Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes

Overview

Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium.

The road to Canadian musical glory is not lined with the palm trees and top-down convertibles of the Sunset Strip. It is a road slick with black ice, obscured by blizzards, and littered with moose and ...

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Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes

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Overview

Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium.

The road to Canadian musical glory is not lined with the palm trees and top-down convertibles of the Sunset Strip. It is a road slick with black ice, obscured by blizzards, and littered with moose and deer that could cause peril for a cube van thundering down a Canadian highway.

Drawing 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, we relive their experiences, motivations, and lifestyles as they strove for that most alluring of brass rings – the coveted record deal. It's a new perspective on the dreams of musicians shooting for an American ideal of success and discovering a uniquely Canadian voice in the process.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/16/2013
Veteran rocker Kelly provides a fascinating history of Canadian hard rock. The author combines a methodical approach with obvious enthusiasm for his subject, first setting the stage by introducing the significant figures in this field, icons such as Anvil, Coney Hatch, Harem Scarem, Helix, Killer Dwarfs and more. What follows is an celebration of the world of hard rock, ranging from the demanding lifestyle forced on Canada's itinerant musicians by that nation's thinly settled geography to the challenges of trying to expand into the U.S. market, from Canadian rock journalism to the exploitive machinations of the music industry of the day, and from the heights of the golden age of the 1970s and 1980s to the dark age of the 1990s, when hard rock and metal were pushed aside by the grunge fad; the one element that gets short shrift are the women of Canadian rock, relegated to a single chapter. Drawing on his own experiences and that of the musicians he interviewed, the author has created a masterful account whose main flaw, aside from its focus on men, is brevity; the reader is left hoping this is merely introductory and works of greater depth will follow. (Oct.)
alancross.ca - Alan Cross
Sean Kelly understands this need for documentation and celebration.
From the Publisher

Metal on Ice is a mini encyclopedia of Canadian Metal. It is a book of memories for those that lived it and a wealth of info for those that didn’t. Even if you were there or grew up in that era listening to the music you will enjoy reading the stories from the artists you looked up to as a teen. ...Essential reading for ALL metal music fans.

Just finished reading the Sean Kelly book Metal on Ice. For those of you who are fans of Canadian '80s rock this is a real page turner. Growing up, Sean was a real fan of Canadian bands like Coney Hatch, Brighton Rock, Honeymoon Suite, Harem Scarem, Killer Dwarfs, Helix, etc. and wrote this book about how it influenced his life. The book is filled with great interviews and road stories and fond (and not so fond!) memories of the '80s and early '90s Canadian Rock scene. Highly recommended!

Veteran rocker Kelly provides a fascinating history of Canadian hard rock.

...if there truly is a School of Rock, there is no doubt that Metal on Ice will be on the curriculum.

Metal On Ice puts you onstage with a pointy guitar, in a van with no heat in Alberta, and inside clubs like Rock'N' Roll Heaven with the bands and in their own words. Awesome reading.

The book can be summarized as equal part history lesson, advice for musicians, as well as a long overdue shout out to those early Canadian hard rock heroes (too many to mention) who busted their asses, chasing their musical dreams.

If this book were a song, it would be a lighter-waving power ballad to Canadian bands such as Helix, Coney Hatch, Honeymoon Suite, Killer Dwarfs and more.

Metal on Ice is a walk down memory lane with a group of friends you never met, yet they have sung their hearts out to you over many years.

... it's a quick way to remember a time long ago, when MuchMusic ruled the airwaves and vans had astral princesses riding intergalactic dragons painted on the side.

beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca
Sean Kelly has done an admirable job of tracing the evolution of rock north of the 49th parallel...
alancross.ca
Sean Kelly understands this need for documentation and celebration
Metal-rules.com
Metal on Ice is a mini encyclopedia of Canadian Metal. It is a book of memories for those that lived it and a wealth of info for those that didn’t. Even if you were there or grew up in that era listening to the music you will enjoy reading the stories from the artists you looked up to as a teen. ...Essential reading for ALL metal music fans.
www.bravewords.com
Just finished reading the Sean Kelly book Metal on Ice. For those of you who are fans of Canadian '80s rock this is a real page turner. Growing up, Sean was a real fan of Canadian bands like Coney Hatch, Brighton Rock, Honeymoon Suite, Harem Scarem, Killer Dwarfs, Helix, etc. and wrote this book about how it influenced his life. The book is filled with great interviews and road stories and fond (and not so fond!) memories of the '80s and early '90s Canadian Rock scene. Highly recommended!
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
...if there truly is a School of Rock, there is no doubt that Metal on Ice will be on the curriculum.
provocativepenguin.com
Metal On Ice puts you onstage with a pointy guitar, in a van with no heat in Alberta, and inside clubs like Rock'N' Roll Heaven with the bands and in their own words. Awesome reading.
loudguitars.com
The book can be summarized as equal part history lesson, advice for musicians, as well as a long overdue shout out to those early Canadian hard rock heroes (too many to mention) who busted their asses, chasing their musical dreams.
San Antonio Express-News
If this book were a song, it would be a lighter-waving power ballad to Canadian bands such as Helix, Coney Hatch, Honeymoon Suite, Killer Dwarfs and more.
welovemetal.com
Metal on Ice is a walk down memory lane with a group of friends you never met, yet they have sung their hearts out to you over many years.
vueweekly.com
... it's a quick way to remember a time long ago, when MuchMusic ruled the airwaves and vans had astral princesses riding intergalactic dragons painted on the side.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459707092
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,030,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Kelly is the 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Players
Chapter 2:  The Motivations
Chapter 3: The Road
Chapter 4: The Big Deal
Chapter 5: The Border
Chapter 6: The Peaks
Chapter 7: The Valleys
Chapter 8:  The Epilogue
Discography

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