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Cool bridge between Zeppelin and Metallica
on May 11, 2014
I keep thinkin' I need to check out the rest of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal - I love Iron Maiden, and enjoy Def Leppard - but, whenever I check stuff out, I feel like maybe a lot of that stuff never made it big for a reason; whereas Maiden takes the most metal of Priest and kicks it up a notch, most other metal circa 1980 is more in the "rock" side of things. Since Diamond Head is this big Metallica influence, I figured maybe they had a little more metal clout. Not really - "Am I Evil" has a nice heavy sound that takes 70s Sabbath a little forward, but much of the album still leans a bit towards 70s hard rock/metal (although more metal than many of their contemporaries). The singing definitely reminds me of a mix between Robert Plant and "Kill 'Em All" James Hetfield, the guitar is a mix of Sabbath, Zep, Purple riffage - maybe a little more modern, but it doesn't quite have the intensity of Maiden stuff like "Phantom of the Opera" or "Transylvania" (some of that may be the mix, here) The bonus tracks (almost half the disc) are even more 70s hard-rock leaning than the main album. Overall, I enjoy it, but I'm not blown away. So, if you want some underground metal from 1980, this is cool stuff, just don't expect it to be cutting-edge 80s metal.