There is no arguing that today’s business world suffers from a severe lack of METAL. And thus it has been for quite some time now, despite the fact that, for the past 50 years or so, Heavy Metal Musicians have created lucrative global brands from basic four-chord progressions and… denim jackets. And not exactly in silence.
Why is it that modern business people have so profoundly failed to embrace more metal in their everyday journey to the Top Management Levels?
Frankly, we don’t know. We sense that there is some “fear of flying”, some “nobody has done it that way before” and “I’m so uncool I HAD to go to business school to compensate” involved in the matter. But even more frankly, we might just not give a shit.
We act, instead. And this is where it all begins.
Heavy Metal Management is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-read, management guide-book that takes a realistic view on what can be accomplished with a few (or a shitload) doses of Heavy Metal in the management stew.
You want fame and success, right? You want people to throw themselves at your feet, buying T-shirts with your picture and name, and you want to have it all, right now, right?
Good news: it CAN be done!
Bad news: It takes work. There ain’t no getting anyplace with some “one minute management” here and some “search for excellence” there.
Back to good news: it’s still attainable. You’re probably already working your butt off, right? So why not do it with a bit of Hell Bent For Leather-Attitude?
After all, if the Great Heroes of Heavy Metal are, as your mom and dad probably claimed in the seventies, a bunch of no-good half-wits, how come it’s them laughing all the way to the bank in their Ferrari’s and not you?
Regardless of your sex, it takes BALLS to pull that off.
And here’s the best news: We’re gonna help you all the way.
Just buy our book and let’s get rolling!
Hans-Olov Öberg is a reformed Investment Banker turned Crime Novel Writer and Publisher. He began his career as a Business Intelligence Analyst with seb, and then spent a several years as a Financial Editor with Affärsvärlden.
In the mid-nineties, he dived headfirst into the financial markets and a several years with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Folksam Asset Management—and worse firms— ensued. Since 2008 he devotes full-time to his crime novels and running the publishing company Bullet Point Publishing.
He plays a multitude of musical instruments in many styles and is equally likely to be found playing heavy metal guitar, be-bop saxophone or even classical recorder.
Pär-Jörgen Pärson is a Venture Capitalist with one of Europe’s leading firms, Northzone. He is on the Board of online music sensa- tion Spotify, Russian online classifieds giant Avito.ru, payments provider iZettle and other fast growing technology companies in Europe and United States.
In the early nine-ties he spent five years at McKinsey & Co but then turned consumer goods entrepreneur and subsequently into a venture investor.
Pär-Jörgen likes to put his collection of vintage guitars to work through his Marshall stack and gladly belts out his signature version of Hendrix’ Purple Haze for anyone who dares to listen.
*Re-blogged from: Heavy Metal Management
February 15, 2013 | Categories: Demolish A.D., Guest Blogger | Tags: Bullet Point Books, Bullet Point Publishing, Hans-Olov Öberg, Hans-Olov Öberg Swedish, Heavy Metal management, Heavy Metal management book, Pär-Jörgen Pärson, Pär-Jörgen Pärson Swedish, Swedish Metal, Swedish Metal Book | Leave A Comment »
Review by Kinger
I would like to start this review by sending out my sincere apologies to the band for such a delayed write-up. I received this CD quite some time ago (gee, was this really sent out last January! -ed). I guess an explanation of some sort is in order.
I think everyone knows by now that we are predominantly an 80′s online Metal Mag. But due to the overwhelming support and feedback we’ve received to date, we decided to start covering new Metal under the DEMOLISH A.D. moniker. Well, little did I know that the flood-gates would break wide open and would be instantly bombarded with so much new material that it would make yer’ head spin! Hey – I ain’t complaining here but let it be known that there is a LARGE-ASS queue at the moment. As a matter-of-fact, the “clearing” of said queue is starting right here and now with a kick-ass Swedish band called CELLOUT.
I must confess that when I received their e-mail that I wasn’t that thrilled by the band name and CD title. I know, I know – don’t judge the music from the name and or cover alone. But it just seemed to me that the name would be anti-climactic and might even go against the band in some way for some reason. Not sure why…just being honest here.
