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Watch ROB ZOMBIE and Members of KORN Perform ‘Am I Evil?’

On the November 10th stop of the Night Of The Living Dreads tour in Rapid City, South Dakota Rob Zombie and his band were joined by Munky and Head from KoRn to perform the classic Diamond Head track ‘Am I Evil?’.

Until now, we’ve only known Metallica to cover this one so seeing another artist do it is definitely a breath of fresh air…kinda.

Friday Find: SCORPION CHILD

Happy Friday people!

This week’s Friday Find is Scorpion Child from Austin, Texas. Their self-titled album Scorpion Child was released in June of this year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment and it’s got a great throwback sound to it. Imagine putting Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Diamond Head, and Deep Purple into a musical blender…the result would be Scorpion Child. If you like that raw 1970’s sound….then this band is right up your alley. You can check out their video for ‘Polygon Of Eyes’ as well their lyric video for ‘Liquor’ below.

 

 

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DIAMOND HEAD Show in Corona, California Has Been Cancelled

The Diamond Head show scheduled for October 19th at M15 Bar & Grill in Corona, Ca has been cancelled, according to a recent post on the band’s Facebook page.

Diamond head regret to announce that due to circumstances beyond the band’s control, the show in corona ca on the 19th has been cancelled. We would like to apologise to all fans who were hoping to make the show.

BUMMER!

Show Review: DIAMOND HEAD / RAVEN / NIGHT DEMON – October 16th, 2013

Last night was an incredible experience for me. I got to see NWOBHM legends Diamond Head along with Raven and new favorites Night Demon in a small club called Malone’s in Santa Ana, Ca. Even though I was having some insane upper back pain, I was determined to see this show and I’m so glad I did. There definitely could have been more people there, but it was a weeknight and things were running behind as Diamond Head went on about an hour late at around 12:45am or so (they were supposed to be on at 11:40). However, despite the recipe for a bruised ego, these bands played as if the place was packed.

The wife and I arrived shortly after Raven started their set on the main stage. I must admit I’m not as familiar with this band as I should be, but those guys definitely put forth a lot of energy and impressed me for sure. For being a trio, there was a lot of power being put forth from these guys. Let’s face it, they aren’t exactly young anymore; yet they put forth more energy than I see from some of the younger bands today. And those screams….holy crap! I had to look around to see if glasses were shattering at times. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the shrilly King Diamond-like screaming, but I know that isn’t exactly easy to do consistently and takes quite of bit of talent to pull of right. So they still get the horns up from me.

When it came time for Night Demon to play the bar stage in between Raven and Diamond Head, I was pumped. I am thoroughly familiar with their current four-song release but shorty before they began it occurred to me that I might get to hear some new songs, which I did. They played three songs that I heard for the first time; ‘Heavy Metal Heat’, ‘Satan’, and another one they didn’t say the title of. Based on those songs, I cannot wait until they come out with their full-length release next year. However, I do think that the band might benefit from having another guitarist at live shows. In no way am I saying anything bad about how it sounded, I just think an added rhythm guitarist would add to the sound and make them even more amazing then they already are. Regardless, they put on a great show.

As for Diamond Head, I was completely blown away. Even though the band was without their usual frontman Nick Tart, their fill-in vocalist Chas West threw it down better than any vocalist they’ve had in the past. Of course, that’s just my opinion. Regardless, anyone who may be skeptical about seeing these guys with a fill-in vocalist needs to quit worrying because I guarantee they won’t be disappointed. They played all the songs one might expect from these guys; ‘It’s Electric’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Sucking My Love’, ‘Lightning to the Nations’, ‘Am I Evil?’, etc. The band had great energy and Chas added an element to the band that is nothing but positive. You can check out multi-cam footage of them performing ‘Am I Evil?’ in San Francisco below along with the remaining dates on the tour.

Special thanks to Jason at Homeless One Productions for his hospitality.

