Diamond Construct
Angel Killer Zero


3.7
great

Review

by Tyler White STAFF
April 24th, 2024 | 32 replies


Release Date: 04/26/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore with a side of hip-hop

Diamond Construct has a unique sound to them. While their self-titled LP had a pretty typical, yet catchy, djent/metalcore sound to it, they began to explore an intriguing blend of metalcore and trap style on their DCX2 EP. With Angel Killer Zero, the band takes a headfirst dive into the electronic influences, relying on trap-like beats and hip-hop inspired grooves mixed with heavy riffs and breakdowns.

From the opener “Hashira,” the electronic influences are worn on their sleeves as it opens with a heavy riff intertwined with glitches and scratches. “Neon” and “Hell Inside You” follow suit with an intense combination of hip-hop style grooves and djenty licks that give a unique mix of a darker trip-hop and metalcore. These tracks have a surprising chemistry between them as these seemingly clashing styles work perfectly together to create a catchy and fresh sound. “Delirium” and “Jynx” feature some of the most technical riffs of the record with use of harmonics, pitch-shifting effects, and low-tuned grooves that accentuate the electronic atmosphere of the record. Alongside these riffs, tracks like “I Don’t” have guitars so low-tuned that they are almost indistinguishable – and it somehow works. With the hip-hop style production focused on electronic elements, the gravel-y guitar tone complements the sound well with its groove-centric approach. However, there are some moments of melody that shine through the heaviness of Angel Killer Zero. “Faded” has a massive chorus with a clean vocal passage that floats atop that is accented by the semi-strained vocals in the verses that add to the melodic sound. In a similar fashion, “Clickbait” features rapped vocal passages that have catchy melodies that explode into a groovy chorus with clean singing.

Despite the record’s shorter runtime, Angel Killer Zero still runs into a bit of a monotony issue. Though all of the songs are catchy in their own right, the style becomes same-y after a while, making the album fairly front-loaded. However, Diamond Construct’s newest album shows them taking a step further into the electronic-infused metalcore style in a unique way compared to others in the scene. Although it has its moments of tediousness, Angel Killer Zero is full of catchy grooves and hard-hitting riffs that are sure to stick.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tyman128
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2024


4546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Short rev for a fun album, out Friday

Hawks
April 24th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Sounds like a terrible combo tbh but I'm intrigued.

SteakByrnes
April 24th 2024


30036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hype to check this out, righteous review

artificialbox
April 25th 2024


1932 Comments


interesting... I'm inclined to believe when tyman says something is good so I will czech

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2024


4546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thank you thank you

Definitely give it a spin Friday, there are some fun tracks here

fatality342
April 25th 2024


280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some fun junz here

Calc
April 26th 2024


17369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sounds like a terrible combo tbh x2

artificialbox
April 26th 2024


1932 Comments


that was my first thought too Calc. I’m only a few songs in but it’s actually pretty dope so far

SteakByrnes
April 26th 2024


30036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check their s/t LP too art, it rocks

SomeCallMeTim
April 26th 2024


4266 Comments


thought this was another TS review jfc

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2024


4546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Surprise, it is

SteakByrnes
April 26th 2024


30036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is hard as bricks

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2024


4546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Delirium and I Don’t go so hard

VolKaroth
April 26th 2024


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a fun album, fun enough that I can get past the lyrics lol

DatsNotDaMetulz
April 26th 2024


4320 Comments


Anyone who sings about being cancelled in 2024 is an instant no for me.

The production itself was already a turn off. Good musical ideas ruined by juvenile lyrics and clipping so bad that it sounds like a phone recording of a concert from 2011

Tundra
April 26th 2024


9808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

band owns ahrd

Get Low
April 27th 2024


14347 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The review convinced me to give it a shot but I didn't care for it. Their previous album never gripped me either.

Butkuiss
April 27th 2024


7245 Comments


Only good thing about Taree is the rest stop tbh, otherwise it’s straight on through to Wauchope.

Hawks
April 27th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is actually really fucking good lol.

Ebola
April 27th 2024


4541 Comments


As formulaic and cringe-inducing as it gets



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