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Diamond Head

Formed: 1976
From: Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Diamond Head Announces North American Tour

Diamond Head is set to return to North American for the band's longest tour in its 40-year career. The headline run will feature songs that span the entire extensive recording catalog including an upcoming self-titled new album set for North American release on June 24th.

Recorded at Vigo Studios in Birmingham, "Diamond Head" is the first album to feature new vocalist Rasmus Born Anderson and ends an eight-year silence for the NWOBHM group. Catch Diamond Head live on these upcoming tour dates:

North America
11/02 - Slim's, San Francisco CA
11/03 - Whiskey, Hollywood CA
11/04 - LVCS, Las Vegas NV
11/05 - Brick By Brick, San Diego CA
11/10 - Grizzly Hall, Austin TX
11/11 - Concert Pub North, Houston TX
11/12 - Rock Box, San Antonio, TX
11/13 - Trees, Dallas TX
11/17 - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA
11/18 - Fish Head Cantina, Baltimore MD
11/19 - The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
11/20 - Webster Hall's Marlin Room, New York NY
11/21 - Bug Jar, Rochester NY
11/22 - Katacombes, Montreal QC
11/23 - Brass Monkey, Ottawa ON
11/24 - Garrison, Toronto ON
11/25 - Token Lounge, Detroit MI
11/26 - Tailgators, Chicago IL
11/27 - Metal Grill, Milwaukee WI More...

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Diamond Head Gearing Up For New Tour

Diamond Head's new self-titled album (out now in Europe and due out June 3rd in North America) will be followed by a series of live performances kicking off next week.

Confirmed appearances are noted below, and a string of North American dates are expected for early winter. Catch the band live:

May 1 - Soldiers Off The Street Festival (Telford, United Kingdom)
May 7 - Razzet L-Ahmar (Mosta, Malta)
May 12 - HRH Ibiza Roadtrip (Ibiza, Spain)
May 27 - GetMad Festival (Madrid, Spain)
June 5 - Muskel Rock Festival (Alvesta, Sweden)
June 8 - Sweden Rock Festival (Solvesborg, Sweden)
June 18 - Der Detze Rockt Festival (Daun, Germany)
July 30 - Barnet Ruby Club (Barnet, United Kingdom)
August 12 - Bloodstock Festival (Derbyshire, United Kingdom)
August 18 - The Robin (Bilston, United Kingdom)
August 27 - Skulls of Metal Festival (Jaen, Spain)
September 1 - The Brook (Southampton, United Kingdom)
September 2 - Queens Hall (Nuneaton, United Kingdom)
September 17 - Stormcrusher Festival (Lamplauhlstrabe, Germany)
September 22 - Fibber McGee's Rock Bar (Dublin, Ireland)
September 23 - Voodoo (Belfast, Ireland)
September 24 - Dolan's Warehouse (Limerick, Ireland)
September 29 - The Waterfront (Norwich, United Kingdom)
October 4 - Fibbers (York, United Kingdom)
October 5 - O2 ABC (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
October 6 - La-Belle Angele (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
October 7 - the Moorings Bar (Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
October 8 - O2 Academy 2 (Sheffield, United Kingdom) More...

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Diamond Head Streaming New Album

While the album doesn't drop in North America until June 3rd, Diamond Head's new self-titled release drops tomorrow (April 22nd) in Europe. In advance of tha trelease date, today you can hear the album online in full.

Recorded at Vigo Studios in Birmingham, the album is the first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen and ends an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group. The track listing is:

1. Bones
2. Shout At The Devil
3. Set My soul On fire
4. See you Rise
5. All The Reasons You Live
6. Wizards Sleeve
7. Our Time Is Now
8. Speed
9. Blood On My Hands
10. Diamonds
11. Silence More...

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Diamond Head Announces New Album

Heavy metal band Diamond Head today confirms June 3rd as the North American release date for a new, self-titled album. Recorded at Vigo Studios in Birmingham, the album is the first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen and ends an eight-year silence for the NWoBHm outfit. Direct pre-orders for the album will launch shortly.

Prior to 2014, the thought of a new album was bleak. Guitarist and band founder Brian Tatler reveals: “I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the 2014 European tour that suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes.”

Recording of the album commenced last July with the band and engineer Adam Beddow at the helm. Tatler notes, “I gave Rasmus some music to listen to last January. He selected songs or riffs that he wanted to work on and we began rehearsing. We whittled things down to fourteen songs by April.”

Eleven songs were selected in the end for the album; all mixed by Dave Nicholls and mastered by John Davis at London’s Metropolis. The album’s lyrical focus details political and environmental themes. Its opening and closing songs specifically draw attention to the world’s self-destructive path. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day Three: "Its METAL Mon!"

