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5th December 2017

diamond head

The importance of Diamond Head within the history of Heavy Metal can never be understated and the UK is once again experiencing some serious HEAVYOSITY this week.

Formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England, Diamond Head are one of the leading members of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement that stormed the country in the late 70s/early 80s and are acknowledged by Metallica, Megadeth and others as an important early influence.

Their first official release was the 1979 single, 'Shoot Out The Lights', a song that remains a staple of the live set today, along with many other classic Metal tracks including 'The Prince', 'Borrowed Time', 'Lightning To The Nations', 'To Heaven From Hell' and 'Am I Evil?' which Metallica included on their 'Garage Inc.' compilation, along with 'It's Electric'.

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Diamond Head have played with everyone over the years including AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and of course Metallica at Sonisphere 2010 where they performed 'Am I Evil?' along with the other bands in the 'Big Four', Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Lars Ulrich said that there was "a pretty good chance that none of us would be here" without Brian Tatler before playing the song.

The seventh studio album, 'Diamond Head', was released on 22nd April 2016 and is the first album from the band to feature Rasmus Bom Andersen as lead vocalist. Since it's release, Diamond Head have enjoyed a major resurgence in the UK and Europe and also America, where they have toured twice in the last two years, the biggest US jaunts in their history.

Diamond Head recently released a brand new video for the song 'Diamonds' which is taken from their acclaimed 2016 self-titled album.

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Rasmus told us:

"'Diamonds' is a song that pays homage to the legacy of the band. It features vintage and modern performance footage from Diamond Head's career. It reflects on the band's forty years and gives lyrical nods that point to some of Diamond Head's best songs."

And here is 'Diamonds'...

Released via Dissonance Productions last June, Diamond Head is the first album to feature Andersen on vocals. Its release ended an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons.

The album won MetalTalk's 2016 Album Of The Year, as you can see here.

We also ran Diamond Head's exclusive US tour diary last year and in case you missed it at the time, check it out here.

Upcoming Diamond Head tour dates are:

6th December: O2 Academy, Islington, London
7th December: The Robin Bilston, UK
8th December: The 1865, Southampton
9th December: Blast from the Past Festival, Belgium


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