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DIEMONDS - NEVER WANNA DIE - ALBUM REVIEW

Napalm Records | Release Date: September 4 2015

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We first caught Canada’s Diemonds live a few years back at their appearance at the Annual Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor Oklahoma. It was a great set, fun, heavy and full of energy. Sonically the band inhabit that area of modern Metal that relies heavily on Melody and crushing riffs, very aligned to Hard Rock compositionally but with that extra grunt.


Led by the audaciously named Priya Panda, if you like female vocals with your Metal then she has a voice that more than does the job, a curious mix of attitude, aggression and Joan Jett!


Sonically of course you’ve heard it all before, but that’s never a bad thing if it’s done well, and despite a few modern rock tendencies – like on new single ‘Over It’ which almost sounds like a cut from Halestorm’s latest it’s largely a bastardisation of Metal meets Motley circa 1983.
Best tracks here include the title track, ‘Hell is Full’; the chanted ‘Ain’t That Kinda Girl’ and the penultimate track ‘Meet Your Maker’.


At times with Diemonds you wonder if they are slightly tongue-in-cheek but there’s nothing as overt as the masters of parody Steel Panther despite the sometimes cheesy lyrics. What they do best is dial up the party, with hook-heavy, riffy tunes that get the head nodding then banging, its only when they try to expand on that template like on the expensive ‘Secret’ that attentions wavers a little and you realise that Diemonds are a meat and potatoes kinda band at heart great to fill up on but not a band to really savor.


At the end of the day this is a fast food treat, maybe not as good or as Sleazy as first outing ‘The Bad Pack; but not a million miles away either…


by Leslii Phillips

 

 


 

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