|Review: Diesel Queen - Diesel Queen|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 19, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)
Hailing from Ireland, Diesel Queen are a bit difficult to categorize. Musically this reminds me a little bit of 70s Black Sabbath: Doomy slow and heavy music that makes the floor shake. Mix that with a pinch of 70s Hard Rock, and a some more modern influences here and there, mostly in some of the melodic parts. The vocals are where things get nasty. While fine on "Kraken", where the vocalist used a tortured, raucous voice that is amazingly well-fitted to the underlying slow, heavy and grinding music, thing get a little out of hand on the third track where a more "modern" (in the bad sense of the word) style is used and literally sends this to hell (again, in the bad sense of the word.) Very annoying near-spoken style that sounds like some annoying punk freak or whatever - I can't put my finger on it. Musically the song is fine, but the vocal style really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Fortunately things get better on the last track, where slow, clean vocals are used, completely different from the previous tracks. If anything, this shows the vocalist's versatility (just drop the "Manson Family Values" style and you've got a winner.) This last track is pretty quiet, with a lot of interludes that exclude guitars and drums (which do pop in with a little dose of slow, pounding heaviness pretty regularly) and includes a few sound effects that would usually turn me off, but here "it just fits." Overall a good EP, the kind of music that comes in handy when you're in a mellow mood.
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