Black Diamonds (EP)

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Black Diamonds
EP by Issues
Released November 13, 2012
Recorded August–September 2012; Interlace Audio Studios, Portland, OR.
Genre Metalcore, R&B
Length 22:32
Label Rise, Velocity
Producer Kris Crummett
Issues chronology
Black Diamonds
Singles from Black Diamonds
  1. "King of Amarillo"
    Released: October 1, 2012
  2. "Princeton Ave"
    Released: October 31, 2012
  3. "The Worst of Them"
    Released: December 17, 2012
  4. "Love, Sex, Riot"
    Released: March 2, 2013

Black Diamonds is the debut EP by American metalcore band, Issues. The EP was released on November 13, 2012.[1]


The majority of the band's members originated from ex-members of Woe, Is Me, being Tyler Carter, Michael Bohn, Cory Ferris and Ben Ferris. After they left their previous band, they recorded and released this debut EP. [2] The lead single, titled "King of Amarillo," was released on October 2, 2012, along with a lyric video.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 69%[4]

AbsolutePunk stated that the sound of the album was very similar to Woe, Is Me's album Number[s], although it had a 'twist', praising Tyler Carter's vocal ability, although called the rapping in the songs 'sour'.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Black Diamonds"   1:57
2. "King of Amarillo"   3:29
3. "The Worst of Them"   3:36
4. "Princeton Ave"   3:48
5. "Love, Sex, Riot" (feat. Chris Fronzak of Attila) 3:18
6. "Her Monologue"   3:25
7. "Embrace Your Issues (hidden track)" (feat. Snow Tha Product) 2:59
Total length:


  • Produced by Kris Crummett at Interlace Studios in Portland, Oregon


  1. ^ "Alternative Press | News | Issues announce debut EP, "Black Diamonds"". 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Issues announce debut EP, "Black Diamonds"". AltPress. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Issues release "King Of Amarillo" lyric video". AltPress. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Romero, Hansel. "Issues - Black Diamonds EP". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 15 November 2013.