Influential and iconic heavy metal band, DIAMOND HEAD, have announced their first album of new material in eight years to be released on the newly formed label Dissonance Productions, formed by Plastic Head kingpin Steve Beatty.
In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head Bangers Open Air in Germany.
The spark of creativity led the band to start working on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler, founder of Diamond Head, said: “When we began talking with Ras about making a new record he said we should write the songs as a band just like Diamond Head did at the beginning of our career. There’s no substitute for writing together in the same room, we spark each other off and create something far bigger than we could have done individually.”
Brian continued, “Ras has certainly renewed the energy within the band. I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the European tour that all 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.”
Speaking about the new album, Brian said: “This new album has an echo of the early albums but I always try to push our music forward somewhere new if possible.”
Ras adds, “All in all this album was made with the band’s first fans foremost in mind from start to finish. We wanted to write songs that would have ties to the best parts of the all the previous albums. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do and we hope everyone will hear and feel the Diamond Head spirit through this new eponymous record.”
In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren’t so heavy on the heart.
On signing with Dissonance Brian had this to say:
“Its great to be working with Steve, Tom and their team and being on their new label Dissonance.
They have a great enthusiastic team who are big fans of the band, that and being distributed via Plastic Head we feel part of something that will be really positive for the band. We feel armed and ready”
Dissonance will also release “All Will Be Revealed” from 2005 and 2007’s “What’s in Your Head” on June 20th.
All albums will be released on Ltd Edition Coloured Vinyl via Back On Blacks Rock Classics Label on 20th June.
Diamond Head live:
22/04/16 Swindon – Rolleston Arms & Level 3 Live, United Kingdom
23/04/16 Caerphilly – THE PATRIOT, United Kingdom
30/04/16 Northwich – Memorial Hall, United Kingdom
01/05/16 Telford – The Haygate – Soldiers Off The Street Festival, United Kingdom
07/05/16 San Ġiljan – Coconut Grove, Malta
12/05/16 Ibiza – HRH Road Trip, Spain
05/06/16 Alvesta – Muskelrock på Tyrolen, Sweden
08/06/16 Solvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
18/06/16 Daun – Der Detze Rockt, Germany
30/07/16 Barnet, Herts – Barnet Rugby Club, United Kingdom
27/08/16 Las Escuelas, Jaén, Andalusia – Skulls of Metal Fest, Spain