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Black Diamonds - 2017 Once Upon A Time

ARTIST: Black Diamonds
ALBUM: Once Upon A Time
YEAR: 2017
SPONSOR: Germusica


LINEUP: Michael Kehl - lead vocals, guitar * Andreas Rohner - lead guitar, backing vocals * Andi Fä1ssler - bass, backing vocals * Manuel Peng - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tales Untold * 02 The Ghost And The Shadow * 03 Love Stick Love * 04 Romeo & Juliet * 05 Pieces Of A Broken Dream * 06 Love Lies Loneliness * 07 Thrillride * 08 Vampires Of The Night * 09 Not Going Home * 10 Hard To Let Go 11 Years * 12 This Is A Love Story


WEBLINKS: Black Diamonds FB Page

A new addition to the AOR Heaven roster is Swiss band Black Diamonds. They might be new to the roster but they have been in operation since 2004, refining their craft for the best part of a decade. Like most acts covered here at GDM, this lot are heavily influenced by the hard rock sounds of the 80's, and have (prior to this new 2017 album) released two previous long-players: 2008's 'First Strike' and 2013's 'Perfect Sin'. They sound very professional, and for 'Once Upon A Time', the band recorded it in their own studio, with Bohus Studio in Sweden handling the final mix. Soundwise, these guys are more Enuff Znuff than Gotthard, especially when they decide to lay the party-styled anthems on thick, which is more often than not.

The Songs
'Once Upon A Time' is definitely a case of listening to the entire album if you want to understand what Black Diamonds are all about. From the all-out assault of 'The Ghost And The Shadow' and the blistering 'Love Stick Love' to the party anthem trio of 'Not Going Home', 'Hard To Let Go' and 'Years', Black Diamonds can deliver a classy set of songs pretty much with ease. I guess having ten years plus experience always helps. 'Thrillride' keeps the pace above the average speed limit, while 'Vampires Of The Night' takes a poke at the legacy of pop rock legends Enuff Znuff, but the sound effects toward the end are a little unusual, but cool nonetheless.

In Summary
The entire band provide vocals, which rounds out the sound immeasurably. With twelve songs, the variety is very good, and we're not left drifting in mid-stream as with some other albums. A very contender, and well worth getting your mits on this one when it's released. Thanks to Birgitt from Germusica for the promo.

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