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.”