Some of you may be aware that I am absolutely obsessed with the 90s/2000s band the Donnas - so anytime I get music at all reminiscent of those gals I get excited. Such is the case with Diemonds latest release, the fun and hard rockin' Never Wanna Die that features all sorts of flashy guitar work, power choruses and vicious female vocals that will get any old fashioned rock and rollers heart beating faster. This is the kind of heavy music that makes the genre so valuable and it's hard to deny the joy it brings the listener.
There is a poignant power to these tracks and their youthful exuberance. These are songs that speak to the beating and virile young heart of rock and roll and all that represents. Hard rock was never meant to be taken to seriously and the heart pounding assault of Never Wanna Die proves that the band always understood that - In fact, that's kind of the point of Diemonds, to unleash delicious tunes that are easily digestible and leave you pumping your fist in the sky. And in this day and age of hyper serious rock bands that only talk about feelings there's something strangely reassuring about having fun anthems to rock along too.
Diemonds are great songwriters and have a wonderful sense of their own humanity - that's what makes Never Wanna Die so god damn enjoyable. They know they're probably not going to make it - but fuck it, they're gunna hold on to what they've got and drive forward no matter what - because at the end of the day it's the courage and tenacity behind the music that is what has made rock last so god damn long. Diemonds are more than just a footnote in rock history, they are a band sent perhaps by the devil himself to get us dancing to that rock n roll music until we die.
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