DIAMOND LANE - TERRORIZER (Independent)
The band Diamond Lane guides us into a clarification concerning their musical approach and style. They consider themselves as a band that will appeal to fans of Avenged Sevenfold, a little Alice In Chains and a pinch of Metallica. Their modern Heavy Metal is reinforced by explosive live performances and the 9 tracks on this album showcases their true firepower and raw energy.
The band started around 2001 with a debut album in 2005 (‘Cut To The Chase’) as an independent release. When their second output ‘World Without Heroes’ was released in 2011, they also changed the logo of the band, and this year, they change it once more with the release of their third album ‘Terrorizer’. Again, we talk about an independent release, just like the two EP’s that were recorded and released in between the first and second album (‘Save This City’) and second and third album (‘Sapphire’). Being pretty busy in writing songs and record and spread their music, it’s a little strange that they are still unsigned.
This band brings typical U.S. Hardrock with a lot of melody and intriguing vocals, but somehow they don’t manage to get signed to a major label. Did the U.S. Hardrock scene change that much in so little time, as this band is delivering the traditional Rock with a little punch, which is so typical for the area where they resides. The West Coast of the U.S., and especially California is the ultimate base to spread this kind of music as it has enough balls to entertain the Rock radio stations, it has the vibe and charisma to entertain the audiences and the musical skills are above the average. Perhaps, Diamond Lane was already contacted by labels in the past, but if the deal wasn’t that supportive, the band decided to do it all on their own. And if things happened like I just thought off, I must congratulate this band for being stubborn and believe 200% in their own abilities and chances. They entered a nice recording studio (Red Dog Studio in Montrose, CA.) and with the helping hand of producer Tom Chandler, their created an album that is worth to explore.
The songs have variety, power and melody and the vocals of Brandon Baumann really fit with the arrangements. ‘Cheating Death’, ‘Life To Lose’ and closer ‘Drift’ are my personal favorite tracks, but at the same time I have a crush on ‘Favorite Kind Of Victim’ and ‘Kiss The Ring’ as well. This band deserves their spot and are capable to grow into something much bigger!
Diamond Lane: Play it loud, play it proud! http://diamondlanerocks.com/
My rating: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard50- : Rubbish