In the book Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
, lead guitarist Brian Tatler says this about "Am I Evil?": "Something I've realized over the years - it's very hard to write songs with dynamics like that. Even now I don't really know how to do it. It's just something that came naturally at the time. It's just something that occurred back then and we managed to record it. Somebody once said to me, 'What you ought to do is write another 10 Am-I-Evils.' And I thought, that's easy for you to say. I simply can't rewrite 'Am I Evil?' You can take it apart and put it back together, but it's what it is and you've just got to leave it be."
Also in Precious Metal
, lead singer Sean Harris says of this song: "It's such a benchmark. I still think for what it is, there ain't many songs better. The lyric is amazingly demonic, isn't it? It's probably a bit like the 'Stairway To Heaven
' thing. Somebody on your shoulder telling you what to write."
Sean Harris, who wrote all the lyrics to the songs on Lightning to the Nations
, also talks about his writing style in the same book's interview: "It was about arriving, you know. Being something, hopefully something sparkling, something new. The fantasy aspect was just sort of trying to reach beyond. I used to like Ronnie James Dio's fantasy lyrics, thought they were quite cool. And Milton, stuff like that. It's the two sides of me, I suppose, battling it out for supremacy! [Laughs]"
Dio isn't the only Black Sabbath member to have an impact on Diamond Head; their 1993 Death and Progress
album also had guest contributions from Tony Iommi.