Having formed in 2005, Belgium five-piece Diablo Blvd is celebrating their 10th anniversary in style with the release of third album, ‘Follow The Deadlights’. By coming together from the remnants of other bands such as A Brand, Born From Pain and Meuris, momentum soon started to develop for the then newly formed Diablo Blvd in their native country and neighbouring Netherlands largely due to the band’s brand of metal encompassing cool riffs, addictive choruses and a charismatic stage presence, as well as incorporating influences ranging from The Cult, Danzig and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Add to the mixture a frontman who, by trade, has built his reputation as a stand-up comedian and won multiple awards for his live performances, then Diablo Blvd has to be one of the most fascinating bands to have formed in recent times. By setting such details aside, the music stemming forth from this latest output speaks volumes, with the wonderfully melodic and steady climb of ‘Rise Like Lions’ engraining itself instantly on the memory and followed by the detailed layers of even greater ‘Son of Cain’. The sullen air surrounding ‘We Are Legion’ is initially played out via pounding drums, deep bass and a guttural vocal before launching into an abrupt and shouty chorus that finally fades on a more passive note apart from a final sting in its tail from its lead guitar. This is the compelling aspect of ‘Follow The Deadlights’ because the majority of songs contained within its walls are made up of a number of ideas that often deviate down various avenues yet return to base with a memorable hook or two. The chances are that ‘Follow The Deadlights’ will see a successful year for Diablo Blvd because there is enough variety in its contents to appeal to a broader population of music lovers. The tenth year anniversary celebrations are only just beginning for Diablo Blvd.