Diamond Head by Diamond Head

NWOBHM stalwarts return in convincing style

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Lars Ulrich regularly admits the almost incalculable debt owed to what he terms, “the two Heads” – Motörhead and Diamond Head.

Many have wrongly assumed that Am I Evil?, one of several DH tunes covered by their US counterparts, is a Metallica original, though it first appeared in 1980 on a hugely influential untitled debut by the Stourbridge-based veterans. Having never got the breaks, Diamond Head drifted in and out of existence ever since. However, the arrival of London-based, Danish-born frontman Rasmus Bom Andersen has sufficiently reinvigorated Diamond Head to overturn a promise from guitarist Brian Tatler – their sole remaining original member – that no further new music would be made.

Brian’s nimble yet emphatic riffing style remains the forefront of all that the band do, though the addition of Rasmus, who sounds more than a little like original frontman Sean Harris, is every bit as significant.

Bones, Wizard Sleeve and Shout At The Devil (no relation to Crüe’s gem of the same name) all represent firm nods to the past but the heavily orchestrated All The Reasons You Live and Silence also delve into hitherto untapped areas. This is rather excellent.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.