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Metal - Released May 24, 2019 | Silver Lining Music

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Rock - Released June 1, 1983 | Geffen

Diamond Head's third album, Canterbury was a huge disappointment for fans and critics alike. Gone were the colossal, Black Sabbath inspired riffs and complex arrangements which permeated their classic debut Lightning to the Nations, replaced by an ill-fated attempt at incorporating pop elements into their songwriting. Whether this resulted from record label pressure or a conscious effort by the band to write a hit single is unknown, but Canterbury comes across as a failed experiment. The band only replicates the glory of their early days on the epic "Knight of Swords," and made to order singles like "One More Night" and "I Need Your Love" come off are pedestrian at best. Still, guitarist Brian Tatler provides tasteful melodies and solos, while vocalist Sean Harris (who reveals a Freddie Mercury influence on the title track) displays his beautiful voice despite a strange obsession with "wooing" and "aahing" through virtually every song. Obviously wrestling over their direction, Diamond Head disbanded soon after this release. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Hard Rock - Released June 11, 2012 | Heavy Metal Records

Diamond Head went unnoticed in America until Metallica said that the NWOBHM band was a major influence on their sound. The liner notes for Behold the Beginning were written by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. ~ John Book
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Metal - Released March 12, 1982 | Geffen

After their masterful first album, Diamond Head were largely touted as the most promising stars of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band soon turned into its own biggest disappointment, however, with the release of 1982's Borrowed Time: a textbook case of a misunderstanding record company tampering with a successful formula, and a band too naïve to know any better. "To Heaven from Hell" and "Call Me" are awkward attempts to meld Diamond Head's Black Sabbath-inspired riffage with more commercial melodies and choruses. Even worse, the band re-recorded blatantly inferior versions of two classics from its debut, "Lightning to the Nations" and "Am I Evil?" And while total disaster is averted on "In the Heat of the Night" and "Don't You Ever Leave Me," only the title track comes close to measuring up to prior expectations. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Metal - Released October 15, 2008 | Geffen

After their masterful first album, Diamond Head were largely touted as the most promising stars of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band soon turned into its own biggest disappointment, however, with the release of 1982's Borrowed Time: a textbook case of a misunderstanding record company tampering with a successful formula, and a band too naïve to know any better. "To Heaven from Hell" and "Call Me" are awkward attempts to meld Diamond Head's Black Sabbath-inspired riffage with more commercial melodies and choruses. Even worse, the band re-recorded blatantly inferior versions of two classics from its debut, "Lightning to the Nations" and "Am I Evil?" And while total disaster is averted on "In the Heat of the Night" and "Don't You Ever Leave Me," only the title track comes close to measuring up to prior expectations. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Metal - Released March 8, 2019 | Silver Lining Music