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The average fan of balls out Melodic Rock should really enjoy its dirty rambunctious Rock 'n' Roll swagger.

My heart sank when I saw I'd been assigned to review the debut album 'Let's Get Loud' from Ireland's Dirty Diamonds; I really felt like I'd pulled the short straw and I was dreading giving it a listen. The band's debut EP was universally panned across the board in the music press; we're not talking just negative reviews, we're talking really harsh criticisms of every aspect of the band and its music. There have been some dramatic changes in the bands personnel since then, which includes band leader Jonathan Ryan changing his role in the band from drummer to lead vocalist. Ryan has stated following comments made about them by respected music journalists, that he took a long hard look at the band and its music and took onboard and assessed the criticisms and aimed to bounce back with a far better showcase of his songs.

Well it seems that DD have taken a big leap forward as '...Loud' is nothing like I was expecting. It's not perfect, but for what it is it is a very enjoyable and a pretty good overall collection of songs. It has a very old-school British Heavy Metal feel, you know fist pumping, gang style choruses with a strong sense of melody. You do hear their love of Classic Metal in there but I do think they have a smoother polish and slightly more melodic sheen than the bands that inspired them. A couple of tracks make me think of early Judas Priest and in others the raw Rock 'n' Roll of early The Almighty.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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I am highly curious as to why Ryan was never always the vocalist because judged on his performances on this album, his bombastic booming vocal style is a perfect fit for this style of gutsy Rock 'n' Roll attitude. The impassioned Melodic Rocker 'Want You To Want Me' is probably one of my favourites and probably the smoothest track here, but it's the ballsy shout it loud Rock 'n' Roll of 'Goin' Down', 'Last Chance For Love', 'Crash And Burn' and 'Hell Or Highwater' that will really excite listeners.

Ryan is obviously very passionate about his songs and it's pleasing to hear him and his bands mates get it right this time around. Sometimes passion is not enough to craft quality music, but sometimes hard work and dedication does pay off! 'Let's Get Loud' isn't going to win any awards but the average fan of balls out Melodic Rock should really enjoy its dirty rambunctious Rock 'n' Roll swagger. You're going to need your denim and leather ready for when you play this, a shed load of denim actually and probably a mullet.

Paul Woodward

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