Review: Diamond Jam – The Luckiest Man Alive [EP]

By ajcolores

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With a name like Diamond Jam, I expected big things from this band. I had preconceived ideas about big, dirty, heavy riffs, out of control bass rhythms and drumming so hard it smashed the skins.

From the opener ‘The Luckiest Man Alive,’ I’m not denied this vision. It opens with enormous, heavy riffs before the drums kick on and provide some foundation to the band’s heavy beat. Once the vocals kick in you know that this is real rock music. The vocals are truly rock and roll to the core and with a touch of sophistication and grunge thrown in for good measure.

‘The Luckiest Man Alive’ isn't so much sung as it spoken, or something in between the two. But it works, it fits with the riff and to sing in a more melodic way would almost take away from the instrumental that surrounds it. What’s more exciting is that by singing in this gruff, raw manner, Diamond Jam re-create that small, cramped, smoky bar room that you would likely hear this kind of music. With a small guitar solo thrown in the middle for good measure, the title track and EP opener certainly delivers a bucket-load of potential for Diamond Jam.

LISTEN | Diamond Jam - 'The Luckiest Man Alive'


‘Favorite Nightmare’
is a more toned down song than its predecessor and almost starts like something off an Automatic record. The gentle riffs have a rising tone and create a catchy hook before those not quite sung, not quite spoken vocals kick in again. Like The Automatic, that catchy hook keeps returning after every chorus and really reels you in to Diamond Jam.The vocals again have an air of authority about them and lead the instrumental on either a powerful chorus, or a fast paced, enticing verse.

Unfortunately the EP ends all too early with ‘Badass Motherfucker,’ which is, erm, just as it states – a badass motherfucker. Back to the heavy chimes of the opener, the final track on this EP delivers another true rock anthem but those hooky guitars are also simmering away in the background. It’s almost like a merger of the rest of the EP. As much as you cannot wait to hear the vocalist boom out ‘badass motherfucker’ in the chorus, he teases again and again but you never really get that huge anthemic shout from him. That’s no bad thing though because it keeps you listening and builds suspense to the finishing guitar onslaught.

If you’re into your rock music, you like your riffs down, dirty and heavy and want a vocalist who can keep you guessing, then Diamond Jam are for you. If I was to give this one criticism it would be that three songs an EP does not make. I’d like to hear more from Diamond Jam because this is real riff-laden, guitar chugging rock music.

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