Biography Brian and Duncan first started writing music together in early 1976 with Brian on cheap fuzz guitar and Duncan on Biscuit tins. Brian had a poster of an album by Phil Manzanera called Diamond Head that was released in 1975 and he thought “that would be a good name for the band”, but they needed a singer and auditioned several school chums until someone mentioned they had heard Sean Harris singing Be Bop a Lu La on a coach and so Brian asked Sean to try out and after one song he was asked to join. Colin Kimberley, an friend of Brian’s from junior school completed the line up.
The first demo tape was cut in 1979 in a studio in Kidderminster. This was used to get gigs, and a copy was sent to Geoff Barton at Sounds, who was suitably impressed and put them on his play list, and arranged an interview. Continual gigging paid off when they were offered two prestigious opening slots for AC/DC (Bon Scott’s last ever gigs) and Iron Maiden. At the beginning of 1980, the band formed ‘Diamond Head Music’ as a means to putting out their own self financed material. Their first single was ‘Shoot Out The Lights’ backed with ‘Helpless’ on Happy Face Music.
In Mach 1980 Diamond Head entered the Old Smithy studio, Worcester to record their debut album ‘Lightning To The Nations’. A record deal failed to materialise and 1000 blank white label copies were pressed up to sell at gigs and mail order through Sounds music paper for £3.50 A further pressing of 1000 were made, which had the track listing on it. This contained 7 classic tracks including ‘Am I Evil?’, ‘The Prince’, ‘Helpless’, and ‘It’s Electric’. The next single was ‘Sweet and Innocent’ from the White Album, backed with a new track, ‘Streets of Gold’. Two new tracks arrived in 1981 on DHM Records – the double A-side of ‘Waited Too Long’ and ‘Plat It Loud’. The Diamond Lights 12″ EP followed soon after giving us ‘It’s Electric’ and three new tracks, ‘We Won’t Be Back’, ‘Diamond Lights’ and ‘I Don’t Got’.
Diamond Head were courted by A&R man Charlie Ayers who signed the band to MCA Records in 1982. Their first release being the ‘Four Cuts’ EP containing ‘Call Me’, ‘Trick or Treat’, ‘Dead Reckoning’ and a new version of ‘Shoot Out The Lights’. A second single; ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ was released prior to the ‘Borrowed Time’ album. A double single of this contained live versions of ‘Play It Loud’ and ‘Sweet and Innocent’ recorded at the Zig-Zag Club, together with a 14 minute interview with Tommy Vance recorded in June ’82. Diamond Head played a magnificent set at the Reading Festival playing new tracks and old. The live version of ‘Sucking My Love’ would later be released as a 12″ with ‘Out Of Phase’, and the whole set 10 years later as part of the BBC sessions series. Living On….Borrowed Time’ was released in late September 1982, in a lavish gatefold sleeve with stunning artwork courtesy of Rodney Matthews and entered the UK charts at number 24. A 12 date UK tour followed in October and November to promote their new album taking in Birmingham Odeon, Manchester Apollo and London’s Hammersmith Odeon. 1983 saw the release of the ‘Makin’ Music’ single as a precursor to the album that was also intended to be called ‘Makin’ Music’ but was changed to ‘Canterbury’. During the recording both Dunc and Colin left the band. The first 20,000 copies of the album had pressing faults causing pressing faults. This consequently affected sales, with it eventually charting at number 32 and selling less than the previous album.
Diamond Head opened the Donington Monsters Of Rock Festival in the summer of 1983 with new drummer Robbie France and bass player Merv Goldsworthy. The band completed a European tour with Black Sabbath in September and an Odeon sized UK tour in October of that year to promote ‘Canterbury’. MCA records suggested a change of management which was resisted and the label let Diamond Head go in January 1984. Work began on a self financed album but when their manager failed to get a deal at Midem music business convention, the lack of funds lead to the band falling apart. In 1990 Pete Winkleman (who had been working with Sean on the Notorious project) called Brian to ask if he was interested in writing a new Diamond Head album with Sean. They quickly started writing new material and pulled in two new members; Karl Wilcox on drums and Eddie Moohan on bass to tour and record. A protracted series of recording sessions followed during which Pete Vuckovic replaced Eddie Moohan on bass. The album ‘Death & Progress’ features two celebrity guests in the guise of Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine who played on, and mixed the track ”Truckin’. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi also guests on ‘Starcrossed’, adding a very distinctive solo. Prior to its release, the band opened a show at Milton Keynes Bowl featuring Megadeth and Metallica on 5th June 1993. The album sold more than 50,000 copies to their ever loyal fan base. This show was later released as ‘Evil Live’ in 1994 along with extra tracks from the ‘Death and Progress’ sessions. This was to be Diamond Head’s last show for 7 years. In late 2000, Brian and Sean started working on an acoustic project, reworking some of their back catalogue in an acoustic style with new recruit Floyd Brennan. The trio performed some low key gigs before recording a four track EP and performing at the Rock Shield Festival in Burton On Trent. The acoustic shows had revitalised interest in Diamond Head, and new songs had already started to be written. Early in 2002, an offer to headline the New Jersey Metal Meltdown IV Festival as an electric band was too good a chance to miss. This signified the return of Eddie Moohan and Karl Wilcox. A couple of weeks rehearsal and a short 4 date UK tour warmed the band up for their first trip to American soil. Their headline performance proved a massive success with many US fans getting their first chance to see the band live. More new material was written and fans got to hear new tracks such as ‘Shine On’ and ‘Forever 16’ on another UK club tour in September 2002, and a notable slot at the Derby Bloodstock Festival. At the end of 2002 and the early part of 2003, Diamond Head ventured into the studio to record a new album with Andrew Scarth. Although Sean’s reluctance to release it under the name of Diamond Head meant that it never saw the light of day.
