The Best Of Diamond Head – Diamond Head

Diamond Head are one of the bands that influenced Metallica and that is how I became aware of them. I’m slightly too young for NWOBHM to have affected me directly but its sound is one that I find base. It affects me greatly and hits my emotions in all the right spots.
“Am I Evil” recorded by Metallica was on a tape I had and eventually I found out it was written and first recorded by Diamond Head. When I bought this I wanted the original versions of “Evil”, “Helpless” and “It’s Electric” which Megadeth used to play live. This album is great. I find all the songs enjoyable. Bizarrely this is another album that I consider easy enough listening to play to non-metal fans. Along with Audioslave this is, for me, easy listening.
I saw Diamond Head play with The Almighty, Megadeth and Metallica at the Milton Keynes bowl in 1992. It was a great concert for it was the first time Megadeth and Metallica had played on the same bill since Dave left Metallica. Diamond Head opened the concert and lots of the crowd obviously weren’t aware that “Evil” is not a Metallica original. Many of them rushed foward shouting Metallica. Idiots.