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DIAMOND SINS

DEATH PUNK BABY

RELEASED 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you don’t get quite what you expect, not that surprises are always bad. But if you were expecting Adelaide’s Diamond Sins to come on all Hardcore Superstar then the news is that they’ve moved on. On ‘Death Punk Baby’ there’s far less of the sleaze and far more of the punk and metal influences shining through.

 

 


I guess to be very obvious we are looking at a band that have reconverged on a template that is about 75% Misfits meets Turbonegro, so if that’s your bag then you are in luck as they make a pretty good first of it and there’s enough on this platter of real promise to suggest they can take it a lot further.

 

 


With ripping guitar, psychotic drums, marauding bass and a wail like a wild animal Diamond Sins certainly won’t go unnoticed and whilst the majority of the CD will tie you up, hold you down and slap you in the face we are even treated to a mellow moment on a hidden bonus track.

 

 


Opening salvo ‘Vultures’ is one of the best songs here and sets the template for much of the album, which aside from the aforementioned diabolic cacophony of noise (hey that’s a good thing not a bad thing!) has a host of fist-raised shout-‘em-out loud choruses.

 

 


We love the punky ‘Lady Morphine’ probably above all else, but ‘Still Beating’ is just as punk should be simple and fun. Elsewhere some of the more metallic numbers like ‘Labelled’ (yes it is spelt wrongly if you want to be picky) and ‘The Rumble’ offer just as much.

 

 


You could argue that Diamond Sins here is a band that still seems to be struggling for an identity, but equally you could say that it’s a band equally happy with a foot in both the punk and metal camps. Either way this is well worth a listen and promises a lot in the future.    

 

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins