Stick To Your Guns
Diamond


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rory Amoy USER (5 Reviews)
June 28th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Diamond" is the gem of Stick To Your Guns' career.

I have never personally been highly interested in Hardcore music. I found bands like Parkway Drive and Hatebreed boring, due to the bland, screaming vocals for the duration of every song. Stick To Your Guns was a band I found myself listening to in late 2011, when their latest album was "The Hope Division". It wasn't a bad album with some brilliant tracks but also with large inconsistency between songs. "Diamond" has fixed this issue, and there are many reasons why it tops it predecessor.

Stick To Your Guns is undoubtedly a Hardcore band. There are breakdowns in just about every one of their songs, catchy guitar hooks and the occasional melody. "Diamond" is a big step in a different direction for the band. Their Hardcore aspects are back, but for the first time in the band's history, it feels like they have finally decided on what type of music they want to make, and consequently, they have produced an excellent album.

To break the album down, there are twelve tracks with surprisingly no "fillers". Every track flows exceptionally well into the next, keeping you interested for the entire duration. The album starts with the typical historic quotes that Stick To Your Guns is well known for, and fans wouldn't be surprised to find that their latest effort is choc-full of them. They can be tedious after a few listens, but serve as a good way to set the mood. Jesse's vocals are very unique in the sense that they are heavy, yet still easy to understand. He is a very powerful vocalist who brings his creativity and beliefs across to such a degree that fans will be easily captivated.

Variety is a strong point for "Diamond". There are the typical Hardcore breakdowns in "Such Pain" and "Life In A Box", but I was surprised to find that this album has much more of a lighter side to it. Clean vocals are present in many songs such as album highlights "Beyond The Sun", "Built Upon The Sand" and "Ring Loud (Last Hope)". But this effort is not so predetermined to feature just screamed and clean vocals, there are also catchy punk vocals blended with breakdowns which help to give every song meaning. It is almost impossible to pick just one top track off the album because almost every song has been executed with such professionalism.

The album has been very well produced and mixed too. The instruments are well balanced, although I would like to have heard more complexity to the guitars. That being said, the producer of this album should be proud of their effort.

"Diamond" is a major success for Stick To Your Guns. This album features everything that metal fans love and will surely be a hard-to-beat highlight of the band's career.

Tracks To Listen To:

"Beyond The Sun"
"Built Upon The Sand"
"We Still Believe"
"D (I AM) OND"


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MMX
June 28th 2012


4831 Comments


I don't really agree with your rating and I don't find your review to be all that great

camaraderie
June 28th 2012


988 Comments


Damn.

Owantjaaaa
June 28th 2012


3335 Comments


Diamond is a hardcore kid's best friend would make more sense.
But you'd still be wrong

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Owantjaaaa
June 28th 2012


3335 Comments


lol so true

RAWZ95
June 28th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I take it you haven't heard the phrase "Diamonds are a girl's best friend"? It's up to you whether you want to accept creativity or not.

(Cue comment comparing Stick To Your Guns with girls)

Owantjaaaa
June 28th 2012


3335 Comments


I know that phrase, but why metal-head?
You know hardcore is punk right?

RAWZ95
June 28th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why was it out of context?

NWOAHM666
June 28th 2012


849 Comments


Since when is Parkway Drive hardcore?

RAWZ95
June 28th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^This guy. Fuck...

FrankRedHot
June 28th 2012


6448 Comments


For once I agree with NWOAHM(somebody kill me).

You obviously don't know what hardcore is, Raw.

Hep Kat
June 28th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album sucks

ITsHxCTOASTER
June 28th 2012


2489 Comments


"Stick To Your Guns is undoubtedly a Hardcore band. There are breakdowns in just about every one of their songs, catchy guitar hooks and the occasional melody."

Shit, I guess I didn't know what hardcore is

Spluger
June 29th 2012


1179 Comments


D(I AM) OND

Holy shit that's an awful title.

MrSelfHater
October 11th 2012


9 Comments


No wonder you "have never personally been highly interested in Hardcore music"
You don't even know, what hardcore music is

Cygnatti
October 11th 2012


21353 Comments


parkway drive hardcore? lol

NeoSpaz
February 25th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

in australia they are

Spec
March 23rd 2013


27191 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Loved The Hope Division. Was disappointed by this.

XxUpinsiderxX
June 2nd 2014


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

People are such sticklers for no reason, it's all music, like it or not. Diamond was great but I'm interested to see what their new album is going to be like.

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Jacob818Hollows
June 10th 2014


130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was pretty good, a fun listen, but I can't help but think that these guys are kind of the not-quite-as-good No Bragging Rights. I feel like those guys' vocals are better, and they have a better combination of hardcore punk and metalcore.



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