metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk
  VARIOUS ARTISTS
'METAL ON ICE' EP
(Coalition Records)


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus



metal on ice

As you may or may not recall, in July MetalTalk shared a news story and insight into 'Metal On Ice' which for all intents and purposes is a celebration of Canadian Hard Rock music from the 80s and called by some 'The New Wave of Canadian Heavy Metal' or NWOCHM!

Check out this link for a reminder.

Swimming in internationally recognised artists such as Lee Aaron, Helix and Coney Hatch amongst many others, Canada should be quietly proud that there is still a demand for this music that Rocked their cities and towns. How do we know there is still a demand I hear you cry? Well, this E.P. is thanks to support and donations via the mighty PledgeMusic.com website, where artists and bands can set up a campaign to raise funding for various initiatives. Those familiar with Ginger Wildheart and his record breaking moments with raising money to record various albums will already know about fan power.

Article continues below...





A complementary seven track extended player called 'Metal On Ice' is available thanks to just such a campaign, as this collaboration of Canadian talents gathered momentum and re-recorded some classic moments from the decade that brought us big hair and shoulder pads. For those who want to sing-a-long to such anthems as 'Heavy Metal Love', 'Metal Queen' and 'Hey Operator', then this release will be of interest. Thankfully I can report that these newer recordings have lost none of the emotion, passion and energy that made them such golden nuggets in the first place.

If you purchased the 1983 album 'No Rest For The Wicked' by Helix, then you'll be familiar with the first song 'Heavy Metal Love'. The continuity is evident for those who wish to wrap their ears around some nostalgic old skool Hard Rock when 'Metal Queen', the title track of Lee Aaron's second album from 1984 receives a reboot!

metal on ice

Frontman for hard working Canadian Rockers Slik Toxik, Nick Walsh, provides his talents to 'On The Road To Rock' which is followed by Carl Dixon of Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who, to provide 'Hey Operator'.

Instantly recognisable as Rock music from the 80s with the song arrangements, presentation and feel, these really are fun. It's really smart paying respect to the Headpins debut 'Turn It Loud' from 1982 and including the voice of Darby Mills on 'Don't It Make Ya Feel' plus Russ 'Dwarf' Graham from the Killer Dwarfs gives 'Keep The Spirit Alive' a good reworking. Both add to the ebb and flow of this collection which incorporates the 80s vibe within its continuity.

Thanks to a book by Sean Kelly called 'Metal On Ice: Tales From Canada's Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Heroes', which is currently available as a paperback I noticed, this is a companion release placing the music in your ears so you don't have to imagine the music. It's a fabulous idea and concept as this enables a greater understanding and provides those who are unfamiliar with that decade, an extra dimension to digest.

With Sean Kelly at the helm as Producer alongside Aaron Murray, they should hold their heads high with pride as they have not only set about representing a decade in Canadian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, but have injected some life in to the music.

metal on ice

The final moment on this E.P. arrives in the shape of the title track which was composed by Sean Kelly and Nick Walsh.

Incidentally, Walsh also produced this final song. It rounds off what is a cool step back in time when piercing the thread of the past. It won't shake your foundations with anything radical, and it certainly doesn't push that decade in to the future. Instead it reminds us of some great times during the 80s and suitably pays homage.

If nothing else, it might persuade you to look out for the book which inspired this release? That in of itself is perhaps a positive outcome and shows what a success this project has been.

1. Heavy Metal Love
2. Metal Queen
3. On The Road To Rock
4. Hey Operator
5. Don't It Make Ya Feel
6. Keep The Spirit Alive
7. Metal On Ice

Brian Vollmer – Vocals (Track 1); Lee Aaron – Vocals (Track 2); Nick Walsh – Vocals (Track 3); Carl Dixon – Vocals (Track 4); Darby Mills – Vocals (Track 5); Russ Dwarf – Vocals (Track 6); Sean Kelly – Guitars (All tracks); Dave Langguth - Drums (All tracks); Daryl Gray – Bass (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6); Victor Langen – Bass (Track 3); Nick Walsh – Bass (Track 7)

beerbeerbeerbeerbeer


4.11.13







NOW AEROSMITH FANS CAN HAVE THEIR NAME IN FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

aerosmith

Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.

aerosmith

As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:



Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.







 


metal talk © All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2017, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.