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  DIABLO BOULEVARD
'Follow The Deadlights'
(Nuclear Blast)
Out Now


Johnny Main

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Formed back in 2005,the forceful Diablo Boulevard hail from the city of Antwerp in Belgium. Named after a song by North Carolinan Metallers Corrosion Of Conformity, Diablo Boulevard quickly started to turn heads playing to receptive audiences all over Belgium and the Netherlands.

With influences raging from Danzig to The Cult, Guns N' Roses to Black Label Society and the addition of song writing in the classic rock n' roll style, it wasn't until 2009 that the band's hard work finally paid off as they released their impressive debut album, 'The Greater God'.

Fast-forward six years and the band have just released their third album, 'Follow The Deadlights' and it's clear that this band are slowly but surely raising their profile with some excellent songs and masterley musicianship.

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Every band needs an anthemic track, of that there is no doubt. You know the type - they get the audience singing along or waving their hands in the air. Well, 'We Are Legion' is Diablo Boulevard's anthem here. Drummer Kris Martens stoically punches out the simple but solid beat whilst bass player, Tim Bekaert, joins in with a thumping bass line before the main guitar chord eases into the song.

If you add in some whispered vocals from front man Alex Agnew then before you know it the chorus is upon you with its meaty backing vocals filling out the sound. Sure, it's a slower paced number compared to some of the other tracks here, but this song is sure to get a bit of audience participation during the bands live set. Oh, and it's a great song too!

'Rise Like Lions' is another slower paced number but it's tinged with the heavier elements of the bands sound. Agnew really gives an excellent performance here with his booming voice commanding the listeners full attention whilst Martens performs some precision drumming seemingly trying to upstage Agnew, though it's the latter who comes off best overall.

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Title track 'Follow The Deadlights' continues the slow pace, but what a great number it is – well deserving of being the title track. Here, Martens and Bekaert create a solid foundation for the rest of the song with Agnew, giving his performance everything he's got. Agnew comes across especially well during the choruses as he holds the longer notes without wavering showing his true skill as a vocalist.

'Fear Is The Enemy' has a classic intro of guitar and drums before the frantic pace settles down with Martens utilising the full potential of his drum kit. Agnew sounds deliciously evil as he sings "run for cover, we'll hunt you down" as he gives another great performance. The tracks mid-section is dripping with atmosphere with the guitar track obscured in the back of the mix as backing vocals give it an almost choral sound before the main guitar riff returns to the front before the excellent (if somewhat short) guitar solo takes centre stage.

There are a couple of good fast numbers included on the album too, including 'Get Up 9' which has Martens only just hanging onto the beat during the drum fills whilst the main guitar riff races onwards. It's another solid performance from Agnew who adds just a tinge of menace on his voice. What it's about though, well I'm not too sure but with lyrics like “Run away, turn away, But the mirror never lies, Run away, turn away, But you know what happened”, you can be sure that the anger and resentment that is the subject of the song translates well into another great performance from the whole band.

The album's final track, 'Inhuman', is the other side of the coin, though. With its slow build up to a simple single guitar sound before it's joined by the slow plodding drum beat and lyrical guitar you begin to wonder where the track's going. In fact, you're pretty much ninety seconds in before Agnews vocals begin, on what is a soft and sincere performance. Certainly a change from the band's more frantic and technical numbers, it shows how musicianship there is in the whole band, and it's a more than fitting way to end to a solid piece of work.

With no UK or European shows currently planned, except for an appearance at the Metaldays Festival in Slovenia next month, let's hope they venture out on tour later this year, because this is one show that I really don't want to miss.

You can see the official video for 'Son of Cain' here:



You can see Diablo Boulevard live here:
Sunday 19th July – Saturday 25th July – Metaldays Festival 2015, Tolmin

'Follow The Deadlights' Tracklist:
Beyond The Veil
Get Up 9
Follow The Deadlights
Son Of Cain
We Are Legion
Fear Is For The Enemy
Peace Won by War
End Of Tim
Rise Like Lions
Inhuman

Diablo Boulevard are:
Alex Agnew – Vocals
Dave Hubrechts – Guitars
Andries Beckers – Guitars
Tim Bekaert – Bass Guitar
Kris Martens – Drums


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22.6.2015












 


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