Convent Guilt – Diamond Cut Diamond

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Convent Guilt – Diamond Cut Diamond
Reviewed: January 2018

Released: November 9th, 2018 / Gates Of Hell Records
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

I am not sure how it works for other metal fans, but from time to time I seem to go through phases of “genres” where I get hooked on a certain style of metal and then I have to search out said genre and the bands that are classified in them. Mainly these are newer bands, but sometimes older ones too.

The past year or two I have been fixated on the “classic metal” sound of ‘70’s metal bands as well as the ‘80’s NWOBHM. And when I use the term NWOBHM, I use it in the class of the traditional sense of the term. Convent Guilt falls right into this category. The proggy-psych style that morphed into what we now call NWOBHM. Again, these classifications can always be thought of as opinions.

DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND is the second full-length release from these Australian hard rockers coming four years after their debut. Convent Guilt’s sound on this release closely follows up to their debut. With a bit of hope after listening to these guys for the past few weeks, I hope they stick to their guns and continue on the same path for future releases.

The opening track to me, “Howling Vengeance” is a slightly bland to almost boring in nature. There are some good riffs within the track, but it’s just one of those songs that are not bad, but misplaced on the album. As you get past this opener, it’s game on after that. You really get the sense that you have been propelled back in time. And really, this is a good thing.

Convent Guilt has great potential as you can hear the great musicianship throughout the album. You can also hear the genuine honesty within the style of music they are producing here. Don’t ask me how, I can just sense it.
Convent Guilt is for fans of early traditional / classic metal in the vein of early Maiden, Angel Witch, Saxon, Trespass, Bullet, Ect. The way pull off that 1980 NWOBHM sound is as if they themselves were there. Or are we there?

1. Howling Vengeance
2. Born to Trouble
3. Powder Dry
4. Scream Out Your Heart
5. Bonnie and Clyde
6. Thief in the Night
7. Foxes Run

Brent – Drums
Andrew – Guitars
Dario – Guitars
Ian – Vocals, Bass