Once I got over the name, I gave the guys from their label the green light to send over a promo package [thanks Michael Phelan!], which I promptly received. I am glad some things have changed regarding reviews and modern-day postal service. I know it used to take a month [or more] to get stuff from overseas back in the day.
So this is what happens when a “metal” guy [Percy Mejhagen] who counts Sepultura, Machine Head, Korn and Pantera among his early favorites) gets together with a melodic rock fan + guitarist [Robert Monegrim] to jam?
Upon first listen I wasn’t disappointed at all. It was well-produced and had plenty of hooks and melodic grooves and genuine heaviness! The radio-friendly “Dark Days” was extremely catchy and I found that after multiple spins in the car that I began to reach for this CD (even though I probably had at least 100 more choices sitting right beside it) and this was the 1st track I cued. And let me just state that this is typically NOT what I listen to at all and or how I listen to music, but somehow CELLOUT was able to change my listening habits and break the chain.
Evidently this album has been a long time coming with early demos dating back to early 2000′s and I can imagine for some, that this is just going to be considered a “throwback” from almost a decade ago. Big mistake! Their music is not ground-breaking of course as there are many bands before them treading these same waters, but they just do what they do – and really well I might add. No one can fault them for that. I seriously doubt that they sat down to emulate anyone on purpose although they do sometimes wear their influences proudly on their sleeve(s).
“Personally, I’m a sucker for melodies – The sweeter the better, but with a dirty twist to them.” —Percy Mejhagen
So what genre(s) or style came to mind while jamming to this?
A more melodic PANTERA perhaps. Haters might even call it a “nu-Metal” type recording but this is not really totally “nu Metal (God – I hate that term anyway – ed)” The material is highly commercial yes but the arrangements are not wimpy at all. Some have even went as far as comparing them to NICKELBACK. I am not so sure about that one. It would have to be a much HEAVIER version of the Kroeger bros!
The album, which was actually released last year on Nuerra Records was mixed by veteran producer Ulrich Wild (Seething, Pantera, Deftones, Static-X to name a few), and very heavy and notably detailed throughout. Mr. Wild has been around for a while kids as he was nominated for a Grammy for best engineered non-classical album waaaaay back in 1995 for his work with WHITE ZOMBIE. I am not sure how large the budget was for this project but their sound is certainly “BIG”.
Without going into too many details there were a few moments on a couple of songs where the singer and or band did not quite “pull it off” and these sections could have been left off the CD entirely. Nothing too outrageous or anything, just some average-sounding riffs or lyrics and or uninspired performance aspects. That’s just my personal preference and I am sure there will be someone out there (maybe a chic -ed) who will recall these parts or songs as their personal favorites. It could be that these aren’t really that bad but since the other songs are so much more catchy and or anthem-like that these pale in comparison.
Peep the following video/song for the song “As I Fall”, which kinda’ resembles some older KORN material and then goes into a more melodic structure.
I must also recommend that you give a special listen to this CD with headphones on as you will hear all sorts of ambient noise, cool samples in the background/sound scape, synths, killer background vox shouts and other misc. audio “whatnots” throughout. I dig the electronica elements and I wish they were a bit louder in the mix.
All-in-all this a really solid and promising first effort with excellent musicianship. If you are a fan of this style of Metal in general – then you will love this. I would sure like to hear more from this band in the future. I think as they write more material they will come into their own sound if-you-will. Highly recommended!
Percy Mejhagen (Vocals/Guitar)
Robert Monegrim (Guitar)
Anders Sevebo (Bass)
Martin Karlsson (Drums)
01. Dark Days
02. All My Demons Inside
03. The Gift
05. Set Things Straight
08. As I Fall
10. In My Arms
11. The Tragedy In You
July 4, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: "As I Fall" - Cellout, "Dark Days" - Cellout, Anders Sevebo (Bass), CELLOUT, Cellout pic Tage Rönnqvist, CELLOUT Swedish metal band, Martin Karlsson (Drums), Nuerra Records, Percy Mejhagen (Vocals/Guitar), produced by Ulrich Wild, producer Ulrich Wild, Robert Monegrim (Guitar), Superstar Prototype, Swedish Metal, Tage Rönnqvist, Tage Rönnqvist photographer | Leave A Comment »
Niklas Eriksson - Vocal & Guitar | Thomas Norstedt – Drums | David Axman - Bass
Self-described as a “progressive sludge trio”, COLOSSUS have got some decent airplay and recognition in Swedish radio as of late.
