Straightline are a band from Germany that plays melodic skate punk thrash and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Alteration Of the Rules".
A very melodic thrash metal sound starts off the album along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and blast beats and a few seconds later melodic pop punk vocals find their way into the music along with some back up shouts and aggressive screams and after a couple of minutes melodic guitar solos and leads find their way into the music.
A good portion of this music is heavily rooted in the 90's style of pop punk but with the heaviness of thrash and a few touches of more emo and screamo touches and after awhile acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts throughout the recording and one of the later tracks also show a slight death metal influence.
Straightline play a style of pop punk that was done quite a bit in the mid 90's but with more of a metal and thrash influence being added in and while the music is not completely original the songs are very well executed, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover real life and political themes.
In my opinion Straightline are a very decent sounding melodic skate punk, melodic thrash band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Blind Leading the Blind" and "Wake Up Call". 7/5 out of 10.