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Hard Rock Ballad Selections 25/10/20: IRIS – DIAMANTE & Breaking Benjamin

Wow.

What. A. Cover.

Diamante and Ben absolutely knocked this one out of the park. That makes back-to-back weeks of unreal covers being featured (in case you missed last week’s post – listen to Chris Cornell kill this cover of Patience by GnR.

Before pressing play on this for the first time, we were skeptical to say the least. Iris is an iconic song and, often, when iconic songs get covered – they get butchered. After listening to the first 20 seconds of this one, it was obvious this was not the case. Diamante – one of our favourite female leads in the game right now, kicks of the track with beautiful vocals. Ben comes in 20 seconds later, and its clear their voices have an amazing synergy.

By this point the track has dug its claws into your soul – then the chorus hits…and you’re gone. The whole song is a runaway feels-train; especially around 1:54. “When everything feels like the movies (Diamante), ya you bleed just to know your Alive (Ben).” Dear god. Between the nostalgia of the lyrics, and the raw power in Ben’s voice, its impossible not to get hit hard by that part.

But don’t. take our word for it – listen for yourself. Then listen again….and again….and again.

Free your mind.

-CL