Diamond Head have announced the forthcoming release of a re-recording of their acclaimed debut album Lightning To The Nations. The new version, Lightning To The Nations 2020, will be released on November 20 via Silver Lining Music.
The release will feature four added cover versions, Diamond Head’s takes on Judas Priest’s Sinner, Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, Deep Purple’s Rat Bat Blue and, in a nice nod to the band who re-introduced their music to a new generation of rock fans, Metallica’s No Remorse.
“We thought it’d be great to re-record the debut album with this line-up and the modern technology available,” says guitarist Brian Tatler. “The original album was recorded and mixed in a week, and we were very young, still 19/20 years old when it was recorded, so there’s a lot of that youthful energy. But we didn’t have the technique, time or craftsmanship to record it with the sort of power that we could now. So that was a real thing to savour: the opportunity to go in the studio and record these songs fresh and vibrant.”
As a preview of the album, the band have released their updated take on It’s Electric, which was Diamond Head superfan Lars Ulrich’s introduction to the band. Metallica would go on to cover four songs from Lightning To The Nations, Am I Evil?, The Prince, Helpless and It’s Electric.
Lightning To The Nations 2020 Track Listing:
1. Lightning to the Nations
2. The Prince
3. Sucking My Love
4. Am I Evil?
5. Sweet and Innocent
6. It’s Electric
8. No Remorse
9. Immigrant Song
11. Rat Bat Blue
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- Diamond Head - Canterbury + inserts - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $33.00, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2021 11:01)on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
DIAMOND HEAD Canterbury (1983 UK 9-track LP, the third release from one of the key influential NWOBHM bands. Includes the singles Makin' Music, One More Night, I Need Your Love & the epic Knight of Swords based around Michael Moorcock's Elricstories, complete with both the rare lyric insert & tour dates insert. The sleeve shows only minor shelf wear & the vinyl still looks barely played DH1002)
- Diamond Head - Borrowed Time - Complete - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $46.20, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2021 10:56)on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
DIAMOND HEAD Borrowed Time (1982 UK 7-track LP, the group's fourth recording & their second on the MCA label which proved an important influence on Metallica. Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve with epic fantasy-style artwork by Rodney Matthews, complete with the lyric/tour dates inner, the official fan club & merchandising mini-booklet & fold-out colour poster. The sleeve shows shows minor shelf wear, the poster is unused & the vinyl appears barely played DH1001)
- Diamond Head - Sweet & Innocent + p/s - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $26.40, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 28-Nov-2021 16:45)on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
DIAMOND HEAD Sweet & Innocent (Scarce 1980 UK Media Records 2-track 7" single, also includes 'Streets Of Gold', black & white picture sleeve. The delicate sleeve shows a little natural ring wear & the vinyl is in superb excellent condition with few signs of play SCREEN-1)
- Diamond Head - Shoot Out The Lights - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $26.40, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 28-Nov-2021 16:42)on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
DIAMOND HEAD Shoot Out The Lights (1980 UK private press 7" single, self released on the band's own Happy Face label & never issued with a picture sleeve in order to save cost. Also features 'Helpless' on the b-side, an alternate version to the album cut & later covered by Metallica. Housed in a plain die-cut sleeve, the vinyl is in superb Excellent condition with few signs of play)
- Diamond Head - Out Of Phase - UK - 7" picture disc - £10.00, $13.20, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 05-Aug-2021 13:05)on December 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
DIAMOND HEAD Out Of Phase (1983 UK limited edition 7" Picture Disc single also including The Kingmaker DHMP104)