In 2004 Diamond Head chose a new singer in Nick Tart and the release of a new album titled ‘All Will Be Revealed’. The end of the year saw them perform their first gig with Nick in front of an invitation only crowd at JBs in Dudley. Harking back to the early days and the ‘do it yourself’ attitude, 1000 self financed copies of their new album were pressed. These quickly sold out at gigs and via their website. In February 2005, Diamond Head embarked on a massive European tour supporting Megadeth which turned out to be a massive success for the band, impressing long standing fans and picking up younger ones along the way.
In 2005 Diamond Head signed a licencing deal with Cargo Records giving the album a full commercial release allowing a much greater audience. The year culminated with another short tour and Diamond Head headlining a 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHM at London Astoria in November. The Astoria show was professionally recorded which resulted in a live album, ‘It’s Electric’ and Diamond Head’s first ever official DVD. On 30th July 2007 Diamond Head released ‘What’s In Your Head?’ on Livewire/Cargo and the band toured the UK and Europe including KIT Festival, Germany, Diamond Head’s first headlining tour of Ireland and Hard Rock Hell. In December 2007, Diamond Head toured the UK as special guests to Thin Lizzy on their 30th anniversary tour of Live & Dangerous. 2008 saw Diamond Head’s first trip to Japan to play at the prestigious Shibuya O-East and a UK club tour. In August 2009, Universal records released a triple Diamond Head CD. Titled ‘The MCA years’, it contains re-mastered versions of Borrowed Time, Canterbury and Live at the Reading Festival. The release also includes some bonus material and demos, some of which have previously been unavailable. This is the first release of Borrowed Time and Canterbury on CD in the UK. The Reading set was previously released on Raw Fruit in 1992, but has long since been deleted and is a much sought after item by Diamond Head fans. In 2010 Diamond Head tour the UK as the special guests to Europe on all dates in February. Also at this time, Brian Tatler’s much anticipated autobiography; ‘Am I Evil?’ was published as an exclusive hardback first edition print, available only at shows and through their website, the book received rave reviews and sold out quickly. It contains many unseen photos and has forewords by both Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine. In 2011 Diamond Head were invited to open for the Big Four playing at both the UK and French Sonisphere festivals plus Heavy MTL and Heavy TO in Canada. For the first time in their career, Diamond Head undertook a 17 date headlining tour of USA.
In 2013 Diamond Head undertook two tours of the US starting with a 15 date East Coast tour in the Spring and later in the year a 14 date West Coast tour, plus a UK double bill tour with Uli Jon Roth. Back in 2008 singer Nick Tart and his family emigrated to Brisbane, Australia. It became increasingly expensive and complicated to fly Nick back and forth for tours, and writing or rehearsing new material became almost impossible. During a band meeting at the beginning of 2014 it was decided that the only way forward was to look for a singer based in the UK. Through a friend of Eddie Moohan’s we found Rasmus Bom Andersen, a Danish born singer living in London. Rasmus was invited to join Diamond Head on tour taking in Headbangers Open Air and Hard Rock Hell amongst other European dates.
Whilst on tour the subject of writing new material came up and Brian gave Rasmus 45 pieces of music he had been preparing since 2007 on two cds. The band started writing together in January 2015 and on July 5th entered Vigo Studio, Walsall to begin recording their 7th album, Diamond Head. The new album entitled Diamond Head was released on Dissonance Productions 22nd April 2016. It has been incredibly well received by the press who universally hail it as a return to form. It is the first Diamond Head album to be released on vinyl for over twenty years. ... See MoreSee Less
No Metal Magic Festival without some late-night-tribute-madness and this year is no exception! This time you will sing along to the classic songs of Alice Cooper, performed by the Copenhagen band 'SCHOOL'S OUT - THE ALICE COOPER SHOW
Our friends at Nordic Noise Rock Festival in Copenhagen has an interesting lineup this year. If you live in that area and like your rock hard, then don't miss the chance to see some great bands like Denner/Shermann, Artillery, Bullet, Tygers of Pan Tang and the Fredericia based rock trio Black Income.
