who has the smelliest feet in the band?
TCL: Coogan! (Drummer)
BS: It's horrific.
VS: You're sat n the other side of the bus and can be heaving.
GS: He doesn't think it's that bad

X: Who snores the loudest?
GS: Usama!
VS: Basically sleeping next to him is like sleeping next to a helicopter taking off. It's horrible, it's so bad. Last night I got half an hours sleep.
GS: But we've resorted to punching him to stop. We discovered stroking his beard works and last night we found out that just prodding him works. But I'm just going to carry on punching him.
VS: Yeah the punch works more for us.
BS: And I just sleep through it all!
VS: Last night I was slept three tents over and he still kept me up. It's like some one put Henry the hoover on your ear!

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X: Favourite pizza?
BS: Meat Feast or chirizo, massive chirizo fan.
GS: Spicy chicken with big fat green chilli's.
VS: I'll go with meat feast with jalapeña's and chili sauce cuz I'm a spicy kind of guy.

And the ultimate question; What's your favourite cheesecake?
GS: You know that Peter Kay sketch "cheese and cake?" that put me right off!
VS: I did not know that about you, we're not friends any more!
BS: I'm a raspberry fan! Cheese is nice, halloumi. Halloumi and diet coke is the greatest combination in the world!
X: What, in the coke like a coke float?
BS: I don't know, that could work?
X: That could be the logo on your t-shirt
GS: This guy is full of ideas!
VS: We discovered that eating cheese before you sleep gives you the best dreams in the world!
X: What do you mean you discovered it? Everybody knows that!
VS: Oh, well I didn't know. I just though wow!
BS: We have a group message on iPhone and we'll get messages from him in the morning.
VS: I saved the world from a tsunami and then ate swans at a Little Chef.
GS: You can always tell when he's eaten cheese!

X: Awesome guys, thank you for your time!

The Live Review:

Fuck me, I did not expect to walk into this! This band were jumping everywhere with awesome rapid guitars and drums smashing out. I usually wait a couple of song until I start photographing a band but I had to jump straight in with these guys, I didn't want to miss a single thing! The vocalist was literally rolling around in the dirt with passion, the guitarists loving their music so much they were going mad! It was really fun to see guys loving their music so much and putting so much hard work into rockin it - if the drummer could run around playing drums I bet he would!

The guys were throwing their guitars in the air, hitting the cymbals with them, running around, laying on the floor and speakers, jumping in the crowd, the drummer banging guitar strings whilst playing drums - I'm getting out of breath just writing about it! These guys are the kind of band everyone wants to see live and quite frankly if you ever turn down the opportunity to see these guys then you're a cunt! Even if the music is not quite your thing, just go to enjoy the show, they're not to be missed! ★★★★★

The EP Review - Riff City

So as previously mentioned, this band is going to wreak of The Dillinger Escape Plan, so what we need to do is get our heads into the mind frame that this is a style of music, other bands can play too!

So yeah rapid crazy guitar riffs and melodies and jazzy breaks downs. It's pretty fun actually and more coherent than other attempts of crazy music. To me it comes across more thought out rather than concentrating on remembering the crazy timings of a section.

'Colonel Sanders Flying Machine' is a great track to kick start the EP off with, showing the versatility of the band. The changes of sections aren't too abrupt and instead mould into each other rather well. The guitarists make good use of scales, and in 'Sunshine Adverntureland' you really get a taste for how rapid these guys fingers can move! The bass line is pretty clear too and doesn't get lost in any of the noise, yet not over powering, but providing a solid groove along with the riffs.

The vocals are mainly shouting but with a strong meaning behind them, listen to the breakdown in 'Mariachi Firing Squad', just wow! Also listen to the drums in the crescendo, they're pretty tasty. The drums are pretty solid and speedy throughout, but not your typical basic hit things to the beat of the guitar, some kick ass rhythms are banged out. Again go back to track one and listen to them, sick! ★★★★☆

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Have a listen on the bands Soundcloud [https://soundcloud.com/the-colour-line] until their debut EP on Destry Everything appears!

25.7.13



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Plant joined Deborah Bonham to perform the Led Zeppelin classic 'When The Levee Breaks' and a cover of the Johnny Kid & The Pirates standard 'Shakin' All Over'...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'DOG OF TWO HEAD' ALE AND 'DOWN DOWN' CIDER
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo are delighted to announce another great double act...

sabaton SABATON TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THE LAST STAND' ON AUGUST 19th
"Did any other artist ever say 'Our new album is the best we ever made'? That's not for us to decide, that's up to our fans..."

doro DORO TO RELEASE NEW LIVE DVD/BLU-RAY 'STRONG AND PROUD - 30 YEARS OF ROCK AND METAL'
30 years of dedication, passion and love for the music and her fans all over the world...

destruction EUROPE UNDER ATTACK! DESTRUCTION, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, NERVOSA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Thrash metal icons Destruction are set to fire their new missile of heavy 'Under Attack' on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records...

grand magus GRAND MAGUS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'FORGED IN IRON - CROWNED IN STEEL'
"Metalheads! Grand Magus are back. We are proud to unleash this iron-clad anthem, we give you... VARANGIAN!"

tyler bryant TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN SPECIAL UK HEADLINE WARM-UP DATE FOR AC/DC EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED
Unleashing their high-proof blend of melody, muscle and psychedelic mystique to well in excess of 600,000 riff-hungry fans across 12 different countries...

klogr MUSE, TOOL, STONE SOUR, RUSH PRODUCER FOR KLOGR'S NEXT ALBUM PLUS NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Italian progressive metal band unveil the final music video from 'Make Your Stand'...

rage RAGE REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT' PLUS NEW ALBUM TRAILERS
Iconic German metal trio Rage are set to release their new studio album 'The Devil Strikes Again' on June 10th...

bon scott LIFE-SIZED STATUE OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT UNVEILED IN KIRRIEMUIR
The bronze statue is the result of a two-year crowdfunding campaign which was supported by AC/DC and the band's former bass player Mark Evans officially unveiled it...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT GOLDEN GODS, HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Ticket price is a very reasonable £6.66 with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: MOTÖRHEAD'S MIKKEY DEE ANNOUNCED AS SCORPIONS DRUMMER
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority..."

alex dickson gun BREAKING NEWS: ALEX DICKSON REJOINS GUN
As exclusively predicted by MetalTalk last week, guitarist Alex Dickson has re-joined Scottish rockers Gun...

cockney rejects WEST HAM UNITED TRIBUTE 'GOODBYE UPTON PARK' TO BE RELEASED BY COCKNEY REJECTS
"We were all born within a mile or so from the hallowed Boleyn ground and have all stood on the terraces through snow, rain and sunshine from a very early age."

ac/dc AC/DC RELEASE TICKET REFUND DETAILS FOR MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
If you don't want a refund, then we'll see you at The Olympic Stadium in London as we think we're about to witness a major piece of rock history...

deep purple IAN PAICE AND DON AIREY SCHEDULE SOLO EUROPEAN DATES AS 2016 DEEP PURPLE TOUR APPROACHES
Deep Purple are kicking off their 2016 tour next month in Japan, before heading to Israel, Russia and Europe in June and July.

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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