Sunday, March 6, 2016

Diamond Head - Am I Evil

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Am I Evil?" is a song by British heavy metal band DIAMOND HEAD released on their 1980 debut album "Lightning to the Nations". The song was written by vocalist Sean Harris and guitarist Brian Tatler and released on Happy Face Records, the band's own label. The song was immediately popular among the metal circles in the United Kingdom around the time of its release, but only rose to international prominence after METALLICA covered as a B-side on their "Creeping Death" single in 1984; the cover was re-released on their 1998 covers album Garage Inc. The song was influenced by the BLACK SABBATH song "Symptom of the Universe."

The song was originally released on DIAMOND HEADs "Lightning to the Nations", but then also re-recorded for their second album Borrowed Time. It remains a live favorite and is still included in the band's setlist to this day. However, Sean Harris has gotten fed up with continually playing "Am I Evil?", one of the reasons he took the stage dressed as the Grim Reaper during their performance at the National Bowl.

The song has roots with Gustav Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War" (from The Planets Suite)

DIAMOND HEAD are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as METALLICA and MEGADETH as an important early influence.

Today's Sunday classic "Am I Evil" with DIAMOND HEAD, enjoy!

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