WinterStorm has its roots firmly planeted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that produced Maiden, Leppard, Tygers, Mantis and a host of others and it's almost been a mission to get as many of those bands who toured between 79 and 82 into the line up. Diamond Head can n ow be ticked off our wish list appearing on the main stage in 2019.
Inspired by his older brother David to learn the guitar at 14, Brian Tatler eventually recruited school friends Duncan Scott, Sean Harris and Colin Kimberly to form Diamond Head in 1976. At the age of just nineteen they became part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, gigging and performing their own material across the country. In 1980 they opened for AC/DC and Iron Maiden whilst recording and releasing their debut album Lightning To The Nations aka ‘The White Album’ on an independent label. This masterpiece is now a heavy metal classic, revered by bands such as Metallica and Megadeth who cite Diamond Head as one of their greatest influence.
The group signed to MCA in January 1982 and released Living On Borrowed Time which entered the UK album charts at 24. An appearance at Reading Festival and a UK tour at major venues including London‘s Hammersmith Odeon consolidated their burgeoning status.
The following year saw the release of the more progressive style Canterbury album. This was a difficult album to record and the pressure resulted in the departure of two original band members, Scott being dismissed and Kimberly leaving the group.
A new line up Diamond Head opened the Monsters Of Rock Festival in1983 and completed a 15 date European tour supporting Black Sabbath. This was followed by a further UK, Odeon sized tour. MCA now requested that management should be transferred from Harris’s mother and partner Reg Fellows but Sean refused and the label dropped Diamond Head in January 1984. That line up ended the following year but Brian & Sean reunited in 1990 adding new drummer Karl Wilcox and bassist Eddie Moohan. They released Death & Progress in 1993 featuring Megadeth ‘s Dave Mustaine on the track ‘Truckin’ plus a co-write and guest appearance from Black Sabbath ‘s Tony Iommi on the track ‘Starcrossed’. A release date was planned around Diamond Head opening for Metallica and Megadeth at Milton Keynes National Bowl. The group folded again shortly after.
In 1998 Metallica released ‘Garage Inc’ a double album of covers on Vertigo Records containing four Diamond Head songs, this went on to sell 5,000,000 copies and introduced Diamond Head to a whole new generation of listeners
We are excited to welcome Diamond Head to the Winterstorm 2019 stage!