Releasing her appropriately titled debut full-length album “Coming in Hot” in 2018, Diamante proved that she can pave her way to stardom. Even though she wasn’t even 22 years old at the time, she showed the world that she’s capable of making her unique style of rock music – a blend of classic hard rock and heavy metal with a modern twist. It’s not exactly easy to put Diamante within the bounds of one exact genre. Taking a listen to a song like “Haunted,” which accumulated well-over 4 million views as of this writing, we could narrow her down to the so-called “alternative” rock and metal movement.
Be that as it may, we all stand on the shoulders of giants who came before us. With this in mind, we will be exploring rock giants and the songs that inspired Diamante to become a rock artist. After all, to keep the genre relevant and fresh in this day and age, it’s of crucial importance to respect the legacy of the old artists who are responsible for its development. So let us dig in.
Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker
Way back when she was just a kid, Diamante was exposed to quality stuff by her mom, something that ultimately shaped her music tastes. One of the frequent artists on the playlist was Pat Benatar, especially her song “Heartbreaker.” Released back in 1979, these were the times when music saw some serious changes. A piece like this one paved the way for the classic 1980s rock and metal music.
Kelly Clarkson – Never Again
Although Kelly Clarkson is not exactly a rock singer, she did have one “darker” rock phase on her album “My December.” Growing up, Diamante was captivated by Clarkson and her voice. Song “Never Again” from the said record stands out, bringing some softer pop elements into classic rock music. It was pretty impressive to hear what Clarkson is capable of, something that clearly inspired Diamante in the earliest stages of her career.
Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
Well, who doesn’t love Avril Lavigne? Her lighthearted style that fused pop, rock, and punk – both musically and visually – was of great importance to Diamante. A classic fun song that marked the 2000s, it served as an important inspiration for her career.
Some would argue that Avril is not a “true” rock musician (whatever that could mean). However, her work was a gateway drug into rock music for many young music listeners in the early 2000s.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Hate Myself for Loving You
As Diamante herself explained, the title track of the “Coming in Hot” record was inspired by Joan Jett. Her first contact with the rock goddess was at the age of 14 when she got into the School of Rock summer camp. There she got introduced to some of the real stuff, including the almighty Joan Jett.
Of course, just about any music fan is familiar with “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” But the song that really stood out was 1988’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” And Diamante herself has explained many times how 1980s rock music was essential for her development as a musician.
Heart – Crazy on You
On her debut album, Diamante showed her respect to the legendary Ann Wilson-fronted band Heart. As she explained in one of her interviews, “Crazy on You” was quite a challenge for her to cover. It’s no wonder really, as Wilson is known as one of the most influential singers in rock music, and is a great inspiration to countless female vocalists around the world.
But “Crazy on You” was more than just an inspiration. This song was a great choice to cover in the studio as it served as a great practice for her vocal skills. Just imagine how difficult it must have been for Diamante to hit all those high notes and keep all that power in her voice.
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
As it was already mentioned above, Diamante got her first real contact with rock music when she went to the Rock School summer camp at the age of 14. Among the countless songs she got the chance to hear and practice there was Led Zeppelin’s classic “Immigrant Song.”
Coming from the band’s third record, there are a few important elements that set some standards in rock music and all of its subdivisions. Aside from the songwriting, structure, and Jimmy Page’s riffage, Robert Plant’s vocals marked a revolution in the rock world of rock music. Even to this day, there is barely anyone in the genre who can hit those high notes with such clarity. This fact alone was enough of an inspiration for Diamante and a great boost for her future work.
Black Sabbath – Iron Man
Being a rock fan, there is just no way to avoid Black Sabbath, the band considered to be the originator of heavy metal music. The very famous riff, just like most of the band’s riffs throughout the decades, was conceived by Mr. Tony Iommi. Hearing such a piece for the first time is a jaw-dropping experience for any kid entering the world of rock music.
But being a singer, Diamante was also inspired by Ozzy Osbourne’s wailing and unique-sounding vocals. Back in the earliest days of Sabbath, he was the voice who set the bar up high for all the coming generations of hard rock and heavy metal singers. Even today’s vocalists still owe a huge debt to Ozzy.
Dorothy – Raise Hell
Although belonging to the younger generation of musicians, Dorothy Martin served as a huge inspiration for Diamante. In fact, on many occasions, Diamante expressed her admiration with Dorothy and the wish to record a duet with her.
Martin is one hell of a singer, doing some of the best vocal works in the world of modern hard rock music. Deeply rooted in blues, a piece like “Raise Hell” is a true modern masterpiece of the genre. The straightforward approach to songwriting, yet compelling and expressive vocal work served as a huge importance to Diamante.
The song is not that old – it was released back in 2015. However, the natural approach, the groove, the addition of slide guitar and the overall fuzzy vintage-ish overtones can grab anyone who’s into bluesy hard rock.