First on the agenda was to record and release the Four Cuts EP, which contained two early era songs Shoot Out The Lights and Dead Reckoning and the band did a whistle stop UK tour of the clubs to promote it. Diamond Head is an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. Read more. Subscribe to our mailing list to be part of the Diamond Head "Evil Legion". Brian and Sean continued to write together and in October/November Diamond Head re-convened in a purpose built studio in Lye, West Midlands to record album number 4. Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco of … "I could never work out why Sabbath sounded so much heavier than every other band, but this album was the first album recorded in dropped C sharp [an alternative guitar tuning with a heavier tone]. The album was packaged in a plain sleeve with no title or track listings, and 250 copies were signed by each band member. ", "Helpless" and "The Prince" would also be featured on Metallica's 2-CD Garage Inc. compilation, a collection of numerous cover songs that the band had played over the years. Discussions went on for around six months until the band finally inked a five album deal on 1st January 1982. Rock Fest Barcelona, Carrer Víctor Hugo, 29, 08924 Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Spain. [citation needed]. The album was somewhat successful commercially, climbing to No 24 in the UK album charts. The timing was perfect with the emergence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. onstage over 750 times. Horns up! Diamond Head's demos and live reputation gained enough attention for the band get two support dates with AC/DC and one with Iron Maiden at The Lyceum, London. In 1979/80 Diamond Head were managed by budding local managers Dave Morris and Ian Frazier. and "Helpless" with the original Diamond Head members on 5 November 1992 at NEC Arena in Birmingham. Nick Tart has been singer for the band since 2004, when he replaced Sean Harris. The band were able to perform a full scale UK tour at premier venues such as London's Hammersmith Odeon. They performed one gig in Northampton under the name Magnetic AKA but a deal failed to materialize and it all fell apart. An ambitious UK tour was planned for the summer by Reg and Linda as a way of being perceived as being more popular than they actually were. Although several record companies expressed interests in signing the band and Dave and Ian secured a couple of offers, none were deemed worthy by Reg and Linda who were now beginning to advise Sean as he still lived at home with his mother in a house paid for by Reg. Pete Winkelman tried to broker a deal with RCA records for 'new' band that would feature Sean, Karl Wilcox, Pete & Danny Vuckovic. 2002: Acoustic First Cuts (EP) Mixing : Added by: inbeeritrust: Modified by: Terri23: Added on: 2011-04-11 08:32:54: Last modified on: 2018-09 … [9], Metallica performed "Am I Evil?" Barely out of school and vehemently opposed to joining the cover band pub circuit, the fledgling young band also had the heyday of punk rock to contend with and were forced to develop … Influential and iconic heavy metal band, Diamond Head released their new, self-titled album April 22nd in Europe. Get your tickets and we'll see you down the front! Diamond Head are coming to Blackpool along with Rock Goddess. Get your tickets and we shall unleash evil in an entirely new level! It has an interesting timing and a superb riff. Diamond Head never achieved the éclat of noteworthies Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, but in their own way they were equally influential on Metal's development in the 1980s. Tatler had this to say about original singer Sean Harris – “Sean Harris the singer was the best thing and possibly the worst thing about Diamond Head." We guarantee we will rock the boat! Brian took over the running of the studio called RPK while Sean signed a solo deal with Pete Wineklman's new label I Major Records. Get ready! Stand out tracks are the opener Bones and Set my Soul on Fire. To promote this album they completed a 22 date European tour with Megadeth. Get your tickets fast as this will sell out! The timing was perfect with the emergence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. In 1980, Pete Winkelman from Wolverhampton got involved and tried to sign Diamond Head to his new label Media Records. The Cluny Venue, 36 Lime St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, UK. The tapes were not returned until they were eventually tracked down by Lars Ulrich and Phonogram Germany for inclusion on the 1990 compilation album 'New Wave Of British Heavy Metal '79 Revisited'. Diamond Head have cited their early inspirations as classic 1970s British rock bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, UFO, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Free,[5] Brian Tatler relating that the first albums he bought were Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II and Deep Purple's Machine Head, and said that although a lot of his guitar work was inspired by Ritchie Blackmore and Michael Schenker it was punk rock that showed him that anyone could form a band. Lightning To The Nations 2020 - 40th Anniversary, ANNOUNCE THUNDEROUS 40th ANNIVERSARY RE-RECORDING Diamond Head are super excited to join the Full Metal Cruise in 2020. [2] The album will be … Stand out tracks are the opener Bones and Set my Soul on Fire. Their set was recorded by the BBC and later released in 1992 through Raw Fruit Records as the Friday Rock Show Sessions. Not only are the riffs and songs are classic Diamond Head: the album sounds great too. Diamond Head comes to The Junction in Cambridge! The following day Brian performed "Helpless" with Metallica and Anthrax at the Sonisphere festival in Amnéville, France.