ROX DIAMOND – Rox Diamond [Remastered +1]
As requested, here’s ROX DIAMOND debut album “Rox Diamond” remastered some time ago including a bonus track. This remaster went out of print, but then reissued.
If there was an award for “Bad Timing” then surely Rox Diamond would be in with a good shout to claim such an accolade.
Releasing their debut album way back in 1992 to rave reviews which ultimately should have propelled the group to the next level, sadly all was not to be as in the blink of an eye the Seattle scene was in the throws of hitting top gear with the likes of Rox Diamond directly in the firing line.
“Rox Diamond” is pure AOR-ish melodic hard rock with a late ’80s style. You can definitely hear the influence of bands like Journey or Streets, with catchy keyboard riffs, lots of vocal harmonies and some solid guitar work.
And what a collection it is – this is the way AOR / melodic rock should be played!
The band rocks from the start with the killer ‘Heart Of Mine’, full of soaring vocals and flashy guitar work in the George Lynch vein.
‘You’ll Get What’s Coming’ provides even more pumping racing melodic hard, then ‘One Way Street’ is a classy midtempo AOR, and Rox Diamond can deliver a superb ballad in ‘Never Too Late’.
‘Get The Lead Out (Of My Heart)’ rocks again with a traditional US sound, including a clean n’ spiraling guitar solo.
The bonus track “Rock Bottom” was written when the band, in its origins, operated under the name Casanova, and it’s a worthy addition to this remastered reissue.
For years hard to find, “Rox Diamond” achieved a cult classic status, not only for becoming hard to find, but for the quality of the material on offer here.
If you are reading this blog, you need “Rox Diamond” in your collection. It has the ‘rox‘ in its name, it has to be good, right? 😉
01 – Heart of Mine
02 – Nothing I Won’t Do
03 – Familiar Stranger
04 – Never Too Late
05 – Forever Yours
06 – Get the Lead Out
07 – You’re Not the Only One
08 – Lovin’ You
09 – One Way Street
10 – Face to Face
11 – You’ll Get Whats Coming
12 – Rock Bottom [Bonus Track]
Paul Daniels – vocals, keyboards
Kevin Bach – guitars
Ricky Falco – bass
Dwain Miller (ex Keel) – drums