Diamond Head + The Heretic Order + Kuru + Cathar
Thursday 25th June 2015
The Live Rooms, Chester
Yes, you read that right. For one night I played bass guitar for British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head, and this is how it happened.
Diamond Head had three support bands, which is pretty good value for money in my book. First up were Cathar, who were a Symphonic Metal band with two singers. Solid musicians but not really my cup of mead; good vocals though.
Next were Kuru, who were more in the Death Metal vein. Brutal riffs and the rhythm section were impressive. Ferocious vocals, though I’m not a massive fan of the Death Metal Grunt.
The Heretic Order merged a more trad metal (Maiden, Priest) approach with some more thrashy elements. Think Venom with some Sepultura and melody thrown in; they do a nice line in comedy Satanic Metal too. At least I think it’s comedy; if not I mean no offence, honest…
Diamond Head can rock with the best of them. Their NWOBHM anthems have become hugely popular due to their influence on those who followed. The famous songs – “Am I Evil”, “The Prince”, “Helpless” – can be regarded as amongst the foundation stones of classic metal. This is the music that helped shape today’s rock just as much as “Breaking the Law”, “Run to the Hills” or “Ace of Spades”.
In addition you’ve got those big, epic Zeppelin inspired songs like “To Heaven From Hell” and “To the Devil His Due”. Monolithic tracks that really add another dimension to Diamond Head’s catalogue.
They play all the greats at the Live Rooms, and have a fantastic time doing it. Brian Tatler is safely in the driving seat, in control and playing brilliantly. Vocalist Rasmus Anderson has a hell of a voice on him, confidently delivering gem after gem. The rhythm section of Karl Wilcox (drums) and Eddie Moohan (bass) are locked in and having a whale of a time. Then you’ve got guitarist Abbz, who looks like the happiest bloke on the planet.
It’s a packed and professional set with plenty of conviction. At the very end, I was down the front for the encore when Eddie offered his bass to the audience to strum. So I hit a few strings – and so did half a dozen other people. But now I’ll claim to have played bass for Diamond Head, and you can’t call me a liar.
Great gig. My interest and respect for this band was renewed. It was great to see a band who have accomplished so much – and still have so much to give – on my door step. Legends.
The Diamond Head web site is here.
The Live Rooms web site is here.