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Diamond Head: Diamond Head

Hard-charging return to form from NWOBHM’s lost heroes.

Diamond Head

It ain’t easy bein’ Diamond Head. It never was. There was a brief window when they were the absolute bleeding edge of the then-burgeoning NWOBHM sound, but they took so many comical wrong turns that by the time heavy metal landed as a global cultural force in the mid 80s, they were already lost in the weeds somewhere.

So here’s the trick they’ve gotta pull off with this album, their first in eight years and with new singer Rasmus Bom Andersen – it’s gotta sound like Am I Evil, but it can’t sound like it’s trying to sound like Am I Evil. And goddammit, if that’s not exactly what guitarist/founder Brian Tatler and the boys have done here.

Diamond Head is the perfect follow-up to their ’82 landmark Borrowed Time, filled with all the chugging riffs, high-flying solos and bombastic hooks you could hope for, and none of the noodle-y prog or commercial cash-ins that sunk them back in the 80s. More importantly, it doesn’t sound like a recreation of past glories. It just fuckin’ rocks, in glorious, timeless fashion.

Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.