Massive Metal (belated) Monday: Diamond Head- “Lightning to the Nations”


All day yesterday, I thought it was Sunday. I had to work anyway, so it did not feel like a holiday Monday. So, I hope you’ll forgive my tardiness with my Massive Metal Monday shout out.

When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early 80′s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two hour radio show that came from WOXY, the radio station of Miami University, just across the state line in Oxford Ohio. It was called “Massive Metal for the Masses” and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer and countless others. This is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it “Massive Metal Mondays.” Every week, I pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metalheads. So, without further delay I give you Diamond Head’s “Lightning to the Nations,” the title track of their 1980 debut album.