DIRETONE — Diretone (review)

DIRETONE — Diretone album cover Album · 2011 · Groove Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Coffin Joe
Diretone plays one hell of a groove metal!

Now, Diretone is both a great groove metal record & at the same time a little to closely tied to their inspirations. In a genre that has grown stale with Pantera wannabes, we are in dire need of something fresh. Diretone plays a really solid heavy grove metal with nods towards thrash metal icons like Metallica & Megadeth. The sound is very rich, and the production is top notch. Like Adrenalin Mob, Diretone are here to groove the hell out of you without overcomplicating things - and that is a mission accomplished! The musicianship at display is solid and very tight, and you know right from the very first track, that these guys know how to play! The choice to play straight forward groove-metal pays off, as it's hard not to get infected with the groove bug. This is an album, that really deserves to be played loud at parties - expect people running wild though!

My biggest beef with an otherwise impressive debut is the vocals. It's not that lead singer/bass-player Lars Hørning can't sing, but he borrows to much from James Hetfields way of singing - sometimes it's actually hard to hear it's not Hetfield on vocals. In my book it's definitely a draw back, as most of the groove-scene is crying for original acts to appear, and Diretone could really have delivered on that point. There's a fine line between homage and copying, and I think Diretone is in danger of crossing that line with the vocals.

All in all Diretone have created a really great album, and if you can get passed the "Hetfield" singing, you are in for a joyride in the groove-metal roller coaster. With Diretone and acts like Adrenaline Mob my faith is slowly becoming restored in groove-metal. I can only hope Diretone can continue to grow, and develop their own sound. Right now we have a promising debut, the next thing we need from them, is a album that really shows us, they can stand on their own two legs - yeah it's a lot to ask, but I'm sure they can pull it off, and we desperatly need original bands on the groove metal scene.
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