An Interview With DIAMOND HEAD’S Brian Tatler

 

Formed in 1976 Diamond Head have been one of the most iconic yet underrated New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands in the history of music. The band has influenced a long list of musicians and bands around the world but some of those topping the list would be Metallica, and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. You may have heard Metallica’s cover of “Am I Evil”, which they have also performed with the Big 4 during their tour. The song was originally written and recorded by Diamond Head in 1980 on the bands album ‘Lightning to the Nations’. The band has released 7 studio albums, 5 live albums, and several EPs, singles and splits. The bands most recent album released in 2016 and is self titled. The album was the debut of the bands new vocalist Rasmus “Ras” Bom Andersen. Ras is the third vocalist the band has had since their formation over 40 years ago. The bands original vocalist was Sean Harris who last left the band in 2004 and from then until 2014 the bands vocalist was Nick Tart. Though both the former singers released great material with the band I do feel that the vocal style Ras delivers in the bands new album is exactly what the band needed, and I believe it’s some of the best material the band has released to date. Diamond Head has been working on a follow up to the self titled album with plans to have it released during the winter of this year.

 

 

We had the opportunity to speak with Brian Tatler founder and guitarist of the iconic heavy metal band Diamond Head. The band just recently kicked off their U.S. Tour, and as we were speaking the band was traveling on their way to perform at Rocklahoma where they played on Friday May 26th. Brian explained the band had been scheduled to perform there last year but due to a tornado in the area their performance along with many others were cancelled. We spoke about the bands 2016 self-titled album, the first with new vocalist Rasmus “Ras” Bom Andersen. We also took a few moments to speak with Ras during the interview to talk about him joining the band, bringing some youth into the band and how the long time Diamond Head fans accepted him as the new voice of the band. Again speaking with Brian Tatler we also spoke about AC/DC who like Diamond Head have been through their share of changes with their vocalist. Brian talks about his opinion on Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose fronting the legendary band. Diamond Head performed along side AC/DC during Bon Scott’s last two live performances before his death. Additionally, Brian explained the band has been working on their new album which they are near completion and should be out in the winter. You can hear the entire conversation below and view the bands U.S. tour dates as well as their remaining tour dates for this year as they will be playing all over Europe this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Dates:

24 May The Lost Well Austin, TX
26 May Rocklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
29 May The Token Lounge Westland, MI
30 May Jergel’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
01 Jun The Q & Z Expo Center ALL AGES Ringle, WI
02 Jun The Forge Joliet, IL
23 Jul Metal Days Tolmin, Slovenia
05 Aug Over The Wall Heraklion, Greece
21 Sep South Troopers Festival Les Pennes-Mirabeau, France
28 Sep Heavy Nights Vol.3 at Flytten Pub Haugesund, Norway
05 Oct New Cross Inn London, United Kingdom
06 Oct The Robin Bilston, United Kingdom
07 Oct New Cross Inn London, United Kingdom
Massive Wagons (Four Sticks Weekender)
12 Oct Krakatoa Aberdeen, United Kingdom
25 Oct Little Devil Tilburg, Netherlands
26 Oct Podium de Flux Zaandam, Netherlands
27 Oct Roxy Concerts Flensburg, Germany
28 Oct Bambi Galore Hamburg, Germany
29 Oct Matrix Bochum Bochum, Germany
31 Oct Moonlight Music Hall Diest, Belgium
01 Nov Lindenpark Potsdam, Germany
02 Nov Klub Studencki Kwadrat Cracow, Poland
03 Nov Klub Hydrozagadka Warsaw, Poland
04 Nov Klub u Bazyla Poznań, Poland
06 Nov Dürer Kert Budapest, Hungary
08 Nov Viper Room Wien, Austria
09 Nov Exenzia Rock Club Prato, Italy
10 Nov Slaughter Club Paderno Dugnano, Italy
11 Nov Evol Club Rome, Italy
14 Nov Sala Bóveda Barcelona, Spain
15 Nov Sound Stage Madrid, Spain
16 Nov Urban Rock Concept Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
17 Nov Sala Sir Laurens Oviedo, Spain
18 Nov C.C. Valdefierro Zaragoza, Spain

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