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16th July 2013

metal on ice
Eric Lawrence (Coalition Music) Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch) Brian Vollmer (Helix) Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) Sean Kelly (Author/Music Director) Rob Lanni (Coalition Music)

Inspired by the soon-to-be-published book by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, the Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion album tells the tale of Canadian hard-rock through the rerecording of chart-topping Heavy Metal hits from the 1980s.

Slated for release in October 2013, the album will include new recordings of original hit songs by celebrated Canadian artists Brian Vollmer (Helix), Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Darby Mills (Headpins), Lee Aaron, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxik) and Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs). The project will be supported by an extensive PledgeMusic campaign, which launched yesterday.

Recognizing that Canadian Heavy Metal and hard rock artists of the 80s were pioneers in the expansion of Canadian music internationally and therefore influenced the lives of many, Kelly has partnered with Coalition Music to crank up the volume on the project. Together the team has created a list of unique opportunities for fans via PledgeMusic, allowing them to play an integral role in the recording of the Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes companion album and get an insider's look into the upcoming live shows.

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Accessible to fans today, the Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes PledgeMusic campaign offers fans the opportunity to support this important project all while gaining incredible behind-the-scenes access. Options are provided to pledging fans at all price points and include: advance copies of the album, guest list to live performances, Skype guitar lessons with participating musicians, access to a pre-show cocktail reception, a signed drumskin used at a live show, autographed guitars/microphones and the ultimate prize of spending a day in the Coalition Music (Studios) in Toronto when all six artists will be present to record, earning those in attendance the chance to have their names included in the coveted liner notes.

"The Metal On Ice project is a chance for fans to hear the stories behind the songs while reconnecting with the songs that helped shape the Canadian music landscape," said Kelly. “It also presents an opportunity for lovers of Canadian hard rock and Heavy Metal to come together in support of the genre and recognize the importance of celebrating its successes. We wanted to give true fans access to incredible experiences and believe we have done just that with the exclusive opportunities available through our PledgeMusic campaign."

With the support of an anticipated book, an album in process and a list of soon-to-be announced live performances there is no question that the Metal On Ice project will bring the stories of Canadian hard rock and Heavy Metal to life. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for updates as the project unfolds via and Facebook.

About Metal on Ice – Tunes from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroesand the Metal On Ice Project

To be released in September, 2013 and written by Billboard-charting guitarist Sean Kelly, Metal On Ice (Dundurn Press) draws on interviews with original artists such as Helix, Anvil, Coney Hatch, Killer Dwarfs, Harem Scarem and Honeymoon Suite, as well as prominent journalists, VJs and industry insiders.Reliving the lives of those striving to land the coveted record deal, Metal On Ice presents a new perspective on the dreams of musicians shooting for an American ideal of success and discovering a uniquely Canadian voice in the process.

Supporting the book, the Metal On Ice Project sees author Sean Kelly partnering with Coalition Music to provide fans of Canadian hard rock and Heavy Metal an insider's look into the creation of an album and the celebration of its release through the excitement of a live show.

About Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly is a Billboard-charting guitarist of his own band, Crash Kelly. He has released several classical guitar albums and tours as lead guitarist for Grammy Award-winning superstar Nelly Furtado. Kelly has also performed with Helix, Carl Dixon, Gilby Clarke and Carole Pope, among many others. He lives in Toronto.

About Coalition Music

Established in 1991, Coalition Music is a full service musiccompany that includes artist management, music licensing, online creative, publicity departments along with a fully functional record company, Coalition Records. The company's current artist roster includes: Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, Faber Drive, Incura, These Kids Wear Crowns, The Balconies, Ben Caplan, Barlow, Raine Maida and USS.

Since its inception, Coalition Music has been involved in the commercial release over 50 albums with combined worldwide sales exceeding 15 million albums. For more information on Coalition Music, visit



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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