Lightning to the Nations, became one of the more influential albums of the era. Lead guitarist Brian Tatler is the sole original member remaining, but music from a new, self-titled record released this year fits snugly alongside the band’s classics.
If you’ve read any histories of heavy metal legends Metallica, you’ve likely come across Lars Ulrich referencing this band as a strong influence on the early Metallica sound. During their late-’70s/early-’80s heyday, Diamond Head were more melodic than the sound that Metallica would eventually bring to the table, but they were still a centerpiece of the movement known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which also birthed acts such as Iron Maiden. Diamond Head took the existing British-rock blueprint of the era, and infused it with the faster and thrashier riffs that were coming from punk rock. Their 1980 debut album,