Def Leppard, Diamond Star Halos Review
Def Leppard is back with their first studio album in seven years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted icons and rock music legends Def Leppard have released their twelfth full-length album, Diamond Star Halos, via Universal Music Catalogue. The design follows pedigree with their instantly recognizable album covers from their celebrated past. The album art has images by world-renowned photographer and director Anton Corbijn, styling concepts by Maryam Malakpour, and graphics by the UK-based Munden Brothers; the design follows the band’s influence and adds a personal touch. The UK quintet—Joe Elliott [vocals], Rick Savage [bass], Rick Allen [drums], Phil Collen [guitar], and Vivian Campbell [guitar]— Def Leppard recorded Diamond Star Halos simultaneously in three different countries with Joe in Ireland, Sav in England, and Phil, Vivian, and Rick in the United States. They poured all their energy into crafting 15 meaningful tracks with a mixture of classic spirit meets modern fire produced by Ronan McHugh.
Diamond Star Halos begins its journey with “Take What You Want.” The two guitars will instantly grab your attention, with one chunking with distortion and one with a clean arpeggio pattern. The main riff is big as both guitars combine their distorted energy. Elliot’s vocals are strong and strike the perfect balance of clarity and grit. “Kick” is a powerful track with a big anthemic chorus. The sound and riff with bring back the eighties glam and power. Alison Krauss makes a guest appearance on “This Guitar,” and Def Leppard combines elements of pop-country to their sound. Krauss and Elliot have beautiful vocal chemistry. “Unbreakable” is a solid rock tune with a building song form. Guitar fans will want to check out “U Rok Mi” as Campbell and Collen trade guitar solos. Overall, Diamond Star Halos is a solid set of hard rock songs with some pop country sprinkled in for a fresh sound. The band is singing and playing great, fans of Def Leppard will enjoy this album, and new fans will undoubtedly be gained too. That’s the short of it!
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Diamond Star Halos
May 27, 2022
UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)