Hailing from Chicago IL, DIAMOND PLATE formed in 2004 while all three members were still in high
school. Despite their age, they hit the ground running as they displayed musicianship and a passion for
heavy music that went beyond their years. Declining record label offers in favor of working on their sound
and letting their songwriting evolve, drummer James Nicademus, (former) vocalist/bassist Jon Macak and
guitarist Konrad Kupiec, began making serious waves in the underground scene via word-of-mouth, selfreleased EPs and local slots supporting metal giants BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA, and EXODUS. Two months
after graduating high school, the band decided it was time to ink a deal, enter the legendary Earache
In 2010, DIAMOND PLATE went into the studio with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, CANNIBAL
CORPSE, NEVERMORE) to record their debut album Generation Why?. The album's extreme vocals,
groove-based riffs, and machine-tight production allowed the band to distance themselves from their
"thrash revival" peers, while earning them rave reviews and high profile tours. Appearing in America and
the UK with ANTHRAX, OVERKILL, and D.R.I. among others, as well as festival slots on the 70,000 Tons
of Metal and Hammerfest, DIAMOND PLATE's reputation as a high-energy live act began to grow.
After the touring cycle, guitarist Konrad Kupiec and drummer James Nicademus were joined by new
vocalist/bassist and Miami native Matt Ares. The band took off touring for the rest of 2012 and focused on
writing a new album it was during this time that DIAMOND PLATE's sound underwent a transmutation.
With an emphasis on creating songs from jamming, a 'play what thou wilt' attitude, and 19 year old Matt
Ares' charismatic voice, the band matured drastically while blending together a much wider range of
Neil Kernon was again asked to lead the production originally scheduled for two weeks in January 2013
even though the making of the record extended into months, characterized by the underlying tension of
outside pressure, deadlines, and personal struggles. Despite all of this, DIAMOND PLATE emerged with
Pulse, an album brimming with live energy and the vibe of a young band playing heavy music straight
from the heart.