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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!

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Put three rock titans together - Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich - and you have the new exciting supergroup of melodic rock...

ufo UFO ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND 2015 TOUR DATES
"A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas..."

battle beast BATTLE BEAST RELEASE NEW TRACK 'TOUCH IN THE NIGHT' - LISTEN HERE
"'Touch In The Night' is probably the farthest away from typical Battle Beast sound we've ever gone..."

sebastien SEBASTIEN RELEASE NEW LIVE VIDEO FROM MASTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL
The track is a version of Black Sabbath's 'Headless Cross', recorded earlier this year...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH DEBUT FIRST SONG FROM 'APEX PREDATOR - EASY MEAT' ALBUM
A first online teaser from the new album is now available. Napalm Death are currently on tour in Europe...

audrey horne AUDREY HORNE ARE NOW ON TOUR
'Pure Heavy' comes to Europe with an extensive run of dates..."

peckham cowboys THE PECKHAM COWBOYS UNWRAP VIDEO FOR 'BROMLEY GIRLS'
The song is a tale of "a young aristocratic lady of high breeding, led astray by a terrible man. Only the names have been changed, because we forgot them..."

abgott ABGOTT PLAY ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014 IN DECEMBER
The Black Metal heroes will play the Boston Music Rooms on December 5th...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Fear Factory will be concentrating on finishing their new studio album and will return in the Summer of 2015...

download KISS AND MUSE ANNOUNCED AS DOWNLOAD 2015 HEADLINERS
British rock trio Muse will headline the Saturday night of next year's event, which runs between June 12th and 14th...

magnum MAGNUM RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'ON CHRISTMAS DAY' ON DECEMBER 1ST
The poignant song is based on a true life incident in the WW1 trenches...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA DANCE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IN HILARIOUS NEW VIDEO FOR GENESIS COVER 'I CAN'T DANCE'
"The experience ranged from no one even paid too much attention to us to people looking a little scared..."

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE GERMAN DATES FOR 2016 WORLD TOUR
The German dates are just the first of many live appearances, with plenty more to be announced. "And for 2016, we will have more surprises and an even bigger production..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ANNOUNCE ALBUM TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR 2015
"Kippo kicked our asses to make us do the very best, and you can hear that in this album. It's a killer album with killer sound. I'm very proud to a part of this masterpiece..."

hellfest BREAKING NEWS: HELLFEST ANNOUNCE MOTORHEAD, SCORPIONS, ALESTORM, SLASH, ZZ TOP, VENOM AND MANY, MANY MORE FOR 2015
Hellfest have announced a stellar line-up for the 2015 edition of the festival which will take place at on June 19th to 21st 2015...

download BREAKING NEWS: JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR DOWNLOAD 2015
Slipknot will play the main stage at Donington on Friday June 12th, following Judas Priest...

chris appleton CHRIS APPLETON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC ALBUM & TOUR
In the downtime between Absolva projects, Chris Appleton applies his skills to solo album 'Restless'...

out and loud NAPALM RECORDS ANNOUNCE LABEL NIGHT AT OUT & LOUD FESTIVAL 2015
The German festival gets off to a quality start with the warm up night on July 3rd featuring a fine cross-section of the label repertoire...

jeff loomis ARCH ENEMY WELCOME JEFF LOOMIS AS NEW GUITARIST
The ex-Nevermore guitarist will debut for Arch Enemy on the European tour starting November 26th as Nick Cordle's replacement...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
The two day showcase promises to give Glasgow a Rock and Metal party to remember...

periphery PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE DUAL ALBUMS FOR 2015
There will also be plenty of touring in next year, including a stint on the road with Devin Townsend Project...

anathema ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE 'RESONANCE' SHOW AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN APRIL 2015
This special show will be a celebration of the entire history of Anathema music...

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"For the full frontal assault we have planned for the awesome new album, Nuclear Blast are the perfect war stallion to carry us screaming into the heart of the next chapter of COF's dark, enigmatic history..."

yardbirds THE YARDBIRDS RETURN TO LONDON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOME VELVET MORNING
The Yardbirds will play Bush Hall on November 21st, fifty years after the release of the seminal 'Five Live Yardbirds'...

marilyn manson NEW MARILYN MANSON ALBUM 'THE PALE EMPEROR' COMING JANUARY 19th
The album is available for pre-orders now...

udo UDO, ONE OF GERMAN CLASSIC ROCK'S GREATEST, ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
'Decadent' is mastered and due for release in January 2015...

fozzy FOZZY LAUNCH VIDEO CLIP FOR 'DO YOU WANNA START A WAR'
"Fog, slow motion camera shots, and chicks in military uniforms. Touchdown!..."

phil rudd 'PROCURE TO KILL' CHARGE AGAINST AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD DROPPED BUT OTHER CHARGES REMAIN
Rudd is on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on November 27th and still faces one charge of threatening to kill...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN TO RELEASE 'BEYOND THE RED MIRROR' IN FEBRUARY 2015
"A story between science fiction and fantasy. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost..."

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