“Belly Of The Beast”, the new video from NWOBHM pioneers DIAMOND HEAD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “The Coffin Train”, which will be released on May 24 via Silver Lining Music.
“This is classic DIAMOND HEAD, bringing to mind songs like ‘Helpless’ and ‘The Prince’,” guitarist Brian Tatler told Classic Rock. “It’s a very exciting song to play and really pumps up your adrenaline. It’s in your face the whole way though.”
“It’s a song about personal demons,” adds singer Rasmus Bom Andersen. “Everyone carries at least one through their life. Don’t be hasty to judge people, for we all have a battle inside.”
“The Coffin Train” was recorded at Vigo Studios in Walsall, Circle Studios in Birmingham and Raw Sound Studio in London, and is the second DIAMOND HEAD album to feature Andersen, who joined the band in 2014.
“Rasmus is a big part of why the album, and band, sound like we do,” says Tatler. “He has a fantastic vocal range, knows exactly what to do with his voice and is incredibly knowledgeable about it.
“All along, we wanted to make sure we didn’t lose sight of what we call ‘The Brief.’ I would never want to deny our NWOBHM style and sound; that’s what originally got me excited and DIAMOND HEAD noticed. And I still enjoy the creative journey we go on.”
Formed in 1976 under the riff-rolling leadership of guitarist Brian Tatler, DIAMOND HEADwould quickly establish themselves as a vanguard of the exploding New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene. With their genre-defining debut album “Lightning To The Nations”, DIAMOND HEAD has influenced and opened gates for many metal bands.
Asked about the fact that both METALLICA and MEGADETH have cited DIAMOND HEAD as a major influence, Tatler told Wrinkly Rockers Club: “It’s flattering. What can I say? It’s great. I’m so glad that happened. I think it’s helped keep the band going. I don’t think we’d be having this conversation if we hadn’t been covered by METALLICA. It’s brought in so many fans. A number of times, people have said, ‘I got into you through METALLICA.’ They read the small print. They presume ‘Am I Evil’ is written by METALLICA until they go, ‘Woah! [It says it was written by] Tatler/Harris.’ And they go, ‘Okay. Let’s have a look at this band,’ and then think, ‘Actually, I quite like that.'”
DIAMOND HEAD will be touring Europe for most of 2019 and are confirmed on the lineup of two very special U.K. shows with NWOBHM giants SAXON, which will take place on October 19 at the iconic Hammersmith in London and October 20 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.
DIAMOND HEAD‘s latest, self-titled album was released in June 2016 via Dissonance Productions. The effort’s release ended an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons.
DIAMOND HEAD is:
Brian Tatler – lead/rhythm guitars
Rasmus Bom Andersen – vocals
Karl Wilcox – drums
Andy “Abbz” Abberley – rhythm/lead guitars
Dean Ashton – bass, backing vocals