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Diamond Head - 2016 Diamond Head

ARTIST: Diamond Head
ALBUM: Diamond Head
LABEL: Dissonance Productions
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Brian Tatler - guitars * Rasmus Bom Andersen - vocals * Karl Wilcox - drums * Eddie Moohan - bass * Andy Abberley - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bones * 02 Shout At The Devil * 03 Set My Soul On Fire * 04 See You Rise * 05 All The Reasons You Live * 06 Wizards Sleeve * 07 Our Time Is Now * 08 Speed * 09 Blood On My Hands * 10 Diamonds * 11 Silence



Some months ago we reported the forthcoming release of a new Diamond Head album. This British band is another that has many friends here at GDM, thanks to their solid back-catalogue, especially from around the late 70's and early 80's era. 'Lightning To The Nations' and 'Canterbury' remain firm favourites for me. Their catalogue has stretched into the 2000's, I did review 2005's 'All Will Be Revealed' at the time, putting them into the same bracket as other bands who kept to a heavy groove laden style of rock. This continues for this new self-titled album. They've acquired a new Danish singer Rasmus Bom Andersen (who lives in England), and he sounds pretty powerful.

The Songs
Now, when comparing this to anything musically similar, the first band that came to mind for me were Praying Mantis. Though this is nothing like Mantis' beautiful CD from last year 'Legacy', there is a bit to like here. Andersen's vocal phrasing is comparable to DH's former singer Sean Harris, though not an obvious deadringer. He may have gone back and listened to the complete DH back-catalogue for reference I would say. 'Diamond Head' the album is aimed squarely at the heavy metal audience, and for those of you with long memories, unfortunately there are no moments here which resemble classic material such as 'Knight Of The Swords' or 'Ishmael'. Certainly, 'Bones' and 'Shout At The Devil' put paid to that notion from the beginning. Brian Tatler's guitar work on 'See You Rise' sounds very retro amid the powerful delivery. 'All The Reasons You Live' is a very majestic sweeping track, with synths leading the opening sequence. This is more like it. For something different, 'Wizard Sleeve' sounds like it has been infused with a bluesy/boogie microchip, and I'm loving Tatler's guitar-tone on this one. 'Speed' is an understated rocker with a fast tempo applied. This one sounds as if it was forged in the early 80's which is probably half the reason why I like it. 'Blood On My Hands' slows things down, though there is some swampy guitar work to be had. 'Diamonds' changes the tempo yet again, fast-paced, but it's the closer 'Silence' which is the most intriguing track here. At 6 minutes, it combines progressive and orchestral elements with a middle-eastern sound. Very different to what went before with the previous ten tracks.

In Summary
Diamond Head have retained some of the attributes which made them a popular draw in the first place. Andersen's vocals do a great service to the aforementioned Sean Harris. Brian Tatler has the best overview of anybody in how to pitch DH's music, even if it is thirty years after their popular tenure. Obviously Diamond Head can never match their material from the glory daze, so if you are interested in listening to this latest effort, do yourself a favour and go back and listen to 'Lightning To The Nations', 'Borrowed Time' and 'Canterbury', if you know what's good for you!

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 19 2016 16:11:59
Kelv reckons this is one of the best heavy metal records released in 30 years. It is certainly very good and captures the spirit of the original Diamond Head better than anything they've recorded since the White album.
#2 | Nick C on June 19 2016 21:26:49
Very true...I've doggedly followed the band since the 'White' album it's my favourite since Canterbury and I prefer it to Borrowed Time. It just seems like it has that 'edge' as it were.
#3 | gdazegod on June 19 2016 22:57:40
Borrowed Time was a cut-down version of LFTN for MCA, originally featuring only 7 tracks, though in later years reissues have seen additional material bolted on.
#4 | rkbluez on December 21 2016 01:20:32
WOW is this good...this is the best thing they've ever done IMO forget the old stuff these guys sound hungry and ready to rip your head off here...this is classic heavy rock done to perfection...done right...excellent.
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