DI­A­MOND NOIR

Mon­sters In­de­pen­dent

Blunt - - In Review - KIERAN FREESE

Fe­male fronted alt- metal bands don’t ex­actly have it easy. The in­evitable Evanes­cence and Nightwish com­par­isons make it tough to strike out on your own and sep­a­rate your­self from the pack. Di­a­mond Noir’s de­but EP Mon­sters doesn’t ex­actly set them leagues above their black- clad, eye­liner- prone peers, but it’s cer­tainly a red- hot go by a new en­sem­ble try­ing to strike a bal­ance of in­dus­trial metal and goth- rock, with riffs that are mostly un­ob­tru­sive but still have their time to shine, as seen in the end­ing of “Taste Me”. En­list­ing pro­ducer Lo­gan Mader ( Fear Fac­tory, DevilDriver) has paid some cer­tain div­i­dends, but the al­most con­stant vo­cal dou­bling is un­nec­es­sary and at times rather grat­ing, mak­ing vo­cal­ist Bil­lieJade’s gutsy war­bles at times more grat­ing than they should be.

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