This deathcore band's concise statement is "We are a band dedicated to making music for the Lord Almighty." Diamonds to Dust is a Christian-based deathcore band from New York signed to Manifest Records. Their newest EP, Decisions, released on November 30, 2020.
Diamonds to Dust is:
Barry Hogue: Cleans Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Melvin Hogue: Drums/Samples
Christian Roche: Screaming Vocals
Brandon (Whitty) Whitaker: Bass/Clean Vocals
Brandon Zablocki: Lead Guitar
Diamonds to Dust was formed in Poughkeepsie New York in 2012. The band was formed on the premise that people with different experiences and stories could come together to make music. The original lineup consisted of Jenna Sedlak (Vocals), Matt Colgan (drums), Ryan Cuifo (Bass), Vincent Drummond (Guitar), Barry Hogue (Guitar, screaming vocals). Together they wrote their first single Ashes to Ashes. Shortly after the band went their separate ways due to their musical influences being too different and the members could not agree on a direction in which the band could move forward. In December of 2013 Barry Hogue decided to jumpstart Diamonds to Dust once again. This time he would use influences from metal, hard rock, post-hardcore and pop punk to create a solid foundation. By using bands such as A Day to Remember, Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Four Years Strong, Skillet, Chunk No Captain Chunk, Killswitch Engage, and For Today, he began hitting the studio to record Diamonds to Dust debut album Faith Through Trials. With the recruitment of Joe Ayala (male vocals), Angelica Hogue (female vocals), Mike O’dell (live screaming vocals), Brandon Zablocki (guitar), Nico Petroccitto (bass), and Melvin Hogue (drums) the lineup was completed.
In the middle of 2014 Diamonds to Dust was signed to Barry Hogue’s label Manifest Records along with Poughkeepsie based metalcore band If I Were You. After signing to Manifest Records Diamonds to Dust was able to release their debut album on October 31, 2014. Although Diamonds to Dust did not claim to be a Christian band, they shared a lot of Christian elements. Barry Hogue states “I’m glad they accept that Melvin, Angelica and I are Christians and that we like to write Christian music, just like we accept their personal beliefs. It would not be right to call us a Christian band when only three members are Christian”.
In July of 2015 Diamonds to Dust went through a complete lineup change. Mike O’dell, Brandon Zablocki, Angelica Hogue and Nico Petroccitto had exited the band. Brandon Zablocki was replaced by Joe Ayla who would still continue to do vocals, but would also take over the position of guitar, Nico Petroccitto was replaced by Bryan Corns on bass and Angelica Hogue and Mike O’dell was replaced by Gavin Morrison who has a variety of singing ranges. Gavin Morrison would also take over screaming vocal for the band. Diamonds to Dust released their second album Sense of Freedom July 1st 2016.
On September 15th 2016 Diamonds to Dust went through another lineup change. Vocalist Gavin Morrison, Joe Ayala and Bryan Corns left the band. This left the band with only 2 of its original members, Barry and Melvin Hogue. Barry Hogue would once again take over the screaming vocals, but he would also take over singing vocals while playing guitar. In November of 2016 Tyler Ronconi joined Diamonds to Dust as the lead guitarist and brought a new element to the band. In December of 2016 Virginia Ronconi joined as the new bassist and female vocalist, which would also revert the band back to its roots with having male and female singing. The band would be further solidified when they announced that they had become a complete Christian band. Melvin Hogue had this to say about the new line up “it is great that we are all on the same page musically and since we are all Christian it just makes it that much easier to write together. It is also easier being a 4 piece band, since there is just less people to worry about”. Diamonds to Dust third album Aging of the Weary was released March 17, 2017.
In February of 2018 Tyler and Virginia Ronconi would leave Diamonds to Dust to start their own country band called Way Behind The Sun. This again left the band with its 2 original members Barry and Melvin Hogue who went to record and release their fourth album Conservation of the Spirit on June 29th 2018. In this album Barry did all the vocals. Christian Roche would be added to the band in January of 2019 which would make them a 3 piece Christian metal band. The first track Christian would show his vocals on would be Diamond Pierced Eyes. In 2019 PJ Heady (guitar and Chris Broad (bass) would join the band but would leave a few months later do personal matters in their lives. In 2020 Brandon Zablocki rejoined the band as the lead guitarist and longtime friend Brandon Whitaker joined the band on bass.