It’s no secret that I’m a huge Diamond Plate fan. I fell in love with the band a few years ago when I discovered a video of the then trio performing their smash hit “At The Mountains Of Madness” on YouTube. Since then I’ve watched the Chicago natives take their sound to new heights and even ink a deal with Earache Records not long after the members graduated High School.
To say I was delighted with the bands 2011 debut album “Generation Why?” would be a gross understatement. Perhaps the only thing I loved more than Diamond Plate’s debut album would be the bands phenomenal live performance which can only be described as a high octane thrill ride that features some of the best chemistry between members this blogger has ever seen. Following a few successful tours along side Kitty, Warbringer and Overkill (not to mention an overseas festival appearance with Anthrax) Diamond Plate have been taking a well deserved break from the road and working on their next album.
Things seem to be on the up and up for Diamond Plate which makes the bands recent announcement regarding a line-up change all the more shocking.
From the band:
“Over the past few months we have been writing and demoing songs for the next album. During that time, we felt that the chemistry between Jon and the rest of the band wasn’t as strong as it needed to be. We decided to move on, and find someone that shared the same passion to create the music that we’ve always wanted to make. We wish Jon all the best, and we want to thank him for being a part of this band. We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Matt Ares into the band as vocalist and bassist. Matt has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first two weeks of jamming with him we were able to create an entirely new batch of songs and finish demoing the second album. Matt’s voice and playing add new dimensions to our sound, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the band now. Thanks for always supporting, and keep your ears open for a new Diamond Plate record in 2013.”
|Diamond Plate 2012.|
For me this is a total bummer. As I mentioned earlier, the members of Diamond Plate have great chemistry live and as the bands front man Jon obviously played a huge role in this. However judging by the bands statement things clearly weren’t working between members and if you know anything about Diamond Plate then you know this is a determined band hell bent on creating the best music they possibly can. Although this is an unfortunate turn of events Diamond Plate sound more determined then ever before which is something everyone should be looking forward too!