RELEASED 11TH MARCH 2016 (DISSONANCE RECORDS)
From their humble roots of Stourbridge in England, borrowing guitars and using biscuit tins to make drumkits, Diamond Head have become something of a legend in the metal world since their bedroom forming back in 1976. The self-titled "Diamond Dead" is their 7th full length and the world has awaited for nine long years for it. Has it been worth the wait, or are going to experience a musical anticlimax? Read on my friends and we shall find out.
"Diamond Head" is the first album to feature Rasmus Bom Andersen, who replaces Nick Tart on vocals. For such an influential band, any kind of line up change is a risky business; especially when that change is the front man. By the sound of things, the band have thought long and hard about it, and their decision appears to have been the right one. Anderson somehow makes me think I'm listening to Free with Paul Rogers, albeit a heavier incarnation.
The whole album from the start of the opening track 'Bones' to the close of the finisher 'Silence' had a deceptively simple retro sound that is charming enough but on closer inspection, the tracks are all carefully structured and intelligently complex. There's a certain transparency there that brings an honesty and a no bullshit approach. The influences of Zeppelin, Priest and Purple, to name a few are laid bare for all to hear, especially on the Sabbath-esque 'Shout At The Devil' and the closer 'Silence' where the Zeppelin vibe is there in force.
By now, I should be snorting in derision and getting more bored by the songs, but I'm not and I will tell you why. They have blended familiarity with originality for just the right mix, making the whole album one big success in my experience.