Port day on the 2016 edition of the World’s Largest Metal Cruise! We made it into Falmouth, Jamaica at some time in the wee hours of the morning. This part of the cruise is a necessary element for a journalist, especially one trying to see as many shows as possible before collapsing from exhaustion. Since the day is usually enjoyed by fan and musician alike on shore and about the country, it means rest and relaxation for me until about 4pm – a time to recharge both the physical and mental batteries for the second half of the mayhem.

In similar fashion to last year, I skipped the part about getting off the boat. Unless there is a Mayan ruin like in Mexico a few years back, my interest in beach activities and touristy shops pales in comparison to resting and taking a few walks around the ship. This year I freed my shoulders from cameras and relaxed with breakfast before heading back to the room to do a little photo processing. The first show I would attend today would be Stratovarius’ second set on the pool deck. More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Denim And Leather: Celebrating 35 Years Of NWOBHM

This month marks thirty five years since one of the most important terms in heavy metal history was coined. After a show featuring Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Sounds writer Geoff "Deaf" Barton wrote a review of the concert in which a phrase was used that still stands strong today. It was the time when head banging public was introduced to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The term was arguably created to cause a stir amongst fans who would argue that heavy metal bands in Britain was nothing new and that the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest had been packing out large venues and appearing on such television shows as Top of the Pops for the last few years, despite the dominance of punk rock. However, these bands were different. They possessed the energy of punk but had the look and volume of the early metal bands before them. They took heavy metal away from the grandiose indulgence which some bands had become embroiled in and brought it back to the common man.

It was truly an exciting movement, full of high quality bands which would go on to influence hundreds more and in some cases, become superstars themselves. More or less every metal fan will be able to tell you that Iron Maiden was one such NWOBHM band, with a slightly smaller number being able to point to Def Leppard as another group from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal who went on to stardom after the release of their excellent self-titled EP and debut album, "On Through the Night," following which they shifted direction to the band we know today. More...

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Diamond Head Announces U.S. Shows

NWOBHM act Diamond Head is heading back to the U.S. this Fall, and bringing along fellow Raven. Brian Tatler, guitarist for Diamond Head, comments on the upcoming tour:

"Diamond Head is excited to be returning to the United States for a full West coast tour staring in Vancouver and finishing up in Texas. Special guests for all the dates will be NWOBHM legends Raven. We will of course play the classics but it will be a different show from the successful East coast tour we did earlier this year"."

10/8 – Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater
10/9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/12 – Reno, NV @ JubJub’s
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/19 – Corona, CA @ M15 Concert Club
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
10/22 – Northglenn, CO @ Cheers
10/23 – Kansas City, KS @ Riot Room
10/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room

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Raven Announces More Tour Dates

New wave of British heavy metal act Raven is embarking on a U.S. and Canadian tour in support of the documentary DVD entitled "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey," which documents the band's almost 40 year career. The DVD was released July 16th via Steamhammer/SPV in North America.

In addition to previously announced dates, Raven has confirmed a co-headlining run with Diamond Head. These special shows kick off October 16th in Vancouver, BC and are scheduled to run through October 25th in Dallas, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Joining the tour will be special guests and long time friends Mpire of Evil, which features ex-Venom members Tony Dolan (Demolition Man) and Jeff Dunn (Mantas) together with drummer JXN Jackson. The first leg will start in Lake Worth, FL on September 11th and end in Columbus, OH on October 2nd. More...

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Diamond Head To Be Joined On Tour By Raven

New Wave of British Heavy Metal champions Diamond Head has announced that they will be joined on their upcoming tour of North America by fellow NWOBHM veterans, Raven. Diamond Head will return to the United States in October to perform on the West Coast and the south, which they have been unable to reach on this leg. It is unknown whether Raven will serve as the main support on the second leg. The band has also added several new stops to their scheduled tour of the United States and Canada, and their itinerary is now as follows:

April 10 - White Marsh, MD - House of Rock
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - New Castle , PA - Chance Nite Club
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 23 - Columbus , OH - The Shrunken Head
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - North Hampton , PA - The Gin Mill and Grille

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Diamond Head Announces North American Tour Dates

New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Diamond Head has announced a string of shows in the United States and Canada, which will take place this April. This will be the first of two North America tours, with the second leg planned to take place this October. The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse Cantina and Music Hall
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - Allentown, PA - Jimmy’s Place

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Former Diamond Head Drummer Passes Away

Although no details have been revealed as of yet, a post from the official Diamond Head Facebook page has announced that the band's former drummer Robbie France, passed away on Saturday the 14th of January. France was the drummer in the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group from 1983 to 1985, joining the band shortly after the release of the "Canterbury" album and staying with them until their first break up two years later. France also spent time with British hard rock legends UFO and Wishbone Ash, as well as alternative rock outfit, Skunk Anansie. More details will be revealed as they become available.

