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Diamond Head - 1981 Diamond Lights [ep]

ARTIST: Diamond Head
ALBUM: Diamond Lights [ep]
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Sean Harris - vocals * Brian Tatler - guitars * Colin Kimberley - bass * Duncan Scott - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Diamond Lights * 02 We Won't Be Back * 03 I Don't Got (Nobody's Love) * 04 It's Electric


No two ways about it, Diamond Head were one of the most influential bands of the NWOBM, outside of the triumvirate of Def Leppard, Iron Maiden and Saxon. Not quite spread between the same sandwich, Diamond Head had a lighter sound, an excellent (and different sounding) singer in Sean Harris, plus some interesting songwriting and guitars from Brian Tatler. Future albums such as 'Borrowed Time' and 'Canterbury' showcased their unique blend of hard rock. But before the release of any long-playing albums, came a self-released 4 track EP from 1981 that graced the Rock Underground as 100th generation cassette dubs which duly found its way around the world. One came into my hot hands during early 1981. Interestingly, it was released by the band's own label after their long-player debut 'Lightning To The Nations' which came out the year before.

The Songs
There's only 4 songs on offer. Leading off with 'Diamond Lights', features Harris' wavering vocal which wafts across the soundscape like a minstrel on the run. I've always enjoyed this one when I've listened to it. Some tough guitar work from Brain Tatler is evident on 'We Won't Be Back', so too the equally tough vocals from Harris. 'I Don't Got (Nobody's Love)' is a very 70's rocker, with a thumping back end. The riffs are from a time when the Pat Travers band and Thin Lizzy were extremely popular in the UK. The last of the quartet, 'It's Electric' is a bit rough and ready around the fringes, but in Diamond Head's capable hands, it sounds terrific.

In Summary
Best endorsed by Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Diamond Head had another one of their earlier tunes covered by Metallica. 'Am I Evil' would prove to be a worthy cover by thrash metal's royalty of the 80's. Diamond Head would find their place during the early part of the 80's, but beyond 1983's 'Canterbury', they struggled to stay afloat. However, all is good in the here and now, as the band are still a going concern, with 5 albums released since the year 2000.

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#1 | Nick C on April 17 2013 17:01:08
#2 | reyno-roxx on April 17 2013 20:30:27
The original line-up was by far the best live band I have ever seen.
#3 | sabace on April 18 2013 22:23:21
great band
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