What does it sound like?:
Once upon a time, Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris remarked that Diamond Head could turn out to be the new Led Zeppelin. Well, he was well wide of the mark there, but the band did leave behind one killer album before fading away.
Sometimes known as the White Album, due to originally being sold in a plain white sleeve, this has to be one of the strongest debut albums from the NWOBHM era in the late seventies/early eighties. Indeed, some of the songs here became better known over the ensuing years than the album itself, in particular the four covered by Metallica on their Garage Inc album – Am I Evil being perhaps the most enduring of their compositions.
The second cd rounds up various singles and Eps of varying quality recorded between this and their follow up album in 1982, the opener Shoot Out The Lights being the best of these.
This re-release of the album was originally put together back in 2011, but now comes supplemented with an excellent booklet of rare photographs and articles on the band.
What does it all *mean*?
The big winners in the NWOBHM were Maiden, Def Leppard and to a lesser extent Saxon. Unfortunately, the wheel of fortune largely passed Diamond Head by, but this is still one of the most important and influential albums from that era.
Goes well with…
Other NWOBHM albums, early Maiden, Saxon etc.
Might suit people who like…
British Metal, early 80’s style – although a version of the band is still around today, and indeed released an album this year, this was indeed their finest hour.