The Midlands have given us some of history’s greatest rock bands, such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Wizzard. Don’t let the often moronic accent fool you, when it comes to rock and metal, the Brummies have their head screwed on the right way. One of the rising stars of the Midlands is Diamond Lil who are local superstars, and quite rightly so. They have embodied the roots of classic rock and produced a damn fine EP in the process.
Think Alter Bridge crossed with Shinedown and a hint of Buckcherry, you’ll then have yourself something similar to Diamond Lil. They are the epitome of what classic rock should be; ballsy and very talented. Vocalist Ellis Wilde has an outstanding singing voice, one that’s just perfect for their sound.
Each one of the 6 tracks is so well written too, with the guitars and rhythm section blending together seamlessly, making this EP sound in-fucking-credible. Of course, what would a classic rock record be without a tender love ballad? ‘Beautiful Nowhere’ clocks in at 6:20 and ticks all the right boxes for what a soft, smooth rock song should be without being too cliché about it.
Diamond Lil have managed to create something great here. Despite being a classic rock band, they don’t sound like every other classic rock band out there. There’s something about them that just makes them stand head and shoulders above the competition. Perhaps it’s Wilde‘s excellent voice, Harry Colley‘s superb guitar work or maybe their excellent songwriting skills. Whatever it is, these guys are going to go far and, not only that, but they’re a shining example of how a band can help a genre expand its sound and progress forward.
Written by Andy Roberts
Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS!