2. Diamond Head – Canterbury (1982)
Diamond Head loved to experiment and their progression from Lightning To The Nations revolutionary raw noise, to the commercialised rock monster of Borrowed Time indicated they were never going to be a band to rest on their laurels.
When the time came to release their 3rd opus, Canterbury, Diamond Head fans could be forgiven for expecting more of the mainstream Metal found on Borrowed Time but they were in for another shock.
Diamond Head had decided another change in tact would serve them well and although Canterbury is undeniably accomplished, fiercely intelligent and utterly fearless it unfortunately sent their career careening downhill fast.
So, what went wrong?
Perhaps NWOBHM fans weren’t ready for Freddie Mercury-esque, piano-driven odes to Tudor life (the title track), perhaps they balked at the middle-eastern tinged melodic AOR of “Ishmael” and the Led Zeppelin-isms of “The Kingmaker”, perhaps Diamond Head were simply too desperate to prove their worth and altered their sound too often without first establishing a loyal fan-base.
Whatever the reason for this album not being a massive success it’s high time NWOBHM fans gave it’s undeniable riches another chance to shine; forget the naysayers and give this underrated British classic another spin.