Diamond Head
Borrowed Time


3.5
great

Review

by Gregg Martin USER (5 Reviews)
June 16th, 2011 | 52 replies | 6,625 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's still Diamond Head, but it's not... Diamond Head?

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

"After their masterful first album, Diamond Head were largely touted as the most promising stars of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band soon turned into its own biggest disappointment, however, with the release of 1982's Borrowed Time: a textbook case of a misunderstanding record company tampering with a successful formula, and a band too naïve to know any better." - Allmusic Borrowed Time review

Being a Diamond Head fan, I would argue against the statement listed above, mostly due to the fact that Diamond Head still remains strong after many years, the statement "tampering with their own formula" is partly true. The highly successful Lightning to the Nations remains a hit for metal fans across the world, and these rockers still influence rockers time and time again. But they did abandon it. Gone are the heavy riffs that were present, gone is the haunting feel that "Am I Evil?" downright presented on a platter, and now more straightforward to a more progressive rock mix. Though it is still an enjoyable record, a previously ambitious one, that being said Borrowed Time didn't live up to expectations fully.

A good example would have to be the opener "In the Heat of the Night", which starts off with simple guitar noting and straightforward drum beats, the very word paining me to say it, could be easily mistaken for a typical hard rock song nowadays, for the lyrical topic is far too easy to overlook. The vocal performance of Sean Harris, where as it wailed next to perfectly, almost catchy, is killed off in tracks such as "Call Me" and "Don't You Ever Leave Me" prove to be even more awkward as they progress. And out of 7 tracks (reviewing the one-disc version), there are only 5 that are new. Lightning to the Nations and Am I Evil?, though each being classic tracks, are taken from the band's famous debut, otherwise proving the lack of new material.

I once knew a girl like Borrowed Time: she was different, if not downright awkward. But I worked with her, and as time progressed, I grew to love her. I feel the same about this album: it takes a lot of time to accept the new sound, but it otherwise is still classic Diamond Head. The Sabbath-inspired guitar melodies and bass tempos come up in "To Heaven From Hell" and the 7-minute title track, both of which are the only standout tracks if you exclude the Lightning to the Nations tracks that are added in here.

If it wasn't for the new sound that completely abandoned the heaviness that rocketed through Lightning to the Nations, Borrowed Time is an otherwise excellent album, and maybe the last truly great one. Although I consider it a crime to abandon the sound that made you famous with the next album, which is a travesty, in numerous cases, Borrowed Time is an album that requires consistent listening to enjoy, but think of that girl while you're playing through this album.

Sean Harris - vocals
Brian Tatler - guitar
Colin Kimberley - bass
Duncan Scott - drums

Released in 1982 under MCA Records.

Recommended Tracks

The Lightning to the Nation tracks
From Heaven to Hell

Check out the interview by Tommy Vance on the second release and Heat of the Night b-side, it's quite interesting.


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liveatthegods
June 16th 2011



62 Comments


IT'S A MIRACLE! SOMEBODY ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT DIAMOND HEAD.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011



6734 Comments


GEt's my pos.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2011



5613 Comments


pos.

This band's biggest sin was that it decided NOT to get INTO the music industry, due to the naiveness of their manager during that time.

Imagine a band that has issued an album like Lightning to the Nations that decides not to tour, in order to support it.

At times where there was no internet no nothing....

It's a shame actually... They could have been huge...

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011



6734 Comments


They kinda deserve a bit more attention.

darkwargreymon
June 16th 2011



188 Comments


Good review. Havent heard this album before, just the song Am I Evil from Brutal Legend. I thought they were a famous band, since that track seems to be quite known...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011



6734 Comments


More like respected

KILL
June 16th 2011



67082 Comments


m/

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good album but of course nowhere near as good as LTTN.

Great review, pos'd.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

porch
June 16th 2011



8390 Comments


this review is pretty ravenrock

the double posts and immediate comments from 'liveatthegods' after all your reviews kind of give it away

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2011



30300 Comments



I once knew a girl like Borrowed Time: she was different, if not downright awkward. But I worked with her, and as time progressed, I grew to love her.


We had cute little pet names for each other; I used to call her Mother

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

BigHans
June 16th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the album but it fails mightily compared to Lightning to the Nations

ViperAces
July 2nd 2012



12358 Comments


I actually really like this. LLTN is a classic but this is awsome at least.
Borrowed Time and To Heaven From Hell are so good.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2012



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got this on vinyl. Good album.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2012



1777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It certainly is Diamond Head, and this is their second best album and a very worthy follow up to their debut. The seven-minute tracks at the end, which may or may not be too long for listeners' likings, are great examples of the band's stellar musicianship.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2012



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'decides not to tour' - do you mean in the USA ? Because in the UK and Europe they toured a lot right
from the start, in fact they were revered as one of the best live acts at the time; even when
Canterbury flopped they carried on touring for a while until they split.
But, nice review.

Digging: Atomic Ape - Swarm

ViperAces
October 26th 2012



12358 Comments


Shits underrated and so unknown here.

ViperAces
October 26th 2012



12358 Comments


I mean 3.4 what is this Disturbed?

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

iiiim living.....on borroooowed tieeeime

ViperAces
October 26th 2012



12358 Comments


Yea Il probably 4.5 it. Somone should review this sometime.



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