[10]. Metallica's first official studio release of "Am I Evil?" along with the other bands in the Big 4 (Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) at the 2011 Sonisphere festival, and with Diamond Head themselves at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth on 8 July 2011. In addition, though many of their NWOBHM brethren toured the United States in the 1980s, Diamond Head did not set foot on US soil until 2002, performing one show at Metal Meltdown IV, New Jersey. Bloodstock Festivals, 54 Arundel Dr, Derby DE21 7QW, UK. Get your tickets now and we will see you for a beer in the captains lounge! Brian Tatler formed the band with Duncan Scott while both still at school in June 1976. Third time lucky this shall be a monstrous show with Saxon headlining the amazing London Apollo! The band tried a more experimental sounding follow-up to Borrowed Time, tentatively titled Making Music which was re-named Canterbury in 1983. By this time Diamond Head had signed to Silver Lining Records and are now managed by Siren Management. Diamond Head’s next dates of the UK leg are Purfleet, Essex this Saturday (18th) as part of Metal Waves 2. Later that year Diamond Head and Sean Harris finally went their separate ways. We hope you are ready for this! Tickets go live on May the 1st on www.planetrock.com. The album entered the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart at number 5, ten places higher than the band's self-titled album. Diamond Head are extremely excited to return to Bang Your Head in 2021 to smash out a powerful set to celebrate 40, well now 41, years of Lightning To The Nations and also 25 years of Bang Your Head. The singer is Rasmus and he is a great singer, kinda got a Sean Harris vibe to him. Coming back to the Live Rooms in Chester for the first time since 2014 and coming back with a vengeance! Diamond Head (Phil Manzanera album), a 1975 album by Phil Manzanera; Diamondhead, a 2008 album by jazz saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman "Diamond Head", an instrumental song by The Beach Boys from the 1968 album Friends "Diamond Head" (song), an instrumental song by The Ventures from the 1964 album Walk, Don't Run, Vol. Sean Harris's mother (Linda Harris) persuaded her boss and boyfriend (Reg Fellows) to come and see the band with a view to investing in them. Brian Tatler formed the band with Duncan Scott while both still at school in June 1976. American thrash metal band Metallica have often acknowledged Diamond Head as an important early influence, having covered the likes of "Sucking My Love", "Am I Evil?" Impressed by Rasmus’ vocal skills and range, the band offered him the role and embarked on a European tour including Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany and Hard Rock Hell UK. Particularly since there has been a renewed interest in Diamond Head in recent years. Megadeth with Diamond Head singer Sean Harris covering the Diamond Head classic during the 19th October 1990 Wembley Arena Clash of the Titans gig. They reworked the old songs and began recording a 4 track acoustic EP although this ended up taking two years and by the time it came out on the bands own label the acoustic phase was over. The Metal Up Your Ass live demo, recorded in November of that year, featured a live rendition of "Am I Evil?". It has been some time but we are bringing the lightning! produced by Dave (Shirt) Nichols. Diamond Head stay true to their heritage! It made number 32 in the charts (less than Borrowed Time) and it was noted that the album cost more to make but sold less. The singer is Rasmus and he is a great singer, kinda got a Sean Harris vibe to him. This is the band's most comprehensive attempt at a definitive greatest hits. The first CD in the set was newly recorded covers, one of which was Diamond Head's "It's Electric". Sean would not hear of such a thing and so on the 1st January 1984 MCA did not pick up the option for a third album. Following DIAMOND HEAD's performance at the recent Stonedeaf festival in Coddington, United Kingdom, guitarist Brian Tatler spoke with Tony Heare of … "The Prince" was also played, but the tape ran out too soon to catch it. Diamond Head as special guests at the Barrowlands with Saxon, Barrowland Ballroom, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT, UK. 2 people found this helpful. Glasgow we are coming back along side the mighty Saxon. initial success of the album was stalled as the first 20,000 copies suffered vinyl pressing problems, causing the LP to jump. A difference of opinions about how to manage Diamond Head followed, which eventually