The band was also chosen as one of 6 finalist bands to play at the Wacken Metal Battle.
According to the band, they are in the process of releasing their début EP entitled “Spiritual Myiasis”. The first three (EP) tracks are streaming in high-quality mp3 [through Soundcloud player below].
*Names that are commonly mentioned in relation to Colossus are Mastodon, Neurosis, Kyuss and Tool to name a few (in case you need something to align your “influence meter” while listening).
Enjoy the other free downloads as well.
*It’s good to finally see some Metal bands who are down with the Cloud!
Get in touch with this promising trio as their fan base is growing and they’re eager to expand their territory.
April 26, 2011 | Categories: Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: Colossus, Colossus - Stockholm band, Colossus - Stockholm Sludge, Colossus - Stockholm trio, Colossus - Sweden, David Axman, Niklas Eriksson, Power trio 2011, Spiritual Myiasis, Spiritual Myiasis (EP), Swedish Metal, Thomas Norstedt, Wacken Metal Battle, WackMetal Finalist Band | Leave A Comment »
Although originating from the U.S. (Midwest), Demolish Metal Fanzine always takes great pride in being an international fanzine as opposed to only covering a “local scene” and or just a single genre or style. Some of the first material I received for review was a great band from Sweden called OVERHEAT. One of my Metal friends’ always raves about these guys and upon hearing their latest demos I can certainly see why! One of their founding members (Janne) is a fellow “pen pal” of mine and we trade lots of rare tapes and such, so when it came time to figure out who to compile my first blog post on, it was a no-brainer.
Gernot Iverson : Lead Vocals
Janne Stark: Lead Guitar
Pelle Thuresson: Bass
Paul Gustavsson: Drums
The Story (from their bio):
Janne and Pelle have played together in different bands since their childhood. Their most well-known band being OVERDRIVE, with whom they recorded one 12″ EP and two albums before splitting up in June 1985. Janne and Pelle (who was then lead singer but after their split-up, switched over to playing bass) decided to carry on and form a new band.
In December 1985 they were accompanied by drummer Paul Gustav’s son who had just left the band HIGH VOLTAGE. His “claim-to-fame” is two recordings with heavy rockers MERCY with one 12″ EP and LP.
The band now had a complete rhythm section and also a new name: OVERHEAT.
They started rehearsing and writing material and in November 1986 (when the band was completed with a singer) they had already written almost 30 songs! The singer’s name is: Gernot Iverson and he is (like Paul) an ex-HIGH VOLTAGE member as well.
Now with a complete line up they recorded their first demo Vol. 1 (in May-June 1987), which was produced, arranged, mixed, engineered, recorded and performed by the band. This demo has the songs: “Fight to the Finish”, “Realm of Freedom”, “L.J.M.S.”, “I Do Believe” and “High On You”.
Listen to “Fight to the Finish”
It was recorded in a barn with a four-track Tascam porta studio. The songs are mostly written by Janne Stark and arranged by the band.
This limited tape was not sent out to very many Metal Fanzines (if any).
Listen to “Realm of Freedom”
Their musical style could be described as “heavy, yet melodic/70′s-influenced hard rock”.
*special thanks to Mr. Joe St. Laurent (Joe’s Imports, WA.) for the original hook-up.
Prior to OVERHEAT, Janne was also a member of the excellent band called OVERDRIVE. So, this article would not be complete without letting you know about these Swedish rockers as well!
*This rare scan (above) was from their press kit, which appeared in many Metal Fanzines worldwide.
let’s take a trip down “memory-lane”!
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December 5, 2009 | Categories: Demo Dungeon, Demolish Issue #1 | Tags: demolish, High Voltage, Janne Stark, Mercy, Metal Attack, Music, Overdrive, Overheat, Reflexions, Swedish Metal, Swords and Axes | 5 Comments »