3 Inches of Blood
Long Live Heavy Metal


3.0
good

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
July 31st, 2012 | 11 replies | 3,197 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 3 Inches of Blood make a commendable statement, and back it up with high energy power metal.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

3 Inches of Blood have always been known for there rather cheesy and often times overdone approach to power metal. For this album the band decided it was time to step up their game and get a little more serious. Musical prowess has always saved them from mediocrity, but this time around it does more than just save them, this time their musicianship brings them to whole new levels of creativity and realized sound.

The whole album is notably energetic and jam-packed with fist pumping anthems, catchy hooks, and solos spread throughout; signature traits of any traditional power metal act. The band rides this adrenaline rush throughout the album, the only exception being the instrumental interlude “The Chief and the Blade” and the closer “One for the Ditch”. These songs show a softer and somewhat more melodic side to the band. Those two tracks aside, this album never lets up, and in a way lives up to its name, as the material is decidedly heavy and aggressive. Production is very good indeed, with each instrument shining brightly and clearly. The tracks flow together nicely the way they should, albeit with little variation from the power metal assault that is 3 Inches of Blood.

The vocals are not for everyone. Vocalist Cam Pipes has a delivery similar to Bobby Blitz from Overkill. His rough almost raspy vocals are pretty high pitched and are somewhat of an acquired taste. Surprisingly enough, Pipes shows some good range in his singing, as he can go from a high pitched yell, to a dark sounding low growl in seconds. Vocals aside, the band fails to expand their sound, electing instead to draw from the wells of their power metal influences. This can be somewhat of a problem, as the tracks seem to run into each other and show little variation in sound. If you’re not a fan of power metal, stay away, as this band is in no way shape or form progressive.

If you are fan of the genre, this album is sure to please. While certainly not the most varied release this year and perhaps bit overdone, it is a good effort nonetheless, and stands as my personal favorite from these guys. Truly, Long Live Heavy Metal.



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TheNotrap
July 31st 2012



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Cam Pipes has a delivery similar to Bobby Blitz from Overkill."
More like Rob Halford and Jon Oliva in my opinion.

Let's say you're more into thrash revival than classic/power metal revival stuff.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2012



1777 Comments


Yeah I agree, Cam Pipes lives up to his surname and comes across like a second-rate version of Rob Halford's modern vocal techniques. Still, a good performance.

TheArkitecht
July 31st 2012



1664 Comments


This band hasn't been the same since the harsh vocalist left...

ThrashTillDeath94
July 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"More like Rob Halford and Jon Oliva in my opinion."

I have heard a couple Savatage songs, but nothing significant to make that observation. As for
Halford, thats too commonplace. A lot of vocalists emulate Halford.

"Let's say you're more into thrash revival than classic/power metal revival stuff."

I'm actually digging a lot of power metal at the moment. Trying to branch out a bit more.

Digging: Opeth - Still Life

MrElmo
July 31st 2012



1950 Comments


Fun band but nothing more at the moment

MrElmo
July 31st 2012



1950 Comments


although this album looks more interesting

ZedO
August 1st 2012



1096 Comments


sounds cool. If I've always liked Iced Earth's Burnt Offerings, will this album impress me in few first listens? Good review as alway Drew..

ThrashTillDeath94
August 2nd 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Burnt Offerings is a bit more thrash oriented than this particular album. If you like Blind Guardian, or Gamma Ray this may please you. Though i can't say for sure.

ZedO
August 2nd 2012



1096 Comments


Now this is already in my list to check out, apparently TheNotrap and FictionalFlames like it.

ThrashTillDeath94
September 2nd 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I was actually a bit harsh on the rating here. This is more like a 3.5 or even a 4. And the vocals are starting to grow on me.

Asmodeuss1990
July 23rd 2013



118 Comments


I love this band in all its cheesy glory.



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