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5th December 2017

diamond head

The importance of Diamond Head within the history of Heavy Metal can never be understated and the UK is once again experiencing some serious HEAVYOSITY this week.

Formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England, Diamond Head are one of the leading members of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement that stormed the country in the late 70s/early 80s and are acknowledged by Metallica, Megadeth and others as an important early influence.

Their first official release was the 1979 single, 'Shoot Out The Lights', a song that remains a staple of the live set today, along with many other classic Metal tracks including 'The Prince', 'Borrowed Time', 'Lightning To The Nations', 'To Heaven From Hell' and 'Am I Evil?' which Metallica included on their 'Garage Inc.' compilation, along with 'It's Electric'.

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Diamond Head have played with everyone over the years including AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and of course Metallica at Sonisphere 2010 where they performed 'Am I Evil?' along with the other bands in the 'Big Four', Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Lars Ulrich said that there was "a pretty good chance that none of us would be here" without Brian Tatler before playing the song.

The seventh studio album, 'Diamond Head', was released on 22nd April 2016 and is the first album from the band to feature Rasmus Bom Andersen as lead vocalist. Since it's release, Diamond Head have enjoyed a major resurgence in the UK and Europe and also America, where they have toured twice in the last two years, the biggest US jaunts in their history.

Diamond Head recently released a brand new video for the song 'Diamonds' which is taken from their acclaimed 2016 self-titled album.

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Rasmus told us:

"'Diamonds' is a song that pays homage to the legacy of the band. It features vintage and modern performance footage from Diamond Head's career. It reflects on the band's forty years and gives lyrical nods that point to some of Diamond Head's best songs."

And here is 'Diamonds'...

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 icons.

The album won MetalTalk's 2016 Album Of The Year, as you can see here.

We also ran Diamond Head's exclusive US tour diary last year and in case you missed it at the time, check it out here.

Upcoming Diamond Head tour dates are:

6th December: O2 Academy, Islington, London
7th December: The Robin Bilston, UK
8th December: The 1865, Southampton
9th December: Blast from the Past Festival, Belgium



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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