Diamond Head
Borrowed Time


4.5
superb

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Diamond Head are overcomed by their success, and turn to play a more commercial sound. Fortunately, they still manage to create an amazing album.

Diamond Head was one of the more famous and successful bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their debut, Lightning to the Nations, is widely considered one of the bests from the genre, alongside with Iron Maiden and Angel Witch's self-titled.
After releasing their debut and achieving mainstream success the band signed a record deal with MCA Records, and sat down to record Four Cuts EP and their second full-length album Borrowed Time.
The album obtained even more commercial success, even though the critical responses for it were diverse, some of them saying the band sold out. That statement may in fact be true, seeing as the sound has evolved and became more commercial contrasting the debut, but Borrowed Time remains to be one of the greatest records of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

In their second studio album, Diamond Head abandoned the heaviness, almost completely, and instead embraced some Progressive Rock elements. The two 7-minute long epics, Don’t You Ever Leave Me and the title track demonstrate this point perfectly, while other songs such as Call Me show some different Pop influences.

Borrowed Time actually contains only five new tracks, as two of the tracks, Am I Evil and Lightning to the Nations, was already released on the band's debut. Many people believe the tracks were included because of the band's lack of originality, or that it was the manager's way of earning money without working, but the actual reason is that Lightning was meant to be a demo album, and Borrowed Time was supposed to be their debut, so the band decided to take their two favorite tracks from the supposed 'demo' and put them in the real album. This didn’t work out, though, seeing as the former is the band's highest selling album of all time.

The album's opener, In The Heat Of The Night, and Call Me are both power ballads, strongly signifying the band's approach to a more mainstream sound. Both of the songs are characterized by very cheesy lyrics and title, and simple power chord verses and choruses. In The Heat is the more complex of these two, containing some beautiful licks and passages, and a great solo. Call Me is far simpler, but it's still an amazing catchy track. The other three tracks, though, are where the band really shines.
To Heaven From hell is probably the closest song Diamond Head ever made to Am I Evil. Three minutes in, the song turns unexpectedly from Heavy Metal to Thrash. It contains some of the band's best riffs, and after a solo it ends with Sean Bean's emotional singing in an Iron Maiden-like bridge.
The two epics, Don’t You Ever Leave Me and the title track really fulfill the album's purpose with the most Progressive sound. Both of the songs have beautiful long solos, and some interesting riff movements. Don’t You Ever Leave Me, in particular, has some of Colin Kimberley's finest bass riffs. The songs ends up with an emotional and beautiful bluesy acoustic part, with a stunning guitar solo and, once again, a great vocal delivery, which rounds up to be one of the greatest parts of the album.

The reworked Lightning to the Nations tracks remain, unsurprisingly, extremely true to the originals, and they fail to be anything more than unimportant skippable tracks.
While looking at the new, original material, though, it easily contains some of Diamond Head's best moments, and despite the fact that the band played a more commercial sound, each member of the band is at the top of his game, and the music sounds amazing. This album is recommended to everyone who loved Lightning To The Nations.
On the next album, unfortunately, Diamond Head will sell out, and will make their downfall.

Borrowed Time was released in September 27, 1982. The record label is MCA and it is 42:10 minutes long.

Recommended Tracks:
- Dont You Ever Leave Me
- Borrowed Time
- To Heaven From Hell

Personnel:
Sean Harris – vocals
Brian Tatler – guitar
Colin Kimberley – bass
Duncan Scott – drums



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ViperAces
November 3rd 2012


12466 Comments


I ditched the 'Production' section as some have suggested.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


19918 Comments


about time you did another review.

i haven't heard this band.

good review

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

diamond head m/

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CaptainDooRight
November 3rd 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sik a solid rev for a solid band, yahee yaheee Pos'd


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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


20993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos'd

Album rules.

ViperAces
November 3rd 2012


12466 Comments


Thank you all.
Yeah Atari, Im preety lazy when it comes to writing, even when Im enjoying it. You should check these out, btw, seeing you like Maiden that much.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

steely eyes of a silvery people (um i think)

ViperAces
November 3rd 2012


12466 Comments


WHAT BEFOLDS US
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGGGGHHHTTTT

PsychicChris
November 3rd 2012


217 Comments


Paragraph formatting is a little off but a great review. Sean Harris always has kept me from venturing too far into Diamond Head, personally. That and not being able to find an album of theirs for shit...

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


19918 Comments


damn they really sound that much like maiden? i'm stoked to check them out

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm they not really sound like maiden much atari, but get lightning to the nations for a first dabble

ViperAces
November 3rd 2012


12466 Comments


No they are quite uniqe actually (so are Maiden). They both are British Heavy Metal though, and Diamond Head is usually the thing you check after Maiden.

@Chris: I actually really like Sean Harris. I guess its just a personal preference though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


19918 Comments


gotcha, yeah i like priest and maiden, i've actually been meaning to check them out for a while

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


19918 Comments


Any ideas for my 50th review? : D

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


19918 Comments


lmao mark you're alive and i don't think so : P

lostforwords
November 3rd 2012


446 Comments


Very good review, justified opinions and all, pos from me.
However I don't really agree with the rating, I can't say I find this nearly as good as their debut

KingHarkinian
November 3rd 2012


435 Comments


Diamond cock.

KingHarkinian
November 3rd 2012


435 Comments


This album is awful. pos

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2012


4442 Comments


Good review, Viper. I've always enjoyed this band myself at times. Good stuff, POS'd.

KingHarkinian
November 3rd 2012


435 Comments


stop it skeletorissatan! I'm feeling hit! Don't you know that you are hurting my feelings?




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