The glam mistress was poking around www.rockdetector.com last night and came across quite a few "forgotten" bands.
One of the most unique sounding is Diamond Rexx.
Formed in Chicago in 1985, Diamond Rexx are a band infused with Motley Crue good looks and thrash metal sensibilities. Make no mistake dear readers, the boys in Diamond Rexx like their music hard and fast.
Diamond Rexx scored a major label recording contract with Island and released Land of the Damned in 1987.
Singer Johnny Cattone, guitarist S. Scott Priest, bass player Dave Andre and stick man Nasti Habits jammed on this debut disc.
Or did they?
Surprising everyone in the music business, Diamond Rexx reformed and released the aptly titled Rexx Erected in 2001. Evil soon followed at the dawn of 2002. The newer discs are much harder than their debut.
Why are so many glam bands obessed with consonants? Diamond Rexx features a double X, and the name "Nikki Sixx" is a veritable cornucopia of alliterative consonants.
The glam tribute band "Metal Skool" mock double consonant use with the bassist choosing the stage name of Lexxi Foxxx (he says the spare "X" is for extra sex). Ironically enough, the band's name ignores the double consonant rule and instead opts for double vowels. Scandal!
Other glam bands to observe the double consonant rule are Alcatrazz, Ratt, and Roxx Gang.
I have to point out that Diamond Rexx drummer Nasti Habits shares the same name as the former back-up singers for Motley Crue. I highly doubt this is coincidental, even though the Crue's Nasty Habits spelled their names phonetically correct.
Believe it or not, Diamond Rexx enlisted the help of black metal drummer Bill Schmidt for their turn of the millennium comeback. I don't understand how a man with such a vanilla name was involved with the likes of Mayhem, Master, or Warcry...but it's true.
Diamond Rexx is again on hiatus, but you can hear some of their later work on iTunes.