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DIAMOND ABLAZE
DIAMOND ABLAZE
Demonical
(Metal CD's X Change)
37:34min

A band name that somehow screams “Hair Metal” is usually not a good basis for a good review on these pages. But it won't be fair to judge these Puerto Ricans only by their name, right? Apart from the unfitting name, DIAMOND ABLAZE haven't done anything too wrong on their first offering “Demonical”. Well, the drum machine sometimes sound pretty artificial, of course, and I've heard better drum computers. If you put that aside, DIAMOND ABLAZE are a band that might not add new flavours or dimensions to the genre of Melodic Death Metal, but they deliver quality stuff that lives on the very aggressive vocal delivery. Of course they have listened to the old grandmasters of the scene, and those bands left their mark in the sound of DIAMOND ABLAZE. Just listen to the title track for a proof. But it's more a big nod to the Gothenburg style than a mere copy. And with the very fine and furious opener 'Ancient Beast' or 'Deadliest Survivor' with its fine guitar leads, the Puerto Rican three-piece have at least two goodies to offer. On the other hand, there's only one weaker song with 'Your God, Not Mine', where some of the breaks sound a little forced. And some passages in 'Frozen Ruins' and the title track are a little too much, so that these two appear pretty lengthy. But for a first offering “Demonical” is quite promising. With a real drummer and a little more experience in songwriting, the next full length from DIAMOND ABLAZE could really leave a mark. For now, you might find out more about them at: www.facebook.com/diamondablaze

Thomas Meyer

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