“Diamonds is a song that pays homage to the legacy of the band,” says vocalist Rasmus Andersen.” It features vintage and modern performance footage from Diamond Head’s career. It reflects on the band’s 40 years and gives lyrical nods that point to some of Diamond Head’s best songs.”
The video, created by Emmy Award nominee Roman at Snakejam Studios, precedes the band’s upcoming return to the United States for the first of two short runs that include performances at Rocklahoma Festival on May 27th and Psycho Circus in Las Vegas on August 19.
“We are really looking forward to Rocklahoma which will be our largest US festival to date,” notes Andersen. “We hope to see and meet loads of fans on our shows between the 17th and 27th of May. We will be playing songs from our new album and classic catalogue along with one or two surprises for the hard core fans.”
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 icon. Decibel Magazine called 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:” Noisey claims simply, “Diamond Head stand the test of time on their new album.”
Formed in 1976, DIAMOND HEAD 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. 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 band’s 2005 album All Will Be Revealed and 2007 album What’s In Your Head.
Upcoming DIAMOND HEAD tour dates are:
5/17 – Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
5/18 – HQ, Indianapolis IN
5/19 – Ribco, Rock Island IL
5/20 – Legions of Metal Festival (Reggies Live), Chicago IL
5/27 – Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK
8/19 – Psycho Circus Festival, Las Vegas NV
8/21 – Mystic Theater, Petaluma CA
8/22 – Goldfield Trading Post, Sacramento CA
8/23 – Bossanova Ballroom, Portland OR
The band’s European Summer Festivals include:
7/14 – Dynamo (Holland)
7/15 – Bang Your Head (Germany)
7/16 – Baroeg (Holland)
7/23 – Amplified (England)
8/05 – Cumbria Rock Festival (England)
8/12 – Leyendas Del Rock (Spain)
Additional European dates are confirmed for November and December. Check the band’s official Facebook page for specific information and tickets.
DIAMOND HEAD is co-founder/guitarist Brian Tatler, vocalist Rasmus Andersen, drummer Karl Wilcox, bassist Dean Ashton, and guitarist Abbz.