With Lightning To The Nations 2020 due for release 27 November via Silver Linings Music, Diamond Head have today shared their re-recorded version of Am I Evil? which you can watch below.
From an idea kicked off by drummer Karl Wilcox, the decision was made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ground breaking ‘Lightening To The Nations’ album by re-recording it with the current line-up and throw in some covers too.
And these epic new versions are set to smash the groundbreaking album into the 21st century.
Of the iconic song, Brian Tatler told MetalTalk: “Am I Evil? Is one of the songs that Metallica covered. I got a call from Lars Ulrich on 20th September 1986 to say that Metallica were playing that evening as part of the Master of Puppets Tour, at the Birmingham Odeon which was the best venue in the Midlands to see bands.
“Lars invited me along, so I caught the number nine bus and picked up my backstage pass and was shown into Metallica’s dressing room.
“I was then introduced to James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton. Lars suggested that I get up and play ‘Am I Evil?’ on stage with them in the Encore, I of course agreed and after watching their amazing set for an hour I went backstage again where the guitar techs strapped James’s white Flying-V onto me.
“Then Lars ran to the centre-vocal mike and introduced me as “the guy who wrote this next song!”.
“The five of us played ‘Am I Evil?’ up to the fast section then Metallica went into ‘Damage Inc.’ and I scarpered off stage.
“It was a brilliant experience!”
“It’s also been a really great experience to re-visit and re-record ‘Am I Evil?’ and the Lightning To The Nations album for 2020.
“It’s also about time that Diamond Head’s biggest song finally has a video. Thank you to Andy Pilkington [Very Metal Art] for this mini epic.”
‘Lightning To The Nations 2020’ has Diamond Head returning the covers favour, with an eagerly awaited new version of the Metallica classic ‘No Remorse’ alongside covers from Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest and Deep Purple.