Friday 16 September 2022

Liar Thief Bandit - Diamonds (Album Review)

Date Released: September 16th 2022. Record Label: The Sign Records. Formats: CD/DD

Diamonds: Tracklisting

1.Peace With Disaster

2.Better Days 

3.Harm Reduction

4.Ain´t Fit To Live Here 

5.Diamonds (Are Made Under Pressure) 

6.The Art of Losing Battles 

7.Send Me Home


Diamonds is the new mini-album from Swedish Power Trio Liar Thief Bandit. A band that describes themselves as Action Rock which encompasses areas of Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Stoner Rock but all done within the established Power Trio formation. There is also a slight Alternative modern feel on Diamonds that is a welcome addition to their overall sound. Add a Garage Rock element and Liar Thief Bandit are firing on all cylinders. 

Opening song Peace With Disaster is an aggressive and addictive song that evokes the spirit of Thin Lizzy with some top-notch classic twin guitar action. The psychedelic sounds are an added bonus with the band showing areas of classic heavy metal and rugged cllassic rock. The music is nicely balanced between different periods of Heavy Music with the spiky confident vocals being more suited to modern day Stoner Rock.

Second track Better Days carries on with the Thin Lizzy influence with bursts of 90’s Alt Rock energy for a song that tells a well crafted story. The vocals have a Punk Pop vibe but in a good way though it’s the music that saves the day. The lyrics are just OK for this track but they get the job done for one of the most “POP” based offerings on the album. Those damn melodic guitar solos are some of the best parts of this release.

Liar Thief Bandit continued this style of music for the remainder of the album across excellent tracks such as Harm Reduction, Am I Fit To Live Here, Diamonds (Are Made Under Pressure) and Send Me Home. Well just the whole damn album mentioned there. That’s a testament to this great band by creating memorable grooves that captures the spirit and essence of the last 45 years of the Hard Rock scene with a small underground vibe lurking in the background.

My only complaint about Diamonds is that it can be too repetitive in places but Liar Thief Bandit have more than enough charm to stand on their own creative merits. If you’re a fan of good old fashioned Hard Rock and Stoner Rock then these guys are seriously worth checking out.

Roll onto the next full length album from Liar Thief Bandit.

Excellent and Highly Recommended. 

Words by Steve Howe

Diamonds is available to buy now on CD/DD via The Sign Records.


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