October tour with Diamond Head & Raven:
17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Vex (w/ Night Demon, Gypsyhawk, and others)
18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
19 – Corona, CA – M15 Concert Club
20 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d (w/ Night Demon)
22 – Littleton, CO – Toad Tavern
23 – Kansas City, KS – Riot Room
24 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room
25 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room

 

 

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Quality Footage Of DIAMOND HEAD With Fill-In Vocalist Chas West

Diamond Head are currently on their second tour ever in the U.S. but there is one minor difference…they are touring with fill-in vocalist Chas West instead of their usual vocalist Nick Tart (who’s sitting out the U.S tour as a result of his father passing away). Some were skeptical, especially since few were familiar with who Chas West is and didn’t know how it would sound. Well, now you can check out some quality footage of them performing the classic ‘Am I Evil?’ at their show on October 9th at Studio Seven in Seattle, Washington. No disrespect to Nick, but I actually like Chas better. Definitely looking forward to seeing them on this tour with Raven. Click here for a complete list of dates. Night Demon will be on the Santa Ana, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas dates as well.

 

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DIAMOND HEAD Will Tour U.S. With Fill-In Vocalist Chas West

Well we have good news and bad news here. The bad news is that Diamond Head vocalist Nick Tart will not be touring the U.S. with the band as a result of his father passing away. The good news is that the Diamond Head tour with Raven will not be cancelled, as they will have vocalist Chas West filling in.

Here is the official statement from the Diamond Head camp:

DIAMOND HEAD wish to send [singer] Nick Tart and his family their sincere condolences on the untimely death of his father. As a result of this, Nick will be flying home to Brisbane to be with his family and, unfortunately, has had to withdraw from DIAMOND HEAD‘s upcoming U.S. tour in October.

“In order to maintain their commitment to their fans and the tour, DIAMOND HEAD have called upon vocalist Chas West (JASON BONHAM, LYNCH MOB, TRIBE OF GYPSIES) who has been a longtime friend of the band to help out for this tour. DIAMOND HEAD are delighted to have Chas be part of this upcoming tour, which kicks off in Vancouver on October 8th.”

For a complete list of tour dates click here. If you plan on going to the Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Santa Ana dates then you better check out Night Demon or you might be overcome with an overwhelming sense of regret at some point.

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Friday Find: NIGHT DEMON

Well, it’s Friday (the 13th) and it’s time to bring you another Friday Find. Today’s find is Night Demon out of Ventura County, California. If you aren’t aware of these guys then you should definitely allow yourself the privilege. However, in order to truly appreciate this band for what they are, it helps to be familiar with the NWOBHM sound and the bands that were a part of it during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. If you are familiar with that genre, then Night Demon will sound like home to you. What’s great is that this is a brand new band, so there is actually a chance to see them live, as opposed to the vast majority of NWOBHM bands that just withered away. They are actually playing three shows with Diamond Head and Raven this coming October, you can get all those details here. But enough reading, it’s time to expose you to some music from this great band. You can check out the video for the song Night Demon below as well as stream their 4-song debut release. Enjoy!

Dates for DIAMOND HEAD and RAVEN US Tour Announced

It has been revealed that NWOBHM icons DIAMOND HEAD will be teaming up with fellow genre-mates RAVEN for a US tour. It is unclear as to whether these are all of the dates or if more are on the way, but if you get a chance to see them you definitely should. I mean c’mon…Metallica covered a bunch of their songs, though granted those songs were from an era with Sean Harris on vocals and not Nick Tart but that shouldn’t matter much because Nick does a pretty damn good job. Plus, this is a U.K. based band, which only recently played the states for the first time in 20 years! You might not get another chance people…just sayin’.

10/8 – Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/19 – Corona, CA @ M15 Concert Club
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
10/22 – Northglenn, CO @ Cheers
10/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room

Two shows that I want to highlight in particular are the October 17th and 20th dates. Why do you ask? Because there is a band called Night Demon opening! This is a new band with that same NWOBHM sound. If you didn’t know who they were, you’d think they were around when Paul Di’Anno was singing for Iron Maiden. But alas, these guys are fresh out of Ventura County, Ca and could possibly be the ones to carry that NWOBHM torch (even though they’re American). You will most likely be hearing more about them from me in the future, I really dig these guys! Haven’t had a chance to see them live yet, hopefully I will be able to fix that in October.