Diamond Head To Release “Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021]” In September

Diamond Head will be releasing an updated version of “Lightning To The Nations” on September 30. The effort, which has been retitled “Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021],” can be pre-ordered HERE.

The band shared the following information regarding the release:

“Featuring the original “Lightning To The Nations” album from the ¼ inch master tapes which [Metallica’s] Lars Ulrich helped Brian [Tatler] retrieve back in 1990, plus alternative mixes of “Lightning To The Nations”, “The Prince”, “Sucking My Love”, “Am I Evil?” & “Sweet And Innocent” never publicly released before! A 24-hour exclusive pre-sale is available now via our D2C store HERE.

General pre-orders available on Friday, August 12 via the same link.

Available as:

•Deluxe 180 gms gatefold triple-vinyl edition – containing the original album remastered, the lost mixes & 7 bonus tracks
•180 grams gatefold vinyl edition – containing the original album remastered
•Double CD – containing the original album remastered, the lost mixes & 7 bonus tracks
•Download & Streaming
•Special D2C bundles”

Brian Tatler also added:

“In 1990, as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the NWOBHM, Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton compiled the double album ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal ’79 Revisited’ which came out on Phonogram Records. It was Lars who made it his business to track down wherever possible the original master tapes because all he had were the old, often scratched singles. He told me that he would often call up members of the bands they wanted to feature on the album and the confused guy on the other end of the phone would assume it was wind-up. ‘Who? Lars Ulrich? From METALLICA? Fuck off!’ When Lars called me, I explained that the original quarter-inch masters for ‘Lightning To The Nations’ hadn’t been seen since they were sent by our old manager to a guy called Horgi at Woolfe Records years back. Apparently Horgi didn’t return the tapes, so Lars dispatched someone from METALLICA’s German label to pay the guy a visit… The tapes were duly returned and after Phonogram had finished with them, Lars made sure they came home to me. I still have them stored safely.”

Diamond Head Premiere Animated Video For Cover Of Metallica’s “No Remorse”

Diamond Head have premiered an animated video for their cover of Metallica’s “No Remorse.” This track is included on the band’s new re-recorded version of “Lightning To The Nations,” which was released today (November 20).

Brian Tatler commented:

“I wanted to cover a song from Metallica’s debut album, ‘Kill ‘Em All’. Partly because Metallica covered songs from Diamond Head’s debut album ‘Lightning To The Nations’ and it felt like things have come full-circle to me. None of the band members knew how to play any of the songs from ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and I eventually decided we should all learn ‘No Remorse’. Then when we got into the rehearsal room, we played ‘No Remorse’ and immediately it just sounded great, it was very ‘Diamond Head’ and it really suited us as a band. Of the four covers we ended up doing, ‘No Remorse’ sounded the best straight away. I’ve seen Metallica live over twenty times and they don’t play ‘No Remorse’ very often, but it’s always great when they do!”

Rasmus Bom Andersen added:

“Of all the four covers, we almost didn’t have to work on ‘No Remorse’. We all had to learn the parts, and it’s very difficult to play, but in rehearsal it did sound fantastic and we thought: ‘yeah, yeah, it’s gonna be mega’. It was almost surreal when we did it because it just felt incredibly familiar.”

Diamond Head Release 2020 Version Of “Am I Evil?”

Diamond Head have premiered a new video for the 2020 version of “Am I Evil?” The track is from the new re-recorded version of “Lightning To The Nations,” which will be released on November 20.

Brian Tatler commented:

“‘Am I Evil?’ is one of the songs that Metallica covered. I got a call from Lars Ulrich on September 20th, 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, 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 center vocal mic 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!”

He also added:

“It’s been a really great experience to revisit 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.”

Diamond Head To Release Re-Recorded Version Of “Lightning To The Nations” In November

Diamond Head will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Lightning To The Nations” by releasing a re-recorded version of the album on November 20. This version of the effort will also feature four covers.

“Lightning To The Nations 2020” Track Listing:

01. “Lightning To The Nations”
02. “The Prince”
03. “Sucking My Love”
04. “Am I Evil?”
05. “Sweet And Innocent”
06. “It’s Electric”
07. “Helpless”
08. “No Remorse” (Metallica cover)
09. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
10. “Sinner” (Judas Priest cover)
11. “Rat Bat Blue” (Deep Purple cover)

Brian Tatler commented:

“We thought it’d be great to re-record the debut album with this lineup and the modern technology available. The original album was recorded and mixed in a week, and we were very young; still 19-20 years old when it was recorded, so there’s a lot of that youthful energy. But we didn’t have the technique, time, or craftsmanship to record it with the sort of power that we could now. So that was a real thing to savor: the opportunity to go in the studio and record these songs fresh and vibrant.”

“‘Lightning To The Nations 2020’ is packed with ideas and riffs, but there is some thought gone into it all, and maybe that’s why it still sounds really good now and we’re still having conversations about it.”

A video for the first single, an updated version of “It’s Electric,” can be found below. Tatler added the following about that track:

“It was written on the 15th of June 1978; it was the forty-fifth song Diamond Head ever wrote. It was kind of our version of an AC/DC song. I had noticed that AC/DC had gaps in their riffs so I thought I would do one in that vein and out came ‘It’s Electric’. It was fast and exciting and soon found its way into our live set. We had the pleasure of opening for AC/DC in January 1980 and performed ‘It’s Electric’ in the set. I looked over to my left and noticed we were being watched by Bon Scott!”

“Metallica covered this song on their 1998 album ‘Garage, Inc.’ Sean and I wrote ‘It’s Electric’ in the key of G but Metallica transposed it to F# to make it easier to play. I have played it their way ever since.”

