You know how sometimes you just hear a singer’s voice and it’s just “wow”! As soon as Brandon Baumann, from the Californian band Diamond Lane, utters his first note in “Bite The Bullet” this is love at first sound for me. His voice isn’t really anything unique, it’s just damn good. It’s Jani Lane meets Mad Margritt‘s Eddie Smith meets Sebastian Bach.
Apart from the killer voice the music on the four song EP Save This City is great as well. “I Got Nothing” is very addictive and I could listen to it over and over again. It’s got (you guessed it) impressive sounding vocals – this guy has great range – and the guitar work sounds crunchy, if that’s possible.
The tempo slows down for “Lonely Road”, and I got worried because generally I just don’t like this kind of thing. But it turns out that it’s not actually a boring ballad after all. It’s got a bit of a rocky edge because of the power-house vocals, hard hitting drums and wailing guitars. Things crank up a notch or two again for “One More Minute” and this packs some punch with melody and some nice guitar soloing.
Diamond Lane have the perfect recipe for good classic rock and it’s right up my alley. Not too heavy, not too light – it is just right.
01. Bite The Bullet
02. I Got Nothing
03. Lonely Road
04. One More Minute
Brandon Baumann – vocals and bass
Jarret Reis – guitar
Tommy Bombs – drums
Johnny Lima – background vocals
Produced by Johnny Lima.
Diamond Lane – Save This City (2008) EP
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