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DIAMOND HEAD: Announce North American Tour For 2016

Added 02 June 2016, 8:46 AM
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Diamond Head are set to return to North American for their longest tour in their 40-year career.  The headline run will feature songs that span their extensive recording catalog including their self-titled new album out now on Dissodance Productions.

Decibel Magazine calls Diamond Head  "vital and interesting.  All the songs, thanks to (Brian) Tatler's masterclass riffing, are all rock solid from top to bottom.  These guys deserve their legendary status." Brave Words adds, "the real key to Diamond Head 's success and longevity is simple: the songs,:" while Noisey claims simply, "Diamond Head stand the test of time on their new album."

Recorded at Vigo Studios in Birmingham, Diamond Head is the first album toe feature new vocalist Rasmus Born Anderson and ends an eight-year silence for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) legends. Prior to 2014, the thought of a new album was bleak as guitarist and band founder Brian Tatler previously revealed.

“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.

Diamond Head are considered one of NWOBHM’s early members.  Formed in 1976, their songs influenced a slew of early 80?s thrash metal bands, in particular Metallica who recorded the band’s “Am I Evil” as a b-side to their 1984 Creeping Death single and again included on the band?s multi-platinum 1998 covers album Garage Inc.  Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax at the 2011 Sonisphere Festival.  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd saying, “if it wasn’t for Brian Tatler, there’s a pretty good chance none of us would be here tonight”.  Later speaking about the event Tatler said, “if it wasn’t for Metallica, Diamond Head would not have had this second wind”.  Metallica would record three additional Diamond Head songs “Helpless” (Garage Days, 1987), “The Prince” (“Harvester of Sorrow” Single b-side, 1989), “It’s Electric” (Garage Inc., 1998).

US Tour Dates:

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 IL11/27 - Metal Grill, Milwaukee WI

UK & Europe
June 2016:


5th    ALVESTA - Muskelrock på Tyrolen, Sweden
8th    SOLVESBORG - Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
18th    DAUN - Der Detze Rockt, Germany

July 2016:

30th
    BARNET - Barnet Rugby Club, United Kingdom

August 2016:

12th
    BLOODSTOCK, Catton Hall, United Kingdom
18th    BILSTON – The Robin, United Kingdom
27th    LES ESCUELAS Jaén, Andalusia - Skulls of Metal Fest, Spain

September 2016:

1st    SOUTHAMPTON - The Brook
2nd  NUNEATON - Queens Hall
17th    PUCHERSREUTH – Stormcrusher Festival, Germany
22nd    DUBLIN – Fibber McGee’s, Ireland
23rd    BELFAST – Voodoo, United Kingdom
24th    LIMERICK – Dolans, Ireland
29th    NORWICH – The Waterfront, United Kingdom

October 2016:

4th    YORK – Fibbers, United Kingdom
5th    GLASGOW – Academy, United Kingdom
6th    EDINBURGH – La Belle Angèle, United Kingdom
7th    ABERDEEN – Moorings Bar, United Kingdom
8th    SHEFFIELD – Academy, United Kingdom
9th    LONDON – Islington Academy, United Kingdom
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