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Diamond Head’s Lightning To The Nations 2020: Metallica’s favourite band revisit the past

Cult NWOBHM heroes Diamond Head re-record classic Lars Ulrich-approved debut album

Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
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You simply cannot argue with the seminal power of Diamond Head’s 1980 debut album. Some diehard fans may recoil from a complete re-recording of the whole thing, but these songs are so timeless, anthemic and integral to the evolution of heavy metal that guitarist/founder Brian Tatler would have had to work very hard to screw it up. In the end, Lightning To The Nations 2020 is a joy. Sonically thunderous and played with palpable vim and vigour, it’s never going to usurp the original, but it’s thrilling to hear the likes of Am I Evil? and The Prince sound so huge and contemporary. Four bonus covers, including a spine-rattling version of Metallica’s No Remorse, complete a thoroughly worthwhile plundering of the past.


Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.