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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 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.

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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!

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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.

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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)





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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