"Dirty Realism" couldn?t start off on a more surreal tip then it does with its first track. A brooding fog of organ sounds, junkyard percussion and something that once could have been a guitar. The range Diamondhead works in isn?t that rare in todays underground noiserock scene, they inhabit a similar terrain as Mouthus and Cousins Of Reggae but present their jamming not so much as an album but just a collection of ah-well-we?re-here-now jams.
In the midst of that chaotic nature "Dirty Realism" does have a couple of interesting moments to it but they?re far and between and goddamn are those barely over a minute tracks with fifty thousand ideas in them frustrating. The eerie sounding keyboard that lingers through the second track does add something to the main frame of lazy jamming, making it sound like an extremely raw, unedited Gang Gang Dance throwaway
That?s ultimately the problem with this album, it?s a complete mess and they really would have been better off listening to the final result once more without being stoned out of their heads. 3/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (8 April, 2008)