DIAMOND REXX • Land Of The Damned LP

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Island Records 1986
After discovering and absolutely loving that TKO record, the bar for commercial Metal has been raised impossibly high. The result being that records like DIAMOND REXX's Land Of The Damned sound even more subpar and generic than they clearly are. On the surface both bands are very similar: commercial Hard Rock/Metal, kinda glammy yet streetwise and sleazy, and moderately heavy. Dig a little deeper, and these two bands are nothing alike. TKO wrote excellent songs, and performed 'em with aggression and panache, while DIAMOND REXX, wrote derivative and pedestrian songs with moronically dull lyrics. Vocalist Nasti Habits' delivery of said lyrics simply adds to the overwhelming boredom - he's a one trick pony, and the trick sucks. The only enjoyment afforded by Land Of The Damned is in the hilarious group photo and the band members' ridiculous monikers. If I were giving records numerical ratings, TKO would get a 10/10 and DIAMOND REXX a 2/10. Download if you're curious, but don't blame me for the ensuing boredom.
DOWNLOAD: DiamondRexx-LandOfTheDamned.rar (68.45 MB)

5 comments:

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Metal Mark said...

This was one of those bands I always kind of wanted to like, but just couldn't get into. They looked glam, but were heavier than that. I like a few bands like that including WASP, Lizzy Borden, Halloween and Witch. Diamond Rexx just didn't seem to have enough variation in their music.

Jordan said...

These guys are still around. The last two cds they put out have been some of the worst metal I've ever heard. True fans though should check out their "Rated Rexx" lp from around 1990 or so. Really, really good stuff that sounds a lot like Alice Cooper's "Raise Your Fist and Yell" LP.

Magpie said...

I bought this on import back in the day because Kerrang were hyping it to the skies--what a piles of crap it was, too.

Anonymous said...

you clearly do not know JACK!