News of the newly polished Lightning To The Nations album from Heavy Metal national treasures, Diamond Head.
If we ever had a Heavy Metal national treasure, Diamond Head would surely be it. We could (and probably have done) a whole lot worse than having Brian Tatler for PM.
Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021] is the ultimate version of this ultimate album, which is set for release via Silver Lining Music on 30th September 2022. The release will feature not only the original album from ¼ inch master tapes which Lars Ulrich helped Brian Tatler retrieve back in 1990, but also alternative mixes of classic cuts Lightning To The Nations, The Prince, Sucking My Love, Am I Evil? and Sweet And Innocent never publicly released (or heard) before. There is also brand-new cover artwork based on an idea Brian Tatler had, to show a character referred to as ‘The Lightning God’.
Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021], will be released as a double CD, a deluxe 180 gms gatefold triple-vinyl edition containing the original album remastered, the lost mixes and the bonus tracks. There will also be a single vinyl edition of just the remastered album, also on 180 gms.
The story goes that the original tapes were first quite literally baked (a process which allows degraded tape to be returned to playable quality), then restored and digitized before current Diamond Head frontman Rasmus ‘Ras’ Bom Andersen remastered the tracks, ending up with a pristine edition of the original recordings and the recently discovered alternative mixes. Pure gold for all fans of both Diamond Head and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the restored masters are supplemented by a set of bonus tracks originally recorded in 1980s. Rounding-out this ultimate edition are a set of deep and detailed notes on both the era and each song by Brian Tatler.
“I don’t really know what inspired ‘Lightning To The Nations’“says Tatler in his notes. “I can’t think of any other song by any other band that sounds like it and that’s a hell of a claim. Sean (Harris) got the title from a painting he had seen in an art book somewhere and thought it would make a good title for a song. Once we had the song and it became track one, side one, it seemed like a good album title too. It’s still in the live set after forty-years.”
Can’t wait to see them out on tour with Saxon later this year.
11 November – Ipswich, Regent Theatre
12 November – Southampton O2 Guildhall
13 November – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
14 November – Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
15 November – Bath, Forum
16 November – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
18 November – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
19 November – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
20 November – Aberdeen, Music Hall
21 November – Glasgow, Barrowland
22 November – Hull, City Hall
23 November – York, Barbican
25 November – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
26 November – London, Roundhouse
For UK tickets visit: https://myticket.co.uk/artists/saxon
Diamond Head are:
RASMUS BOM ANDERSEN: Vocals
BRIAN TATLER: Lead, Rhythm Guitars
KARL WILCOX: Drums
ANDREW “ABBZ” ABBERLEY: Rhythm, Lead Guitars
Diamond Head 1980 line-up:
SEAN HARRIS: Vocals
BRIAN TATLER: Guitar
DUNCAN SCOTT: Drums
COLIN KIMBERLEY: Bass