Review by Matthew Glass
Emerging Northern Irish rock act Diamir unveil debut single 'Behind the Façade'. A glimpse into a mind that has gone over the edge and is not coming back. Diamir are a rock band with a progressive edge from Northern Ireland, UK. Formed in mid-late 2018, Diamir was the culmination of more than a decade's worth of sporadic behind-the-scenes writing/composing from guitarist and keyboardist John Wilson. They are known for delivering powerful, engaging and spine-tingling live performances, which helped propel them to win the Northern Ireland Hop House Battle of the Bands in the summer of 2019. The band have also completed recording of their second single and already have a wealth of material composed and arranged by John. They are hoping to get much of this out into the world during 2020.
Hard Rock – it’s a passion of mine and done well, to me, is like poetry. What we have here is just that, a perfect peach of a record. A debut record actually, a fact that makes the accomplishment of the track all the more remarkable.
The Band hail just a few clicks South of Belfast in Northern Ireland. A four piece comprising Peter Devenney (lead vocals and keyboards), John Wilson (guitar and keyboards), Ashley Irwin (bass) and David Wilson (drums). The main creative spark is John Wilson who has been penning material for over ten years.
The track is called “Behind the Façade” and is the result of a couple of years of the group playing together. A string of gigs that include a Hop House battle of the bands competition victory.
A fast-paced rocker with fat and dirty rhythm guitar work and a powerful, driving bass and drums section. The song opens strong and blasts through its first pass of the verse riff only for the instrumentation to be stripped back and the vocals adjusted to sound like they are coming through an old transistor radio.
This is a very nice dynamic device and allows for a second “drop” like the explosive start. A particular mention must also go to the organ solo. Underused in modern rock and a delight to hear on this record.
The lyrics are strong and powerful with the chorus refrain – “Cut you, kick you, kill you, tear you up inside” this is a piece about a terribly disturbed individual as is demonstrated by some raw and emotional words.
The track includes some excellent vocal harmony work which is very tight and really serves to thicken out the song. The production also has some radio talking and police sirens throughout. This also helps to add a depth to the song and is not over used which can be a bit of a killer for that kind of thing.
Overall this is a top-notch debut in anyone’s book and indeed a cracking track for a seasoned band. Bravo.