BRIAN TATLER (DIAMOND HEAD): “The Studio Owner Said You Can Have A Week’s Studio Time And I’ll Have Half Your Publishing For 15 Years… And We Signed It Like Idiots”

Diamond Head
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Underground NWOBH Legends Update an Influential Classic

Diamond Head is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first album with the release of Lightning to the Nations 2020 on November 27, 2020. Diamond Head released the original Lightning to Nations in 1980 just as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene was picking up steam. The independently released album turned out to be the definitive opus for Diamond Head.

Lightning to the Nations influenced many Metal bands over the years, most notably Metallica. Metallica covered numerous songs from the album throughout their career that some fans thought Diamond Head were ripping them off during some live performances. I had the chance to talk with Diamond Head guitarist Brian Taller about why they chose to re-record Lightning to the Nations. Tatler also discusses how the original recording came to be and where the band’s trajectory went from there.

Diamond Head is

Brian Tatler – Lead, Rhythm Guitars
Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals, Orchestration, Additional Guitars
Karl Wilcox – Drums
Andrew “Abbz” Abberley – Rhythm, Lead Guitars
Dean Ashton – Bass, Organ on ‘The Prince’

Band Links:

Official Website
Buy The Album


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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