British heavy metal icons DIAMOND HEAD are pleased to unveil a lyric video for “The Sleeper.” The tune comes by way of the band’s critically-lauded The Coffin Train full-length, released earlier this year via Silver Lining Music.
Their fourth single, “The Sleeper” is epic, commencing with calm and sober vocals that build into a poignant and powerful riff and chorus that takes the listener on a dark, reflective journey.
Of the track, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersens comments, “It’s such a big sounding track that it almost takes you on a cinematic journey. ‘The Sleeper’ is a follow up to ‘Silence’ off the last record. We had fans who loved the orchestral elements and I wanted to give them some more. It was inspired by a favorite Sci-fi movie from my childhood.” Adds guitarist Brian Tatler, “Starting life in 2016 with the main riff, I decided to demo it and see if I could make it into a song. With a bit of work this grew into a powerful monster with Ras’ lyrics inspired by the 1984 film Dune. It’s very moody and dynamic with brilliant orchestration.”
The Coffin Train, DIAMOND HEAD‘s eighth studio album, is a glorious testimony to Brian Tatler and Rasmus Bom Andersens’ masterful ability to create the flavors necessary for prime DIAMOND HEAD music. At once fresh and exuberant while also being a stone-cold classic slice of old-school heavy metal excellence, the record is packed with the sort of riff-fueled power for which the band is known. The Coffin Train was recorded in several different places with guitars, bass, and vocals captured at Vigo Studios in Walsall and drums at Circle Studios in Birmingham. The album was produced and mixed at Ras’ Raw Sound Studio in London.
When it comes to the concepts behind The Coffin Train, Tatler left the heart to Bom Andersens, who being a thinker and life-conceptualizer, doesn’t lack sources of inspiration. DIAMOND HEAD have not only managed to create an album of pure heavy metal intensity, they have created a timeless aural statement which feels destined to see them delivering both TheCoffin Train and DH 2.0 to more fans than ever.
Following an electrifying performance at Wacken Open Air, DIAMOND HEAD are relentless in their quest to bring The Coffin Train to stages around the globe. The band will tour through Europe for the rest of 2019 and are confirmed on the lineup of two very special UK shows with NWOBHM giants, Saxon, which will take place on October 19th at the legendary Hammersmith in London and October 20th at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. The band will also support Black Star Riders as well as Uriah Heep on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
8/24/2019 Stonedeaf Festival – Newark-on-Trent, UK
9/01/2019 Posada – Câmpulung Muscel, RO
10/18/2019 Patti Pavilion – Swansea, UK
10/19/2019 Eventim Apollo – London, UK w/ Saxon
10/20/2019 O2 Apollo Manchester – Manchester, UK w/ Saxon
10/26/2019 Mitsubishi Electric Halle – Düsseldorf, DE w/ Saxon
10/30/2019 Gimle – Roskilde, DK w/ Black Star Riders
10/31/2019 KB – Kultur Bolaget – Malmö, SE w/ Black Star Riders
11/01/2019 Fryhuset Klubben – Stockholm, SE w/ Black Star Riders
11/02/2019 Trädgården – Götenburg, SE w/ Black Star Riders
11/03/2019 Vulkan – Oslo, NO w/ Black Star Riders
11/05/2019 Talo – Tampere Klubbi, FI w/ Black Star Riders
11/06/2019 The Circus – Helsinki, FI w/ Black Star Riders
11/09/2019 Hard Rock Hell Festival – Wales, UK
11/12/2019 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/13/2019 Die Kantine – Cologne, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/14/2019 Reithalle – Dresden, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/15/2019 Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/16/2019 Cornwall Rocks Festival – Tencreek, Cornwall, UK
11/18/2019 Backstage Halle – Munich, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/19/2019 Hirsch – Nurnberg, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/20/2019 Nova Chmelnice – Prague, CZ w/ Black Star Riders
11/21/2019 Anchor E.V. – Leipzig, DE w/ Black Star Riders
11/29/2019 Winter Storm Festival – Troon, UK
12/04/2019 The LCR – Norwich, UK w/ Uriah Heep
12/05/2019 S’boro Market Hall – Scarborough, UK
12/06/2019 Bex Hill De La Warr Pavilion – Saint Newlyn East, UK w/ Uriah Heep
12/07/2019 KK’s Steel Mill – Wolverhampton, UK w/ Uriah Heep
1/09/2020 Ice Rock Festival – Wasen Im Emmental, SE
1/25/2020 The Giants Of Rock – Butlin’s Minehead Resort, UK
3/01/2020 Winter’s End 2020 – Sandford Holiday Park, Dorset, UK
9/23-28/2020 Full Metal Cruise – Kiel, DE