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Northwich Memorial Court
Saturday 30th April 2016

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MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is Diamond Head, where the influential metallers will headline a special night of NWOBHM at Northwich Memorial Court on Saturday 30th April.

Diamond Head have just released their brand new album, 'Diamond Head'. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen, who joins original guitarist Brian Tatler along with Eddie Moohan on bass, Abbz on guitar and drummer Karl Wilcox.

'Diamond Head' has been getting rave reviews with MetalTalk's Ian Sutherland awarding the album four and a half pints, whilst Mark Taylor wrote in Record Collector Magazine that 'Diamond Head' is the best work from the band in three decades.

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In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Headbangers Open Air in Germany.

This spark of creativity led the band to start working on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler, founder of Diamond Head, said: "When we began talking with Ras about making a new record he said we should write the songs as a band just like Diamond Head did at the beginning of our career. There's no substitute for writing together in the same room, we spark each other off and create something far bigger than we could have done individually."

Brian continued: "Ras has certainly renewed the energy within the band. I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the European tour that all suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He's a confident singer and he's not trying to fill anyone's shoes."

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Brian Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax at the UK's Sonisphere Festival in 2011, performing Diamond Head's classic song, 'Am I Evil?' Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd, saying: "If it wasn't for Brian Tatler there's a pretty good fucking chance none of us would be here tonight. Would you give it up for Brian Tatler one more time?"

Speaking about this event, Brian said: "It was great. A nod towards Diamond Head to say, 'Respect. You're an important band. You might not have sold millions of records, but you're an influential band.' And it's nice to be influential. But equally if it wasn't for Metallica, then Diamond Head would not have had this second wind."

Speaking about the new album, Brian said: "This new album has an echo of the early albums but I always try to push our music forward somewhere new if possible." Ras adds: "In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren't so heavy on the heart."

Joining Diamond Head for the evening in a mouth watering bill will be fellow NWOBHM legends Salem, Witchfynde and Spartan Warrior.

CONGRATULATIONS to Monte Anthony who won our very recent Diamond Head competition on MetalTalk. He wins a copy of the new 'Diamond Head' CD for correctly answering that vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen was born in Denmark.


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