led to Dave Morris and Ian Frazier quitting their role as management, and the job fell solely to Reg and Linda. Diamond Head at The Waterloo Music Bar + Rock Goddess, The Waterloo Music Bar, Waterloo Rd, Blackpool FY4 2AF, UK. Sean and Brian accepted an offer to play the Metal Meltdown festival in New Jersey on April 5th 2002 (Diamond Head's first US show). The band continued to tour but now have the extra expense of flying the singer backwards and forwards from Australia. The official recordings of "Am I Evil? The management thought that it should be perceived as a 'demo' album, so no fancy sleeve was required, making it very cheap to produce. This culminated in Sean and Robin George making a very expensive album together under the name Notorious. The first 1000 copies were pressed and made available at concerts and via mail-order for £3.50. Reg also hired the Wolverhampton chapter of Hell's Angels to perform security duties on the whole tour. Towards the end of 1992 Sean grew dissatisfied with the album and Brian and wanted to move on. But honestly the whole album is brilliant. Edinburgh Diamond Head will return to you in 2021 with a vengeance! Diamond Head were invited to open that years Monsters of Rock festival and for the first time toured Europe as special guests of Black Sabbath. The Best of Diamond Head is a compilation album by the heavy metal band Diamond Head and was released by Half Moon Records in 1999. This didn't go down well with everyone and when in 2003 Sean failed to get a deal for the album (which had cost around £16,000 of Sean and Brian's money to make) things went quiet. Diamond Head (2) Profile: English heavy-metal band formed in Stourbridge in 1976 by guitarist Brian Tatler and drummer Duncan Scott, and one of the first bands classed as NWOBHM, or New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Diamond Head toured the US (twice) plus Japan and Europe including two dates opening for the Big 4. Read more. See you all soon! Founder member Brian (1976 -) and current lead singer Ras (2014 -) in conversation with Andy Rawll for Record Collector Magazine. The original stereo master tapes were lost after they were sent to the German record company, Woolfe Records, who released a vinyl version of the album with a new sleeve. 40 years of Lightning To The Nations and we are bring it to you! Get your tickets, Horns Up and see you down the front! Nick Tart (from Cannock) was asked to join Diamond Head in 2004. Diamond Head army! They found singer Sean Harris, who was in the same year, and went through three bass players before settling on Collin Kimberley in 1978. The only mail-order advertisement appeared in Sounds and ran for six weeks. [6], In a recent interview Tatler stated that he now tries not to be influenced by modern bands and keep his sound, although he imagines that "little bits creep into the writing process. The Coffin Train, Diamond Head’s eighth studio album, is a glorious testimony to Brian Tatler and Rasmus Bom Andersen’ masterful ability to create the flavours necessary for prime Diamond Head music. DH are excited to be getting back on stage and rocking out with all the rock and metal fans. [4] This album too received excellent reviews and Diamond Head performed at many prestigious Rock and Metal Festivals including Wacken, Hellfest, Bloodstock, Rock Hard, Rocklahoma and Stonedeaf as well as touring with Saxon and Black Star Riders. It is believed that tapes were passed onto various labels, but when the debut album entitled "Lightning To The Nations" failed to secure a record deal, the management decided that they would release 1000 copies of the album on an independent label (also owned by Muff Murfin) called 'Happy Face Records'. Reunited NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD have issued a follow-up statement regarding their decision to part ways with singer Sean Harris. During the Wherever We May Roam Tour Metallica played "Am I Evil?" No other band so impacted Metallica, for instance, whose Garage, Inc. contains not one but four Diamond Head covers. After recruiting new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen (a Danish born singer living in London) in 2014. The band was part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.[1]. But honestly the whole album is brilliant. They found singer Sean Harris, who was in the same year, and went through three bass players before settling on Collin Kimberley in 1978. Once the two-week UK tour was over Sean and Brian were told to start writing the next album. The two songs were also included in the first pressing of the Kill 'Em All LP when it was re-released by Elektra Records. focused mainly on their change in musical direction with Canterbury and their delay in obtaining a record deal. All previously purchased tickets remain valid, and new tickets are also available, Diamond Head at The Junction + Rock Goddess, The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, UK. Brian Tatler of Diamond Head fame is something of a living legend - despite his metal god status though, he was unwilling to talk shit about Lars Ulrich. and "The Prince" during their initial performances. He advised the band to change