Diamond Head
Canterbury


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (115 Reviews)
December 10th, 2017 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Diamond Dad Rock...

Diamond Head is hardly the first metal band to lose a grand majority of their luster after their first album, nor were they the first band to ever sell out, but the group’s timeline serves as a perfect summation of the average band devolution. On the other hand, the group’s descent from grace is shockingly all their own. Starting with 1982’s Borrowed Time, the group started to ape radio rock tropes, leading to songs like “Call Me” and “Borrowed Time” sounding more like Foreigner than heavy metal. Mix these tracks with pointless re-recordings of “Am I Evil"” and “Lightning to the Nations” and the stench of desperation will waft from the album like the stench of death from roadkill.

The weird thing about selling out is that once you start, there’s little turning back. Case in point, Canterbury. The stolen sounds of limp and plastic pop rock are in full force on Diamond Head’s third full length, to the point where any metal has been replaced with simplistic and tacky songwriting, a lack of sincerity, and synthetic background instruments. Not to say this is just another pop rock album, as songs like “The Kingmaker” and “Ishmael” are what can only be described as a medievally inspired take on progressive dad rock. Despite the few “artful” tracks, a grand majority of this record has as much life as a ***ty classics radio station that is always turned on in your father’s beige Honda Civic.

The cliché and snore inducing compositions are delivered with a minimum amount of energy and vibrance, “Makin’ Music” and “I Need Your Love” serve as perfect examples for the lack of vigor in this trite showcase of boring rock music. Completely devoid of substance, “Canterbury” is a infuriatingly nothingness of an album, with nothing going for it. It’s pure, unadulterated conformity, resulting in a bland, unenthusiastic, gray, and dull paste. The performances are as uninspired as the the songwriting, accompanied by a treble-based production that makes the record even more flat. Canterbury is nothing but mundane garbage, but you can’t usually expect anything better from trend chasers.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Listen to the album here: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/75587/Diamond-Head-Canterbury/

Thanks to Sounds for giving this a read over before I posted it.

Bad album, doesn't even slap.

Digging: Fetid - Steeping Corporeal Mess

Spacesh1p
December 10th 2017


7685 Comments


first

Fear
December 10th 2017


63 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hm...a far cry from their glory days I suppose! This is quite the misfortune...yes, glory days being 3 years prior! Haha, how quickly downhill they declined!

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i feel you my dude hehe

Drifter
December 10th 2017


15686 Comments


m/

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The exact opposite drifty

Drifter
December 10th 2017


15686 Comments


/m

MrSirLordGentleman
December 10th 2017


12462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

not THAT bad

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah it is

bloc
December 10th 2017


55882 Comments


For real though, this band has one good album and even that one is overrated

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

what bloc said



Fear
December 10th 2017


63 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I daresay better music has been pronounced by my cats arse!

LaughingSkull
December 10th 2017


599 Comments


I don't disagree with your expressed opinion and score, but it feels like you're being a bit too overzealous in your criticism, especially considering that this is an album that people generally don't care much about anyway.

bbgames
December 10th 2017


551 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

After Lightning to the Nations each Diamond Head album found a new way to be bad

RippingCorpse1986
December 10th 2017


3219 Comments


DadRock Head would've fit better imo.

Never bothered with this, but the way you've written your review brought to my mind what happened to Grave Digger after they changed their name to Digger and released Stronger Than Ever. The ''joys'' of exploring the dreariest spots of 80s hair metal/arena rock.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2017


11704 Comments


Good review Bloon (: love your avatar too

"but the group’s timeline serves as both a perfect summation of the average band devolution" - after "both" here you only mention one thing. Nitpick but it bugged me haha.

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2017


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Sorry about that scuro

MrSirLordGentleman
December 11th 2017


12462 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"For real though, this band has one good album"



yes



"and even that one is overrated"



no



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