When a band comes to town that has been covered by Metallica not once, not twice but four times, you better get your ass to the show. Diamond Head played in Salt Lake City for the first time at Liquid Joe’s on Sunday August 20, 2017.
The night opened with locals Riddled With. These guys have a nineties rock sound to them. Their vocalist Matt Hauptfleisch sounds a lot like Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd. Riddled With put on a solid set of original material and the crowd loved them.
Next up was veteran metal band Seventking. These guys know how to put on a show. They have the sound of a 80’s British Metal band crawling through them. Vocalist Mat Aspenwall has that power metal voice you just have to love. Coupled with lead guitarist Chris Chamberlain, it is easy to see why these guys are well know around the Salt Lake Valley.
Third up was the almighty Truce in Blood. Those of you that follow my reviews know I have covered these guys before and they are Salt Lake’s premiere thrash band. They have been doing thrash for as long as thrash has been around. They threw down a blistering set for the crowd, many adorning Truce in Blood tee shirts.
When it was all said and done everyone was there to see Diamond Head for the first time in Salt Lake City. As I mentioned earlier Metallica covered four Diamond Head songs over their career. “Helpless,” “The Prince,” “It’s Electric” and of course “Am I Evil.” Brian Tatler, founding guitarist is the only original member left in the band. Diamond Head played songs throughout their 41 year career including songs from their new release titled simply Diamond Head. Rasmus Bom Andersen vocals were amazing throughout the night. Tatler owned the stage during guitar solos and opening riffs and the crowd responded to every cord he played. Late in the set Anderson announced that they were coming to the end. Everyone booed, and he eloquently responded, “You all know what’s coming next so quit your whining.” Soon after that we all heard that guitar riff from Tatler we had all been waiting for followed by that drum intro by Karl Wilcox paired with the bass of Dean Ashton. It was time for the anthem “Am I Evil.” The crowd exploded as Diamond Head played the almost ten minute song which made them so popular. It was truly a living lesson in thrash metal history. The band’s final song of the night was the early classic “Streets of Gold.” As the crowd exited we talked about if Diamond Head would return one day, but weather they do or don’t we all were part of a historic night In Salt Lake City.