ALBUM REVIEW: Diamante – American Dream

We have all missed shows and big tours this past year, but as we turn a promising corner, it’s only appropriate to have some fresh stadium-style Rock to accompany our reemergence.

The shiny new album American Dream, due out May 7, 202, from the Boston-raised, Los Angeles-based Mexican-Italian-American rocker Diamante, fits snugly between Top 40s and 80s hard rock revival; it’s no surprise she’s conquered the Sunset Strip, toured extensively with bands like Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, and Shinedown, and gained the attention of Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Halestorm, Kelly Clarkson) who produced her full-length debut, Coming In Hot (Better Noise). With the release of her first album, Diamante stormed the scene in 2018 with a #1 song at rock radio (her collaboration of “Hear Me Now” with Bad Wolves), along with a top 15 song with her own single “Haunted.”

Now, with a strong spark behind her, Diamante welcomes her pristine, adrenalized, 11-track sophomore record as an independent artist with the support of Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson of Judge & Jury.

Conceptually, American Dream touches on personal struggles and authentic experiences that have universal appeal and relatability, which pair nicely with the mainstream, radio-friendly nature of the album.

Diamante states, “With American Dream, I was given the ultimate artistic freedom to express my most personal moments, stories, confessions, flaws, fears, hopes, mistakes, desires, vices, heartaches, and redemption in a way I have never been able to in the past.” She continues, “Every word on this album is my personal diary screaming in your face. This album has no limitations, restrictions, or filter, really. That’s why the music video for ‘Ghost Myself’ had to be equally raw and purposely gritty; it’s a song about being at war with myself. I knew there would be no better way to show this internal battle than through an underground fight club scene between me, myself, and I.”

The title track opens the album at full throttle (literally, with revving engines). The LP maintains its high-octane intensity throughout, and even the balladic songs are packed with an energetic punch that propels the release forward. Highlight tracks include fiery “Ghost Myself,” sultry “Obvious,” piercing “Unfuck You,” and vulnerable “Serves Your Right.”

Check out American Dream out now, and stay tuned for more news from the Alt-rock powerhouse Diamante. Buy the album here:

7 / 10