For this occasion a split-flyer is now loose in the streets of Copenhagen, you know what to do!
Så er der landet et nyt bundt flyers! Vi har lavet et samarbejde med vores venner hos Metal Magic Festival fra Fredericia, så derfor er der Nordic Noise på den ene side og Metal Magic på den anden side. Metal Magic har et heftigt program i år, bl.a med Nifelheim, Absu, Tribulation (Official), CHILDRENN, Witch Cross, etc. Tjek eventen her: www.facebook.com/events/212941289148984/ - det er d. 6.-8. juli!
Join the Bus of Madness from Copenhagen Airport to MMF 2017!
Cheaper, easier and way more fun than taking the train!
Metal Magic festival ticket + bus ticket for the price of DKK 999 / EURO 134
Buy it here:
Departure Copenhagen Airport Thursday July 6th @ 11.00 am
Arrival Festival ground Fredericia @ 14.00 pm
Departure Festival ground Fredericia Sunday July 9th @ 11.00 am
Arrival Copenhagen Airport @ 14.00 pm
Arrivals are APROX. times, so be sure to have spare time regarding flights, etc.
The bus leaves from the parking lot outside Terminal 3 at Copenhagen Airport. It is very easy to find,
just look for metal-heads with lots of bags and drinking beer. We will also have people with METAL MAGIC signs.
Based in Denmark Vomit Angel is a two piece made up of Necrodevil on guitars and vocals with Lord Titan performing drums and backing vocals. Both members have been heavily involved in the underground since the 1990’s. Necrodevil and Lord Titan were the founding members of Sadogoat, which changed its name to Sadomator in 2005. Sadogoat was well ahead of the posse when it came to the resurgence in bestial metal and since formation they have released numerous demos, splits and albums under both names
Despite their European roots Vomit Angel’s music has a primitive feel to it that’s similar to early black/death metal from South America. Granted, the music has slightly less of a bestial approach than that of Sadomator but it’s still a filthy enough listen to satisfy fans of the band. Expect full on, high tempo primeval assault laced with filth, depravity and unpleasantness and the pace is fairly relentless with no let-up – with a track entitled ‘Blasting Black Goat Attack’ you should have a fair idea of what to expect. ... See MoreSee Less
ORM (eng: serpent) is a long, cold and boneless beast that slithers in the abyss. Both hypnotizingly majestic in its calmness and unpredictable like a storm. It lies dormant for long stretches of time only to suddenly strike without warning or remorse. The serpent appears to be consumed by disgust and darkness, but not seldomly does it moult and moves into the light where it appears almost exalted and beautiful. But there is nothing good, reconciling og merciful about this beast. The serpent is unleashed and it is spreading its venom.
ORM and the whole of its being is situated in a mythical cosmos of ancient times, where magic, gods and supernatural creatures inhabited the world as naturally as humans, animals, water and forests. A time where the otherworldly and worldly existed as two mutually dependent dimensions in one cohesive universe. A time where man was forced to face both a natural and a metaphysical superior force - either with submission or confrontation, but often with no prospect of surviving the struggle.
This world seems to have vanished many moons ago. Since then, the gods have become one, technology and the individual has prevailed and the once commanding nature and its strange creatures seem to have sunken into a now barren earth. This is only apparently though, an illusion of the self caused by the power and ego of modern man. Beneath the surface, the gods, the beasts and nature are awaiting the moment to arise and once again roam this world and rule mankind. An omen of the forthcoming resurrection is the serpent, this worm, that from time to time appears from the abyss to let the waters and the earth tremble by its sheer power. Soon the serpent will reveal itself fully, spread its venom and thus challenge the proud human kind to battle in order to restore balance in a ruthless cosmos once again.
The power of the serpent reveals itself through the sonical expression of ORM - a sound which consists equally of the grand and the direct, of the simple and the complex. The music incorporates epic melodic black metal and its nordic melancholy with a rocking, swinging feel, which through its intense power lends physicality and human shape to the metaphysical subject matter. The intense presence of the music leads the listener into a parallel universe and an eternal age where heaven and earth are inextricably interwoven, where man is wary of the serpent, the gods, the elements and remembers that every part of the universe is connected and each plays a certain role in the eternal cycle that is birth, life and death. ... See MoreSee Less
"Dark Rock"... Where elements from the 70’s and 80’s hard rock and occult/shock rock is weaved together to a personal sound and style. Romantic and melancholic melodies get a grotesque edge from the scary and obscure face of rock music. Silhouette's debut ”Die the Fire” which was released on November 13th, contains of six tracks that unfolds in a dynamic explosion of psychedelic details, long freaky pieces and a great interaction between lapsteel guitar and true hammond rock organ. ”Die the Fire” was recorded during winter 2013 in a rented summer cottage surrounded by cold, barren dunes close to the North Sea. During the recording there was also DIY ongoing, which was everything from technics and production to practical things as dragging gear and setting everything up. The recording was performed partially separately but all drum and bass is recorded together like the track “The Great Orange Sky” which was recorded live with the full band. The release was intended to be an EP with a bit more “stuffing” than normal EP’s. The choice of songs on the record was made based on the opportunity to present the listener with a wide range of silhouettes, different musical themes and shades.