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Girlschool Drops Off Diamond Head Tour

Although the two bands had scheduled a few dates in North America together, with more expected to be announced, all female heavy metal legends Girlschool have announced that they have been forced to pull out of their proposed tour supporting fellow New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites, Diamond Head. A statement from the group's management reads as follows:

"The main reason for that is the fact that the main sponsor wanted to wait for the album to be released in the US before the band went over to tour.

"This was for the company extremely important and also for us the only possible way to bring the band to the US and join Diamond head on their tour.

"For that reason, the financial situation has become absolutely impossible to work with forcing us to cancel the entire tour. As soon as we have a definite release date for Hit And Run revisited in the US we will be back!"

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
BILLY TALENT
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
MACHINE HEAD
UNEARTH
SUICIDE SILENCE
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
RED FANG
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
BLACKGUARD
CRYPTOPSY
DEAD & DIVINE
NECRONOMICON
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
GRIMSKUNK

Sunday, July 24:
KISS
MOTÖRHEAD
MORBID ANGEL
ANNIHILATOR
OPETH
ANTHRAX
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
THE SWORD
TIMES OF GRACE
DEVILDRIVER
DIAMOND HEAD
GIRLSCHOOL
ENDAST
GORGUTS
LAZURUS A.D.
LES GUENILLES
THE CATALYST
ANONYMUS

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere UK

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced eight more bands for this year's event. Amongst the new confirmations are rap legends House Of Pain, Swedish metal outfit Arch Enemy and Fozzy, the band fronted by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and featuring members of Stuck Mojo. Also newly confirmed for the bill are Youmeatsix, Sum 41, All Time Low, Periphery and Grinspoon. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 8th-10th and features the following lineup:

Metallica
Slipknot
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Airbourne
All Time Low
Arch Enemy
Architects
Fozzy
Gallows
Gojira
Grinspoon
House Of Pain
In Flames
Inme
Kids In Glass Houses
Limp Bizkit
Mastodon
Motorhead
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive
Periphery
Protest The Hero
Sum 41
Sisters Of Mercy
Volbeat
Weezer
Youmeatsix

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere Festival have confirmed a further nine bands for the event, which include Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Volbeat, Protest The Hero, Kids In Glass Houses, Gallows, One Minute Silence, Inme, and The Sisters Of Mercy. The event will be held at Knebworth from July 8th - 10th and will feature the following lineup:

Metallica
Megadeth
Anthrax
Slayer
Slipknot
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Weezer
Airbourne
Limp Bizkit
Motorhead
Mastodon
Inme
The Sisters Of Mercy
Gallows
In Flames
Gojira
Volbeat
Architects
Kids In Glass Houses
Protest The Hero
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive

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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have confirmed a number of new additions to the event. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head have been confirmed for the Friday date, which will also feature the "Big Four" of thrash metal. In addition to this, Weezer, Architects and Aussie rockers, Airbourne have also been confirmed. Speaking on the confirmation, Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler stated:

"Diamond Head have been given the fantastic opportunity of opening for the BIG 4 at this years Sonisphere festival, Knebworth Friday 8th July. This will be Diamond Head’s biggest ever show and myself and the other band members are very excited and looking forward to what will be an historic event. Knebworth is one of those venues you only dream of playing. I saw Led Zeppelin there in 1979 and never imagined that one day I would be on that stage, it proves the saying ‘anything is possible’! It also means I get to see my friends in Metallica and Megadeth once again which is always fun; I owe both Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine a beer."

The event will take place from July 8th - 10th at Knebworth and features the following confirmed bands:

Metallica
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Diamond Head
Motorhead
Slipknot
Weezer
Biffy Clyro
Mastodon
In Flames
Airbourne
Parkway Drive
Architects

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Diamond Head To Perform Classic Album In Full

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal champions Diamond Head has announced that they will be performing their classic album, "Lightning To The Nations" from start to finish on their upcoming tour dates in celebration of the record's thirtieth anniversary.

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Big Four Cover Diamond Head Together In Bulgaria

Members of thrash metal's four biggest bands, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, joined forces tonight in Sofia, Bulgaria, to perform a cover of the classic Diamond Head song, "Am I Evil?" You can check out fan filmed footage of the performance below. The four bands are currently touring together for the first time in their lengthy careers as part of the Sonisphere Festival circuit in Europe. More...

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Diamond Head To Release BBC Sessions Album

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head has announced that they will be releasing a double CD of BBC recordings that combines the band’s In Session and In Concert recordings on one CD for the first time. The set culminates in the Milton Keynes Bowl show, the night they opened for Metallica in 1993 and includes their Reading Festival set from 1982, described by the band as "the peak of their career… as good as it got." The two disc anthology will be released on August 2nd through Universal. More...

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