Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations (THE WHITE ALBUM) [Remastered 2021] – Music Planet Metal

Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations (THE WHITE ALBUM) [Remastered 2021] – Music Planet Metal

Review by Mark Montgomery for MPM

We all know that the spiritual home of Metal is the UK, and there are some of the early bands that still exist and are successful today, like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden for example.

And there are also a handful of early bands still around that aren’t as successful. And of course there are still bands and I wonder why they are successful….

Many heavyweights of the past 4 decades consider these early bands to be influences. These groups were the seeds of the metal family tree (this is the third time I mention the metal family tree, I have to map it…)

Diamond Head is one such group. If you didn’t have Diamond Head there would be no Metallica, if there was no Metallica there would be no………. Lars Ulrich? The point of all of this is that some of those early bands were very good but didn’t have as much success as they should have.

We all know the story of Anvil thanks to this great documentary which highlights that being good is not enough. It’s a cautionary tale for many up-and-coming metal bands: you can be a great musician in a great band writing amazing songs that the crowds love, but that’s not enough to make it big. And there are a lot of bands that are successful but not good.

It’s a balance to find to have the power to stay in an unstable industry. It’s a shame that there have been bands like Diamond Head since the beginning that haven’t been successful, it’s a series of bad decisions and bad deals that is ultimately what’s holding the bands back.

Diamond Head’s debut album, Lightning To The Nations, is a key influence on the genre as a whole. “We wrote instinctively,” explains co-founding member Brian Tatler, “we had an undeniably unique sound. Four young guys, each with an element that when combined produced an alloy that was our own heavy metal sound. To the Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 
2021] is the ultimate version of this ultimate album”.

Tatler recalls: “In 1990, to celebrate the NWOBHM’s tenth anniversary, Lars Ulrich and Geoff Barton compiled the double album ‘New Wave Of British Heavy Metal ’79 Revisited’ which was released on Phonogram Records.

It was Lars who made it a point to track down as many original master tapes as possible, because all he had were the often-scratched old singles. He told me he often called members of bands they wanted to put on the album and the confused guy on the other end assumed it was a sell-out.

‘Who? Lars Ulrich? From METALLICA? Kiss my ass!’ When Lars called me I explained that the original quarter inch masters for ‘Lightning To The Nations’ hadn’t been seen since they were sent by our old manager to a guy called Horgi at Woolfe Records years ago.

Apparently Horgi didn’t return the tapes, so Lars sent someone from Germany’s METALLICA label to visit the guy… The tapes were duly returned and after Phonogram was done with them, Lars made sure let them come back to me. I have always stored them safely.

It was these tapes that made this version possible. There’s more than just tracks here, the package includes a selection of bonus tracks as well as liner notes from Tatler.

The early mixes are a good listen if you’re into the history and evolution of songwriting and production, but the real draw is this remastering of the album which was first released in 1980. .

It sounds much, much better than the old worn striped early Metal singles I have.

“Lightning to the Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021]will be released as a double CD, 180-gram deluxe gatefold triple vinyl edition featuring the remastered original album, lost mixes and bonus tracks. There will also be a single vinyl edition of the remastered album, also on 180 grams. Full recordings will also be available for streaming and download.

Do the band justice and get this 180 gram gatefold triple vinyl, the download just doesn’t seem appropriate for this one. Get a patch on your combat jacket and tell your friends about it.

Also check out their latest offers. They are still superb, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And one last thing, go see them live! They are on tour in November 2022. See you soon!

Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021] track list:

  1. Lightning to the nations
  2. The prince
  3. suck my love
  4. Am I bad?
  5. sweet and innocent
  6. It’s electric
  7. Hopeless
  8. Lightning to the Nations (lost original mix)
  9. The Prince (lost original mix)
  10. Suck My Love (Original Lost Mix)
  11. Am I bad? (original mix lost)
  12. Sweet and Innocent (Lost Original Mix)

Bonus tracks:

  1. turn off the lights
  2. streets of gold
  3. Played the strongest
  4. waited too long
  5. diamond lights
  6. We won’t be back
  7. I do not have

diamond head are:
BRIAN TATLER: Lead and rhythm guitars
ANDREW “ABBZ” ABBERLEY: Rhythm, lead guitars

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