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Diamond Head - Canterbury (1983) Retail CD
New Wave of British Heavy Metal
When this album was first released I remember being somewhat disappointed because it was such a huge departure from their earlier material. Unusually for a rock album the obligatory guitar solos were largely absent and for a teenage metal fan who loved the guitar this was difficult to accept. The band weren't helped by thousands of the albums jumping due to a production fault. The band wanted to expand their musical horizons and consequently didn't want to release two albums in the same style and while this was artistically admirable it was commercial suicide. Although I didn't understand it atmore… the time, I now realise that musically Diamond Head were so talented they had moved on at an astonishing pace and fans like me just couldn't keep up. For a rock album of the time it is highly unusual and it would take nearly ten years for the rest of the world to catch up. As a more mature listener I can now view Canterbury for the collossal achievement it was. It's difficult to pick a high point on the album because it's all so astonishingly good. Given the rather formulaic approach of most bands even now it is refreshing to find such diversity and innovation in one place. As far as I am aware, To The Devil His Due is the only track that was an established part of the live set prior to the release of the album and was probably only included because it was such a favourite with the fans and had not previously been released. Ishmael has a distinctly eastern flavour to it and still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. For those Diamond Head fans who originally dismissed the album, like me, I strongly urge you to revisit it and discover the musical treasure that it is. Everyone raves about the White Label album (as do I) but this offering is so radically different they are just poles apart and it is unfair to compare them. You certainly don't need to be a metal fan to enjoy it and I would have no hesitation about recommending it to anyone with even an ounce of musical appreciation. Sadly the band paid the price of their innovation and were dropped by their record label due to the short term commercial failure of the project, not realising the talent that was being wasted. The band themselves did nothing wrong, we just weren't ready for them at the time.
|2||Out of Phase|
|4||One More Night|
|5||To the Devil|
|6||Knight of the Swords|
|8||I Need Your Love|
- Diamond Head - Canterbury (1983) Retail CD
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