Absolutely classy Thrash Metal, fans of Testament, Overkill, eventually Metal Church will be positively surprised by this new Bay Area quartet released by Earache Records. And well, their album title is quite a good question nowadays: generation why? Don’t bother answer it, it’s quite obvious: for sport shoes, iPads and big screen TV sets. Nothing else matters anymore. But once again, not quite to everybody.
Konrad Kupiec – lead and rhythm Gguitars, Jon Macak – vocals and bass guitar, Jim Nicademus – drums and Mario Cianci – rhythm guitars gave us a hell of a trip back to the end of the 80s, beginning of the 90s through their debut album, and this full retro taste-like Thrash album somehow feels absolutely fair and alright.
Powerful, grinding riffs, sing-along/horde-like choruses, pounding drums and from mid tempos up to wild rides, Diamond Plate sounds mature, strong and absolutely classy. 11 tracks which will take you down one by one.
Formed in 2007 in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Diamond Plate as a three-piece band made their debut in early 2008 with their ferocious and critically acclaimed, â€œMountains of Madnessâ€ E.P. and at the time, the average age of this three-piece was a mere 15 years old. Stormspell Records released the â€œMountains of Madnessâ€ E.P., as part of â€œThrash Clash Vol. 2â€.
Directly supporting some of metalâ€™s finest legends including Behemoth, Gojira, Exodus, D.R.I., Overkill, Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, and Destruction among others, Diamond Plate pretty soon became a household name in the metal scene of Chicago.
UK-based Terrorizer Magazine named the young American band, â€œthe 5th Best Unsigned Band of 2008,â€ and a 2008 Metal-To-Infinity review claimed, â€œworld domination is the next step for this band.â€
In 2009, they recorded their follow-up E.P. entitled â€œRelativityâ€ and the band gained representation from manager, Frank Mastalerz of MWI International.
Digby Pearson, owner of Earache Records had his eye on the band for a few years and in the summer of 2010, the band received a personal email from Digby himself offering to sign them to Earache and a few months later the contract was secured.
Earache recommended Diamond Plate use producer Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Nevermore, Deicide, Judas Priest, etc.) for their first album.
Founder and guitarist, Konrad Kupiec , says this of their first album: â€œWe wanted the album to be a strong musical statement, and likewise we wanted to the album title to be relevant to the world today. It was also important to us for the title to be a connection to everyone our age. “Generation Why?” is a song against the mediocrity that seems to encompass most people our age. No one seems to strive for greatness anymore. All people tend to do is make excuses as to why they cannot go beyond an average life. Everything about this album is meant to be a statement against that.â€
The street-date for â€œGeneration Whyâ€ is August 9th, 2011.
Diamond Plate – Official Site
Diamond Plate @ MySpace