Self-proclaimed hard rockers Diamond Dawn broke into the scene with their album, “Overdrive” released February 26 on Frontiers Records. Blending pure hard rock and roll with keyboard heavy synth and vocal melodies that even the 1980’s would be jealous of, “Overdrive” is a solid debut release and a step in the right direction for this new Swedish group.
This album could win an award for single worthy tunes on a rock album, putting Kiss and even Queen to shame when it comes to stadium anthems. The stronger tracks, that simply scream single worthy are “Into Overdrive” which kicks off the album and “Take Me Higher” that the band later released a video for.
“Take Me Higher” starts off sounding so optimistic, upbeat, and bright and continues to maintain that vibe throughout the song. With uncomplicated rhythms and moving keyboards, this song has a way of sticking to you, long after it’s over.
The band released the track “Standing as One” as a preview to the album and fans ate it up. Somewhat different to the majority of the other songs on the album, “Standing as One” is a bit slower and toned down, especially in the keyboard spectrum. This song is a more typical rock-drum beat and guitar chord tune, and while it is a great song, it’s not as in-your-face as some of the other tracks.
Keeping with the tradition, “Don’t Walk Away” is the album’s ballad. Perfectly showcasing Alexander Strandell on vocals with his sharp and soaring clean singing. The song also features some beautiful guitar and bass work.
True stadium rock sets out to do three things; entertain, excite, and stick with people long after the game lets out. Hits like “We Will Rock You” are household names that people recognize nearly instantly because of memorable notes and rhythm patterns. “Turn It Up” is a perfect example of this, as it features each instrument equally, but has extremely unforgettable and catchy moments. The chorus is simple and sticks with you relentlessly, and with a cowbell feature it’s the icing on the cake. By the second time around in the verses, you’ll really fight off the urge to sing along, or at the very least, you will feel an impulse to dance.
Diamond Dawn is definitely out to entertain and have fun with their music, as most tracks on the album are easily relatable to a mass array of people from all over the music world, not just rock or metal. The overall tone in the music is extremely open and positive, and is quite infectious because of that. In a world full of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Diamond Dawn has set out to put a happy spin on the genre, while still maintaining that true hard rock feeling.
Diamond Dawn is:
Alexander Strandell – Vocals
Jhonny Göransson – Guitars
Olle Lindahl – Guitars
Mikael Planefeldt – Bass
Niklas Arkbro – Keyboard
Efraim Larsson – Drums