James Nicademus – Drums
Konrad Kupiec – Guitar
Matt Ares – Vocals, Bass Guitar
So, I have this album, I haven’t heard of the band, and reading there bio it seems they are getting some recognition they need for this band. With one album out and another one on the way let’s dive into some small history of Diamond Plate shall we?
Formed in Chicago in 2004 Diamond Plate seemed they wanted to melt faces and rock arenas from the word go in high school. Working on their sound over the time they had they were apparently declining record labels so that they can achieve success in getting the perfect sound. In 2010 they took the leap and jumped in the studio to record their debut album “Generation Why?” and then shortly going on tour with some huge names like Anthrax, Overkill and D.R.I. they managed to get their name out there with their high energy act and their new music on stage.
In late 2012 they decided to jump back into the studio and record their second full length album, “Pulse”. So how does it sound?
Well let’s start off with the first song “Walking backwards”. When you get the opening riff it sounds VERY much like the start of a Metallica song, and then it breaks into a hard sound that comes out of any metal album, but with a style that really mimics a lot of heavy hitters out there, it seems they have something going with them. You fully expect to have a James Hetfield sound for vocals hit you, however you get something completely different! You get the sound of vocals that I can only relate to as the lead singer of Suicidal Tendencies Mike Muir , the gravely vocals make this song come fully alive. Taking it to a new level, this song leads into a well thought out album.
Sparing no expense with showing the experience they have in the instruments they play, and the way they can bring songs together “Pulse” has some great sounds on it. The solos brought to life with such precision in a lot of the songs, even in “Face to Face” they start off the solo slowly and speed it up to get the tempo of the song back to the original form.
Different riffs to drum percussion tempos in some of the songs has the songs actually have the lyrics come to life as if they are telling an emotional story. “Still Dreaming” is one of the songs that really brings everything to life with the way they have put the song together.
This album is actually really well thought out and comes off really well as a great piece of work for their second full album. You even have slower songs where you do have clean lyrics hit and you wonder if it is the same person singing than you heard screaming with the growly, gravely vocals, there are some backup vocals but at the time of the review I have no idea who is singing them, however they complement all the songs they are involved in.
There is even an instrumental in there that resembles something you would have heard out of some old Metallica albums but takes on a life of its own. Coming in with 10 songs and 42 mins of music you have lots to enjoy and to listen to over again.
Time for the Best and least favorite tracks on the album:
For me the Best is “Still Dreaming” the opening to it is so mystic that it seems that you would hear this in a dream. The vocals have the right echo to it that it feels like it would be in a dream sequence, from there you hear some creepy sounds effects before the instruments kick in and take over, bringing the song to a great tempo. With the mixture of clean and growly lyrics that actually complement each other it makes for one of the best songs that make the album just that awesome!
Least Favorite would have to be “Dance with Reality” it seems a bit short overall and a bit rushed. Granted it isn’t horrible or bad, it is just my least favorite. It could have been made into something a bit more. You get to hear the lyrics “Dance with Reality” a lot, and for a song coming in at 2:48 it seems to be too much to hear.
Over all I have to give this album an 8/10. There are some spots that seem they are over done or the transitions are a bit rocky, but it is a great original sound with the classic metal sounds to it. Vocals there a bit of a shock but other than that it really takes on a great form. There is so much that you get out of this album that it is will be a great addition to anyone’s metal collection.
For now I’m PK saying ROCK ON and we will see you the next time!
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