DIAMOND HEAD begin the final week on their ongoing North American tour tonight in Rochester. The band is touring in support of their acclaimed, self-titled album.
Released via Dissonance Productions on June 24, Diamond Head is the first album to feature new vocalist Rasmus Born Anderson and ends an eight-year silence for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends. Decibel Magazine calls Diamond Head “vital and interesting. All the songs, thanks to (Brian) Tatler’s masterclass riffing, are all rock solid from top to bottom. These guys deserve their legendary status.” Metal Injection adds, “Tatler has come to the table with some of his all-time best,:” while Noisey claims simply, “Diamond Head stand the test of time on their new album.”
DIAMOND HEAD are considered one of NWOBHM’s early members. Formed in 1976, their songs influenced a slew of early 80’s thrash metal bands, in particular Metallica who recorded the band’s “Am I Evil” as a b-side to their 1984 Creeping Death single and again included on the band’s multi-platinum 1998 covers album Garage Inc. Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax at the 2011 Sonisphere Festival. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd saying, “if it wasn’t for Brian Tatler, there’s a pretty good chance none of us would be here tonight.” Later speaking about the event Tatler said, “if it wasn’t for Metallica, Diamond Head would not have had this second wind.” Metallica would record three additional DIAMOND HEAD songs – “Helpless” (Garage Days, 1987), “The Prince” (“One Single b-side, 1989), “It’s Electric” (Garage Inc., 1998).
Dissonance Productions additionally issued for the the first time in North America the band’s 2005 album All Will Be Revealed and 2007 album What’s In Your Head.
DIAMOND HEAD tour dates are:
11/21 – Bug Jar, Rochester NY
11/22 – Katacombes, Montreal QC
11/23 – Brass Monkey, Ottawa ON
11/24 – Garrison, Toronto ON
11/25 – Token Lounge, Detroit MI
11/26 – Tailgators, Chicago IL
11/27 – Metal Grill, Milwaukee WI
DIAMOND HEAD are guitarist Brian Tatler, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen, drummer Karl Wilcox, bassist Dean Ashton, and guitarist Abbz.