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Diamond Head Tops Off A Night At The New Cross Inn

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What can be said about Diamond Head that hasn't already been said? As one of the shining lights of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, they were considered to be right up there with the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard, with several publications referring to them as "the new Led Zeppelin." Their fast paced, exciting sound not only created a loyal fan base in Great Britain, but was to be one of the most important influences on thrash metal. So much so that not only has their classic song, "Am I Evil?" been a regular in Metallica sets, but Metallica would join forced with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax to cover the song during the "Big Four" shows.

Last weekend, the New Cross Inn in South East London put on a weekend of rock and capping off the bill was the aforementioned legends, Diamond Head. While there was some decent acts beforehand, fans had flocked to see the headliners this evening, who prior to the set were happy to take photos and sign various items of memorabilia. When it did come time to take to the stage, they proudly opened with "Shout At The Devil" from the 2016 self-titled album. For those who haven't heard the latest offering, it's vintage Diamond Head and subsequently, other songs such as "Set My Soul On Fire" and the superb, "Bones" fit in perfectly with the old material.

Speaking of which, it's perhaps only when seeing Diamond Head live that one realises how rich their catalogue is. Frontman Rasmus Bom Andersen not only brings a youthful exuberance to the group, but handles the classics perfectly, including the surprise number "Call Me" and fan favourites like "Helpless," "Shoot Out The Lights" and of course, "It's Electric." Original guitarist and driving force Brian Tatler is on fire this evening, precisely hitting every note, though every musician on the stage deserves commendation for a brilliant performance.

"Call Me" wasn't the only surprise of the evening, as the band brought out "Knight Of The Swords" from the controversial "Canterbury" album, while other songs from the "Borrowed Time" record such as "In The Heat Of The Night" and "Dead Reckoning" were brought out, before the band closed off with the obligatory rendition of "Am I Evil?" before adding "The Prince" and "Sucking My Love" to the finale. Those who are curious about checking out Diamond Head and seeing what all the fuss is about would do well to start by seeing them live, while longtime fans will be delighted to hear that the energy and passion of the glory days is still there.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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