The Robin2 Bilston 18th August 2016.
As the steam cools on the heels of Bloodstock tonight’s gig at the Robin2 is set to raise the metal momentum again with none other than the cult metallers Diamond Head fired up to raise some horns in true British metal style.
But first up and definitely a band never to miss were Fire Red Empress, whose enigmatic delivery of fully charged rock is fast becoming second to none.
With the impending release of their debut album including a track co-penned by Brian Tatler himself, the song ‘Black Morphine’ was a must have and fitting inclusion in their set tonight and judging by the hearty cheers of appreciation it received from the Robin2’s audience, this song is set to become a firm favourite from the band.
Fire Red Empress are one hell of a great band to see live and tonight’s set from them has definitely gone down in my book as first class!
So what can I say about Diamond Head that hasn’t already been said over the past forty years – probably not a lot as here we have a band who have consistently and continuously made their mark on the NWOBHM scene.
Tonight’s set from the band was ablaze with adrenaline from start to finish and was a powder keg of songs that included the long standing crowd pleasing tracks ‘Shoot Out The Lights’, ‘It’s Electric’ and a particular rare live performance of ‘Knights Of The Sword’.
But as much as those great songs will always remain iconic of Diamond Head’s achievements, it was the opportunity to hear some of their new material, including the songs such a ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Bones’ played live, which really did hit the spot for me tonight!
There is something quite awesome about the bands recent writings and self titled release ‘Diamond Head’ as it marries both their ageless sound and style, which we all know and love, with a freshness of energy and to me, that all equates to the start of great things still to come from the band.
As for the highlight of the evening, well for me that has to be without doubt, the most anticipated song of the set ‘Am I Evil?‘. A Highlight not just because it is synonymous to Diamond Head but because both band and audience gave it 150%, which really was the most fantastic experience to be part of.
The next couple of months will see Diamond Head touring the UK and judging by tonight’s performance for the band, what a tour that is going to be!
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.