3 Inches of Blood
Fire Up The Blades


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
June 16th, 2007 | 60 replies | 15,745 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fire Up The Blades delivers an expectedly enjoyable metal ride that embraces the clichés of the genre rather than pushing them away.

3 Inches of Blood's intentions have come under fire since their inception, and rightfully so. Are they a joke? Aren't they a joke? Regardless of what you answer, you'll only ever be half right; half-wrong if you're a pessimist. 3 Inches of Blood are almost too metal for their own good. Metal is, and always has been, sort of an inside joke that only certain people realize (and even fewer find funny), and 3 Inches of Blood take it to the extreme. Their music is, at its core, simple and fun heavy metal; songs about marching, Orcs, sinners and daggers. Seems pretty standard by metal, ugh, standards. And it is, so why the debate? Is there even a debate to be had? If there is, there shouldn't be.

3 Inches of Blood are completely ridiculous, in a good way. Cam Pipes and Jamie Hooper are just two dudes that really, really love metal, and they sing about traditional metal things as a reflection of that. It's funny, surely, but they're not really doing anything different (lyrically) than the Helloweens and Manowars of the world. "Fire up the Blades" is the group's second offering from Roadrunner Records, and features a brand new line-up (besides Pipes and Hooper) and, to the dismay of many, Joey Jordison's debut as a producer.

It also features, to my count, roughly 37 weapons on the front cover. The blades are there, surely, but also found are some spears, a mace, and some shit I can't even name. It only gets metaller from there.

First, let's start with the vocals since they're the most noticeable thing with the group. Cam Pipes is responsible for "Cleans" and Jamie Hooper is responsible for the "Screams", but both come off as pretty harsh. Cam Pipes exclusively "sings" in the highest register he can reach (actually, it often sounds like he's singing beyond his capabilities). Imagine Halford's highest notes, only constant. Pipes' vocals haven't changed, and they're still annoying 50% of the time, but they also serve mostly as an accent to Hooper's. Jamie Hooper is a less distinguished but more tolerable vocalist, turning out harsh vocals that would fit in perfectly with heavier metal acts, mostly of the death persuasion.

While the vocals are the obvious make or break aspect of the album (and band), there's plenty of neutral ground to be found in the music. Never ones for subtlety, "Fire Up The Blades" has the group honing their blend of heavy and power metal, all the while throwing some other (equally metal) sounds. Infinite Legions starts off with a death/thrash blast of speed and aggression, while Forest King pays tribute to the legendary Holy Diver by essentially lifting the trademark bassline. Assassins of the Light starts off with two things that immediately let you know it'll kick ass; cowbell and beer. Well, I assume its beer, mostly because 3 Inches of Blood aren't a bunch of pussies. And, before you make a reference to that stupid fucking SNL skit, there is more cowbell to be found on the album. Oh, and the organ on Trial of Champions? Really nice touch, guys.

It's hard to hate this album, even with the sometimes irritating vocals. It never takes itself too seriously, a seemingly forgotten quality in heavy metal, and it meshes some of the best parts of some of the best eras. It's clearly worshipping the genre rather than setting out to revolutionize it. This is what happens when Judas Priest has predictably gay sex with Iron Maiden and Megadeth, and I say that in the nicest way possible. A lot of what's found on the album has been heard before, which should be obvious considering their influences barely reach the 90s, but all things considered this is a fun and painfully metal album that, sadly might lose some of it's initial appeal after a few weeks. Oh, and Joey Jordison does a great job with the production and [thankfully] does not make a guest appearance.

Horns Up!



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kalkal50
June 16th 2007



2386 Comments


sweet review man, but i dont know if im too interested

NightHunteR
June 16th 2007



52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, u pretty much describe exactly what the album sounds like. I noticed more thrash/speed metal influences on this album than on their last one, that's a good thing. Not revolutionising anything - as u mentioned - but it surely is an enjoyable album if you can stand the harsh vocals. Personally, i dont have any problem, i even enjoy them at times. Better than Advance and Vanquish imo

antihippy
June 16th 2007



696 Comments


these guys are hilarious. might check this album out.

jrowa001
June 16th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. so far i really like this album. the vocals dont bother me that much. infinite legions is the best song for me so far off of this. advance and vanquish is a great album too, but this one might beat it out in the long run

masscows
June 16th 2007



2236 Comments


I've heard a few of their songs, and you hit the nail on the head, the vocals are absurd (and awesome). I might get this, MIGHT, but probably not.

Good review.

joeycondom
June 16th 2007



5 Comments


This is a pretty nifty review. I purchased Advance and Vanquish quite some time ago. 3 Inches of Blood make it seem like its members were the kids playing D&D in highschool while getting their asses handed to them by the jocks on a regular basis. Needless to say their music IS pretty interesting, based on this review and my overall curiosity I'll probably check out this album. Good job on the critique.

Confessed2005
June 16th 2007



3314 Comments


3IOB are a really fun metal band so I will probably check this out.

Advance and Vanquish was quite enjoyable in small doses.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 16th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found this more enjoyable than Advance and Vanquish on the whole, but it lacks that one track (Deadly Sinners) to really push it above.

jrowa001
June 16th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

deadly sinner owned. i listened to this through its entirety today and im starting to like it a bit more than A&V. it feels more thrashier like you said. and the vocals are a lot betterThis Message Edited On 06.16.07

hermitspancho
June 16th 2007



278 Comments


i like these guys, as a few of the guys have stated they are fun,can play and write stuff that isn't too derivative . Vocals are hell but i think the review was well balanced and fair.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 16th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the stuff they write is definitely derivative, but it's more or less the point.

ToWhatEnd
June 16th 2007



3172 Comments


Interesting, I'm sure I'll check out some of this eventually. Enjoyed review as well.

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 16th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're a lot better here than I remember them being on their earlier albums. This is pretty decent but it gets kind of boring toward the end.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2007



2634 Comments


I always want to give these guys a chance, but the vocals are way too grating for me.
Terrific review, though, dude.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 17th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


It only gets more metal from there.

More metal isn't metal enough. I said metaller on purpose.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 17th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bumping because this isn't even out yet

Tyler
Emeritus
June 17th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Trust me, I know my grammar (lols) but sometimes you gotta rebel against that shi.

south_of_heaven 11
June 20th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fun album.

TheTastyLettuce
June 21st 2007



130 Comments


3 Inches of Blood are great, really enjoyable to listen to.
I remember my buddy bringing back Advance and Vanquish the day it came out to a band practice back in the day, I had no idea who they were, gave it a listen and was blown away by their brilliance. I like heavy based rock that's not fronted by some long haired pissed off guy sometimes :rolleyes:

I'll be buying this on CD once I next get paid, which is soon!

Hail

Oh and I had no idea that Joey Jordinson did the production, I'm impressed :/This Message Edited On 06.21.07

Ire
June 26th 2007



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not feeling it.



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