Lyrically it stretches widely but the general atmosphere is carried by melancholic and bleak themes. Silhoutte grapples with chaotic forces and actions in life and tries to express this through lyrics. Realisation of and uncertainty in relation to life and death, magic and general supernatural and astrological phenomenon’s are all topics that underpin the band’s music.
On stage, Silhouettes universe is presented effectively and atmospherically. The dark and occult themes are effectively in play together with the bands hard, atmospherically full and melodious progressive sound. The band’s first live appearance was when they opened Metal Magic Festival, Fredericia, in the summer of 2014. Besides this the band has performed in Poland last summer and have also performed at the Mono Goes Metal festival in January 2015 together as well as the culture night in Kolding last august. Silhouette, made up by Tobie (lead vocal, bass) Tommie (drummer, vocal) Stefan (guitar, lapsteel, vocal) and Eric (organ/keys, guitar, vocal), started back in 2012 when Tobie and Tommie got together and started writing songs. It is a band with a common background in Fredericia and Kolding, they are all friends who are gathered around a journey of the soul and an idea of how rock music should sound and be interpreted. ... See MoreSee Less
While the band CHILDRENN is fresh on the scene, each of its members have a wealth of experience from other high-profile Danish acts. Collectively, these acts include Psyched Up Janis, The Raveonettes, The Good The Bad, SPEkTR, Sort Sol, Mechanical Bird, Kloster, Hymns From Nineveh and Powersolo. If you're familiar with Danish rock, you know the CHILDRENN line-up is like a dream come true. The strength of their initial live shows and of their debut album "Animale", has only confirmed that they will meet all expectations! The songs range from the krautrock/noise inspired seven-minute title track, to the hard-hitting heaviness of "Handcuffed". "Dancing on Ashes" moves the listener with its stripped-down, waltz-like drone, while "It's Time To Leave" is a beautifully tragic and gentle slice of modern-psych. Written in 2015 by Brixen and Ramdas, the debut album was recorded in Copenhagen and mixed by the legendary RANDALL DUNN (Sunn O))), Black Mountain, Earth) at Avast! Recording Company in Seattle. ... See MoreSee Less
Dear friends and faithful supporters of Metal Magic.
After a little involuntary break from social media, we are finally back with some bad and some good news about this year's Metal Magic Festival.
First the bad news... In short, back in mid December we had a group of residents in Taulov, who started a petition against having a metal-festival in their area. After a serious attempt at dialogue, we found out that these people would not back down and would even go to court to stop us.
But now the good news! In consultation with the the municipality of Fredericia (who by the way has been a great help in this case), we then "found" 'Dronningepladsen' in the Madsby area of Fredericia, which is an even better and much more suitable area for a festival, located only 1.7 km from the train station and 3 km from Fredericia city center. This new location is located just behind the 'Monjasa Park' football stadium and right next to the sports center, which houses facilities like water park and bowling, which will be open during the festival.
So the new address of Metal Magic Festival is now:
Idraetsvej 7000 Fredericia Denmark
(coordinates for Google maps: '55.578958, 9.731756')
We apologize to those guests who have already booked their hotelroom at 'Kryb-i-Ly' in Taulov and refers instead to our new partners for accommodation, 'Danhostel Fredericia' and 'Hotel Fredericia', both located only a stone's throw from the new festival site.
Make your reservations here:
-http://www.hotel-fredericia.dk/ (Best Western) (use reservation code 'METAL MAGIC' for 'Hotel Fredericia', and get 5% off)
VOCALIST STEVE GRIMMETT CONTINUES TO BE HOSPITALIZED IN SOUTH AMERICA Vocalist Steve Grimmett remains in a South American hospital after being refused flight home when the airline disallowed him to board on Saturday evening. Grimmett has been battling a life-threatening condition for a week after...
Old school Death Metal domination straight from Turkey, when ENGULFED will play next years festival. Featuring (-ex)members of Hellsodomy, Burial Invocation and Deggial, ENGULFED are eager and ready to pull your weakling soul into the sulphurous depths of Metal Magic !!!