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Review: Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations 2020
Diamond Head
Lightning to the Nations 2020

Label: Silver Lining Music
Year released: 2020
Originally released in: 1980
Duration: 1:00:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: January 14, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (23 Votes)

Diamond Head has been at this metal thing for well over 40 years and proved they still have what it takes with their last album, the excellent The Coffin Train, released in 2019. The decision to re-record their classic debut, Lightning to the Nations, with the current lineup may have seemed a curious choice but it was the right one. This is the album that has all of Diamond Head's songs they are most well-known for (thanks in part to Metallica covering a bunch of them over the years) including "Helpless," "Lightning to the Nations," "The Prince," "It's Electric" and of course, "Am I Evil?" I was honestly not a huge fan of the band back in the '80s, but the new lineup takes these songs and injects them with a whole new energy and bombast, along with a modern production, and they just plain kill. These are the kinds of kick ass metal tunes that pin your ears back and leave you gasping for breath, especially if you are hearing them live (something I hope to do someday). There are a couple of songs that haven't aged particularly well ("Sucking My Love," "Sweet and Innocent") but the rest of the album more than makes up for their outdated sentiments. Diamond Head round out the album with covers from some of the bands that inspired them, of which Judas Priest's "Sinner" and Deep Purple's "Rat Bat Blue" work fantastically with the band's approach. Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is OK but isn't truly in this version of Diamond Head's wheelhouse. Oh, and they treat us with a cover of Metallica's "No Remorse," returning the favor their American counterparts did for them back in the day.

If you love simple, straightforward heavy metal that has riffs and choruses you can't help but get sucked in by, you need to own Lightning to the Nations 2020. It is a testament to how great music, regardless of when it was written (almost every song on the album is 40+ years old) stands the test of time.

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