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MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is Diamond Head and this week the influential Metallers will be performing three English dates at The Brook, Southampton on Thursday 1st September, Nuneaton Queen's Hall on 2nd and Milton Keynes, Crauford Arms on Saturday 3rd.

The band will then take a break for a few weeks, interspersed with an appearance at Germany's Stormcrusher Festival, before taking on a full UK tour which starts in Dublin on September 22nd.

Diamond Head have just released their brand new eponymous album 'Diamond Head' and it's their first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen, who joins original guitarist and founder Brian Tatler. The line-up is now completed by Abbz on guitar, drummer Karl Wilcox and new bassist Dean Ashton.

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

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 work on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler 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 do individually.

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"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.

"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."

Diamond Head UK tour dates:

01/09/16 Southampton, The Brook
02/09/16 Nuneaton, Queens Hall
03/09/16 Milton Keynes, The Crauford Arms
22/09/16 Dublin, Fibber McGee’s Rock Bar
23/09/16 Belfast, Voodoo
24/09/16 Limerick, Dolan’s Warehose
28/09/16 Doncaster, Diamond Live Lounge
29/09/16 Norwich, The Waterfront
04/10/16 York, Fibbers
05/10/16 Glasgow, 02 ABC
06/10/16 Edinburgh, La-Belle Angele
07/10/16 Aberdeen, Krakatoa
08/10/16 Sheffield, O2 Academy 2
09/10/16 London, O2 Academy

Tickets for all UK dates are available here.


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