Graphic Novel Inspired By Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” In The Works

Jack Mangan is working on a new graphic novel inspired by Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?.” You can contribute to the project HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Whether it’s Metallica’s iconic cover, or Diamond Head’s groundbreaking original, “Am I Evil?” is the perfect Heavy Metal song, a thrilling 8-minute journey into a world of violence, bloodshed, dark magic, beauty, and vengeance.

“Am I Evil? The Graphic Novel” takes us deep into the story of the song, from the fiery execution of the young anti-hero’s mother, on through his madness, his assassin’s training under The Prince, his connection to the mysterious “sweet and timely whore,” and ultimately, his bloody quest for vengeance.

Join us in visualizing this storytelling journey that began 40 years ago in Stourbridge, England, then leapt from Lars Ulrich’s garage to the largest stages in the world.

How does our anti-hero carry out his revenge? Who are the twenty-seven who killed his mother? Was she really a witch? Find the meaning of the “bodies on the ice” and the “sweet and timely whore” in the pages of the “Am I Evil?” Graphic Novel.”

Diamond Head Premiere “The Sleeper” Lyric Video

Diamond Head have premiered a lyric video for their song “The Sleeper.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Coffin Train.”

Vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen commented:

“It’s such a big-sounding track that it almost takes you on a cinematic journey. ‘The Sleeper’ is a follow-up to ‘Silence’ off the last record. We had fans who loved the orchestral elements and I wanted to give them some more. It was inspired by a favorite sci-fi movie from my childhood.”

Guitarist Brian Tatler added:

“Starting life in 2016 with the main riff, I decided to demo it and see if I could make it into a song. With a bit of work this grew into a powerful monster with Ras’s lyrics inspired by the 1984 film ‘Dune’. It’s very moody and dynamic with brilliant orchestration.”

Diamond Head Premiere “The Coffin Train” Music Video

Diamond Head have premiered a new video for their new song “The Coffin Train.” This is the title track of the band’s new album, which will be released on May 24.

Guitarist Brian Tatler said the following:

“I am very proud of this song and it’s my favorite from the new album. It is one of the best songs I have ever co-written and cannot wait for people to hear it. I love dynamics and mood changes in songs and this has it all for me. From the clean, tension-building verse, stepping up for the bridge then dropping into a massive heavy chorus. At just over six minutes, it’s an aural feast.”

Singer Rasmus Bom Andersen also commented:

“Easily the best song on this record. We put so much effort into making this a true Diamond Head song from start to finish, and we hope our fans feel the same.”

Drummer Karl Wilcox added:

“Pure class, slows the pace down. Fans and newbies will appreciate the choice of Brian’s guitar work. Guitars, groove, harmonies and hooks abound, as this track rumbles along until it reaches its thundering finale. Take a seat…”

Diamond Head Premiere “Death By Design” Music Video

Diamond Head have premiered a new video for their new song “Death By Design.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Coffin Train,” which will be released on May 24.

Brian Tatler commented:

“Death By Design’ is the second song from the new Diamond Head album, ‘The Coffin Train’, to be released. This song began life in my home studio in 2015. I had the opening top E string riff and tried to build a song around it. I gave a demo to Ras and he added a new verse riff. We worked on the arrangement and made another demo early 2017 before trying it out in rehearsal. It has a four-bar guitar solo that was recorded in a hotel room on Ras’s laptop while on tour, another first for Diamond Head!”

Rasmus Bom Andersen added:

“Contrary to the title, ‘Death By Design’ is not a song about death but about life. It’s about choosing life, your path and on your terms. It’s saying ‘no’ to rotting in the giant hamster wheel and drowning in pre-conceived notions of ‘the good life’ checklists, so that when you’re done and heading down into the fire, you can wear that big smile saying you did it your way and had one hell of a ride.”

“We’ve shot the most videos the band has ever shot for an album launch. The music video for ‘Death By Design’ was a tough one to shoot right. We don’t exactly have Hollywood budgets for the production, but our director on this song, Russell Cherington, has been a massive support in shooting a rather fantastic video. We wanted to create something that resembled a descent into hell and follow the concept from the lyrics. We hope everyone will enjoy the second single and video and that it might inspire them to live life on their terms.”

Diamond Head Premiere “Belly Of The Beast” Music Video

Diamond Head have premiered a new video for their new song “Belly Of The Beast.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Coffin Train,” which will be released on May 24.

Guitarist Brian Tatler told Classic Rock the following:

“This is classic Diamond Head, bringing to mind songs like ‘Helpless’ and ‘The Prince’. It’s a very exciting song to play and really pumps up your adrenaline. It’s in your face the whole way though.”

Singer Rasmus Bom Andersen added:

“It’s a song about personal demons. Everyone carries at least one through their life. Don’t be hasty to judge people, for we all have a battle inside.”

Diamond Head To Release New Album “The Coffin Train” In May

Diamond Head have signed a new worldwide deal with Silver Lining Music. The band plan to release their new album “The Coffin Train” through the label on May 24.

The group commented:

“We’re delighted to be bringing the Diamond Head lightning to our new family at Silver Lining Music and honored to be standing alongside a stable of established international talent, which includes such legends as Saxon, Europe and Motörhead. This is the start of an exciting journey and we can’t wait to share it with you all.”

Silver Lining Music added:

“We are beyond psyched to announce that we have struck legendary heavy metal gold by signing Diamond Head to the Silver Lining Music roster. The blend of Brian Tatler’s legendary chops with the exciting new visions of Rasmus Bom Andersen are electric indeed, and we look forward to the world discovering that for themselves with Diamond Head’s forthcoming new album, ‘The Coffin Train’, out on May 24th, 2019. We are proud to offer you the chance to catch a ride on this train, so be sure to buy a ticket and get on board fast!”