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Diamond Plate – Generation Why? [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 20th August 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Band: Diamond Plate
Album: Generation Why?
Release year: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal

Diamond Plate, hailing from the US, made their debut on the scene at in ‘04 with perfect timing as thrash metal was once again becoming popular. They established themselves as a top band in the newly emerging American Thrash Metal scene despite being a young band. Their first EP [Mountains Of Madness] was released when they were only 15 and now Diamond Plate are making a bigger name for themselves with the release of their debut album “Generation Why”.

The album begins with a mixture of radio skits and various other sound effects and voiceovers in the form of “Entertainment Today”. The radio skits and voiceovers are replaced towards the end by a face melting guitar riff mixed with powerful drums. The riff and drums carry on into the title track “Generation Why”. The vocals are somewhere between death metal sounding and metalcore sounding, to as whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen for the time being. The riffs and drum are passionately played with that good ol’ fashioned thrash-styled angst. “Pull The Trigger” brings about more thrash oriented aggression. The vocals are raw and the guitars are violent sounding, working well with the precise-to-beat drums. The guitar solo is very melodic with some brilliant composition whilst the drums in parts don’t seem to work with the solo.

“Tomb With A View” blasts next with more emphasis on a brutal, chugging riff mixed with the strong and rough vocals. There is some use of slightly melodic riffs as well adding a bit of flavour to the song as it seems to de dominated by the chugging riffs and death metal & metalcore sounding vocals. The drums would have to be the most impressive thing about this song though. “Fool’s Paradise” pulls no punches with thrash-orientated violent riffs though does to seem to lack a certain level of aggression and passion compared to the previous songs. The vocals are okay but don’t really mix well with the semi-heaviness of the song. The guitar solo seems half-composed and choppy in sections. The drum-dominated introduction of “Relativity” comes next. The riffs come crashing down on the listener’s ears like a tidal wave, full of passion and hostility. The foray of drums add emphasis to the driving force of the song as well. The guitars play some partially melodic sections, though most of the riffs are very thrash metal sounding.

”Waste Of Life” is a very brutalising track. The riffs are well composed, oozing with passion, energy and violence whilst have some melodic points to them as well. The vocals are sounding stronger, a great rebound from one of the previously mentioned tracks. The drums are precise and the riffs are mind blowing, just like the solo. “Causality Of War” begins with a heavy version of an old-skool sounding into which leads into a face-melting guitars-and-drums section. The vocals sound very primal that just adds extra bite to the both the song and the album. The drums are savage, barbaric and intelligently played. “More Than Words” takes a more chilled approach to the music, which in all honesty, was bound to happen somewhere on the album. The track does go partially heavy with what sounds to be some effects on the guitars every now and then. There are no vocals as the track is more like one long guitar solo – One amazing solo to be exact.

“At The Mountains Of Madness” brings the barrage of thrash back onto the album. The vocals are bloodthirsty and savage, blending well with the hurricane-like riffs and pounding drums. The use of gang vocals are great, adding a new sound to the song. The bass-only section about halfway through  is genius but very surprising though the guitar solo that shortly follows is the track’s highlight. The album finishes with the lengthy song “Empire Tomorrow” which begins in typical thrash metal style. The vocals are beastly and rage-fuelled, much like the guitar riffs. The music changes several times though still keeping the thrash elements assaulting the listeners’ ears. One thing that really does stand out about this song is some of the fancy bass work in sections. “Empire Tomorrow” is best song on the album, hands down.

”Generation Why?” is a clear sign of things to come from the American Metal Scene for a while and by the sounds of it… It’s going to be some majorly great stuff. Diamond Plate really do raise the bar for other bands to try reach and no doubt Diamond Plate will carry on raising that bar in years to come. If anything, “Generation Why?” is the first step in a long and successful run for this young band, who have the potential to become the Iron Maiden of thrash metal.


Nico Davidson