I will however give you a good rundown of this beast of a rock and roll record.
The Canadian hard hitting, sleazy, heavy rockin' dudes and dudette in Diemonds are releasing their second full length album on August 14th via eOne Entertainment Canada / Underground Operations. This follow-up to 2012's The Bad Pack is produced by multiple Canadian Juno award winning producer Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent, Big Wreck), and holds 10 immense tracks. Each and every track has its own recognizable hook/riff, so there's not one single song that applies to the condescending term 'filler'. Nay, this album is like the child of Appetite for Destruction - an album with one fantastic track after another.
I bet a lot of you will identify with the scenario of seeing your favorite band live, where they end up playing a lot of new songs that you either haven't even heard before (my case with Diemonds at the KISS Kruise), or that aren't by a long shot as good as their old songs (looking at you, KISS #sorrynotsorry). Well, I can tell you that despite not having heard the songs from NWD before, they instantly stuck to me like gum on the bathroom wall at CBGB's. I was already singing along to most of the songs at the second show they did. Some songs just has that thing - that thing that makes you wonder if you've heard a song before, but it actually just has that winning formula that tells you 'this is a hit'. Every song on NWD is like that. And every song on Appetite for Destruction is like that.
Next up on the agenda is Hell Is Full, which is one of my favorites on this album. The haunting backing vocals on the pre-chorus makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and pierce through your black band shirt. The chorus and riff is majorly headbang-inducing, so watch out! The solo will melt your face and neck off.
Over It (can be heard below), which is the first single off of NWD, continues in the same path as the first two tracks, but with an even greater chorus. Before you know it, you'll be belting it out alone in your living room, while respectfully jumping around on your couch pretending to shred the guitar like Dekay and C.C. does. Or like Tom Cruise, but then you've come to the wrong place. In that case - have you heard of this band called Diemonds?..
Ain't That Kinda Girl is obviously tailored for lead singer Priya Panda, showing her girl power in the form of being a bad ass rock and roll chick. Secret is the closest they come to a ballad on this album. More like a dark power-ballad with guts! Which is pretty close the the "normal" rock song, I guess.
Better Off Dead, Forever Untamed, Wild At Heart, Meet Your Maker and Save Your Life follow like a freight train of amazing riffs, choruses and breakdowns. Forever Untamed has a really cool, groovy riff that rockets into a fast paced verse with yet another chorus that sends shivers down your spine - the good way. Wild At Heart is a particular favorite - quite possibly the favorite track for me. It has a chorus that is built for the whole crowd to sing along to. So does Save Your Life which has the good old crowd participation chants. Here's to the misfits, we are the ones that keep it alive!
I just can't justify picking out one, two or even three tracks that are better than the others. Just treat yourself to this whole album. Let it spin a couple of times, and it will become an instant favorite.
USA: Napalm Records
International: Napalm Records