management and leave Reg and Linda behind but because of Sean's loyalty to his mother, this advice fell on deaf ears. Bang Your Head Open Air Festival, 72336 Balingen, Germany. Tatler and Harris also took part in a group encore of "Seek and Destroy". Diamond Head at the Rescue Rooms + Rock Goddess, Rescue Rooms, Rescue Rooms, Masonic Pl, Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5LB, UK. Rasmus Bom Andersen is a great singer with an almost Chris Cornell kind of sound at times. Work began on their eighth studio album The Coffin Train in mid 2016 and it was released in May 2019. The only A&R man who was determined to sign the band was Charlie Eyre who quit his job at A&M and joined MCA in order to sign Diamond Head and Musical Youth. About halfway through the recording Sean announced that he wanted to change the name of the band to 'Host'. In 1990 Pete Winkelman encourage Sean to make another Diamond Head record and so put Sean and Brian back in touch after a long break. Diamond head are coming to Manchester alongside the mighty Saxon headlining the Manchester Apollo! Diamond Head are extremely excited to return to Bang Your Head in 2021 to smash out a powerful set to celebrate 40, well now 41, years of Lightning To The Nations and also 25 years of Bang Your Head. June 18, 2019 - Brian Tatler was in the Snakepit at Metallica Worldwired, Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Get your ticket and we'll see you down the front. In 2007 Diamond Head released What's In your Head? [8] Also, while successful bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard were managed by established music management, Diamond Head were managed by Reg Fellows and the lead singer's mother, neither of whom had managed a band before. One person found this helpful. My references would have been MOTÖRHEAD [and] JUDAS PRIEST with 'Exciter' and 'Sinner'. As a group, they are credited as producers and session musicians on every Hitomi Yaida release until 2005 when Diamond Head was dissolved and each individual artist received their own credits from then on, with Murata Akira taking over the bulk of her sound production from Katoaka who left Aozora in 2005. Behind the scenes all was not well and the reunion was short lived as they were on the verge of splitting up as soon as the record was released. Not really, I am just glad we survived the intense competition. Get your tickets now and we'll see you down the front, Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Porthcawl CF36, UK. Original Diamond Head singer Sean Harris in the early 80s (Image credit: Pete Cronin/Getty) Do you hanker after the vibrant heavy metal scene in the mid 70s when Diamond Head formed or does the modern-day scene, although radically different, offer its own opportunities? "[7], Many reasons have been cited why Diamond Head never achieved significant commercial success,[according to whom?] They soon recruited Sean Harris (vocals), and a few months later, Colin Kimberley (bass) joined their ranks. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers DIAMOND HEAD have explained the end of their working relationship with MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine.. Diamond Head as special guest at the Manchester Apollo with Saxon, O2 Apollo, Stockport Rd, Manchester M12 6AP, UK. Using top engineer Mike Shippley at a very expensive London studio called Battery in Wilsden put immense pressure on the band. in 2008 Nick announced that he and his family were going to emigrate to Brisbane. Patti Pavilion, Mumbles Rd, Swansea SA1 4PQ, UK, Rescheduled due to the 2020 pandemicwe return to have revenge on 2020 at the Patti Pavilion, Swansea on Sunday 25 April 2021 Diamond Head on UK TV BBC Midlands "Look Hear" program 1980Line-upSean Harris (vocals)Brian Tatler (guitar)Duncan Scott (drums)Colin Kimberley (bass) Reg hired a sleeper coach for band and crew, an articulated lorry filled with hired PA and Lights. Diamond Head are coming to Newcastle and bringing our good friends Rock Goddess with us. Get your tickets early to not miss out on this epic event! - Garage Days Re-Revisited in 1987 and "The Prince" was included as a B-side to the "One" single. With their genre-defining debut album Lightning To The Nations, Diamond Head became the band who influenced and opened gates for many metal bands. It is a superb lineup and going to be immense! Its was Diamond Head's "Difficult third album". For Canada's The Metal Voice, former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin (Deathriders) interviewed legendary NWOBHM guitarist Brian Tatler of Diamond Head at the Whisky in Los Angeles.Tatler spoke about Metallica covering their song “Am I Evil”, their new self titled album in … The band's rhythm guitarist Adrian Mills left the band and was replaced with Andy 'Abbz' Abberley,[3] previously in Cannock band Chase with drummer Karl Wilcox. Metallica have performed "Am I Evil?" The band's next album, All Will Be Revealed was released in 2005. "I think that's partly due to our new singer, Ras (Rasmus Bom Andersen), who joined in 2014," Tatler says of the band garnering new found and long overdue attention. 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