Saturday, May 26, 2018

REVIEW : Rox Diamond – Let The Music Do The Talkin' (Lions Pride Music, 2018)

ROX DIAMOND is a band that was originally formed back in 1985 with the name Casanova!!!! They recorded a couple of songs and started to play in live gigs, including the famous Sunset Strip, as Casanova. When the band signed a record deal, they had to change their name, due to the German band (Casanova), into Rox Diamond

The debut album was released in Europe and Japan in 1991 and in early 1992 traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to tour and support the debut release. Due to some issues and the change of the music business the band, like as many other bands of that era, broke up an their members took separate ways.

In 2005, Paul Daniels (Vocals / Keyboards) re-released the debut in Europe and Japan but, also, recorded a new album. The second release called "Powerdrive" was released in 2005. The project from the beginning was a 'labor of love' and a chance to reunite old friends and band-mates to record together again.

In 2007, Paul was contacted by Kieran Dargan about performing at Firefest 2008, an annual three-day music festival held in Nottingham, England. All four original guys once again were reunited to rehearse and travel abroad in order to participate in this incredibly enjoyable experience. The performance was recorded live for another DVD release called 'Rox Diamond / In the Rough / Live at Firefest' which was released in 2010.

Nowadays, the band is back with its brand new opus which is entitled "Let The Music Do The Talkin'" through Lions Pride Music

The music is pure melodic rock heaven with emphasis on melodies, the clever n' memorable choruses and an overall 'blast from the past' sound. "Savannah Blue", "Let The Music Talking" and "Angeline" are all three superb samples of melodic rock stuff from another era. All the above mentioned tunes include each and every little thing that every single melodic rock fan loves to hear from this music. The mid-tempo "Yesterday Is Gone" is yet another highlight out of the new record. Very AOR-ish that features a total mid 80's sound in it that grabs you at once and leaves you hungry for more. Excellent stuff! The up-tempo "The Way I Feel" and "Lonely Without You" are two more killer songs that made me turn up the volume!!  

A really blast from the past album that put a wide smile upon my face! "Let The Music Do The Talikn'" is a record that sounds like it jumped out from the mid 80's melodic rock scene, travelled through time and landed in 2018!!! It's simple, if you love the mid 80's, early 90's, melodic rock/AOR scene, then Rox Diamond's newest opus will make your day. 

Rating : 8/10

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