Diamond Head's biggest claim to fame may well be its influence on heavy metal behemoth Metallica. The latter has covered several songs by the former, most notably "Am I Evil?," which Metallica even recorded as the b-side of 1984's "Creeping Death" EP. At the 2011 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich even flat out admitted that without the influential work of Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler there was "a pretty good chance that none of us would be here." Formed in 1976 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Diamond Head failed to achieve the success of its peers — Iron Maiden, Saxon, Venom — thanks to poor management and label woes, but its considerable influence lives on through the countless NWOBHM-inspired acts that have come in its wake.
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