|Review: Diamond Chazer - Chasing Diamonds|
Label: Fighter Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 27, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
Colombia's Diamond Chazer are aiming at the sound that emanated from Europe in the early '80s, combining the DIY, garage band vibe of the NWOBHM and the more technical continental style which tended to be more polished and rooted in classical music. There's a lot of Maiden-esque twin guitar work on this compilation of their singles and EPs that should please anyone into the early heavy metal sound. It isn't full of squeals and pinches, just riffs and dueling leadwork that makes you want to break out the air guitar. Unfortunately, it is all for naught because the singer is flat or otherwise off-key a lot. He's got a decent voice for this style, but he simply cannot find the right note half the time. They've got some good songs like "The Whip" which has a speedy tempo and short, sweet chorus you can easily shout along to (it's also one of the few songs the singer is in tune much of the time, which is a bonus). They also have a song called "Stranger Things" that incorporates the theme music from the hit TV series as an opening that leads into an original composition. It isn't a bad song, except for the singing.
Chasing Diamonds is the kind of release I tend to go for, with its similarities to personal favorites like Tokyo Blade, Witch Cross, etc. but get the singer some lessons for the next album.
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