From Reckless Ronny
Toronto ONT born Diemonds have been gigging around the GTA metal scene since 2006. They independently released their debut EP “In The Rough” in 2008 and toured North America supporting such bands as Rough Trade ,LA Guns and Teenage Head. After signing with Underground Operations, the band released “The Bad Pack” in 2012 with extensive touring and many festival appearances; Seattle Hemp Fest, Rocklahoma, SXSW ,Heavy MTL ie: sharing the stages with the likes of KISS, Megadeth, The Darkness, Slash. By 2015 Diemonds released “Never Wanna Die” with eOne Music/Underground Operations produced by Eric Ratz , garnering them a Juno nomination .Well known among local underground circles and consistently honing their craft, Diemonds have set out on a short 30 day tour –taking a long (5000+ kilometers) trek across Canada. Zig-zagging from Ontario to Victoria BC showcasing their live energy and appeasing hard rock talent. I had the pleasure to attend their debut show November 30 at Rum Runners -Music Hall in London Ontario.
Commanding the stage with charisma , confidence and down-to- earth integrity Diemonds delivered a solid set for the crowd. Selecting a set list that highlighted their heavier tracks from “Never Wanna Die” while slipping in the odd wicked track or two from “The Bad Pack”- (Get the fuck out, Left for dead, Mystery ) Forever untamed Piyra’s vocals are stellar with a beautiful metal punk range that explodes on - Ain’t That Kinda of Girl -the song is one of those numbers you’ll be humming and headbanging to the next day. The guitar chemistry between founding member C.C Diemond and Daniel Dekay weld a teutonic twin metal attack intertwining blues and heavy metal speed with attitude. Having respects for past members that are no longer with us, whether here or gone, Aidren Tranquada delivers a diverse backbone on the drums connecting precisely with Tyrone Bucciones’ rhythmic bass pocket. Aside from a blazen set list from “Never Wanna Die” ~ Diemonds unleashes a track they are working on for their next CD tentatively called “Our Song”. Invigorating and heavy \m/ full of new dynamics and intense metal synergy! Every song feels fresh and raw, from the rager “Wild At Heart” to the brooding seductiveness of “Secret” Diemonds has a diverse brutal beauty to their music, which is best experienced live.