3 Inches of Blood
Advance and Vanquish


2.0
poor

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
July 19th, 2006 | 40 replies | 10,977 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


3 Inches of Blood is a 6 piece metal band hailing from the Canadian city of Vancouver. They've released two albums so far, 2002's Battle Cry Under a Winter Sun, and 2004's Advance and Vanquish. The band fuses the traditional Iron Maiden/Judas Priest-ish sound with a modern metal sound. Too accomplish their mission, 3 Inches of Blood employ 2 vocalists, one supplying the traditional high pitched power metal-esque vocals while the other supplying a set of harsh screams. So how does the band's old-new style hold up against the competition? Read on and find out.

As mentioned earlier, the music is reminiscent to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Really reminiscent. Everything from the riffs to the harmonies to the drumming is basically Iron Priest or Judas Maiden on overdrive. From start to finish, 3 Inches of Blood pulls off this style really well, with exceedingly excellent performances on songs like Deadly Sinners, Axes of Evil, and Destroy the Orcs. The solos that the guitarists pull off are really impressive and fun to listen to. At times they make up for some of the lesser parts of the album. But unfortunately, the good ends at the riffs.

While the guitarists are obviously talented, the rest of 3 Inches of Blood is quite shaky. Vocalists Cam Pipes and Jamie Hooper are fairly mediocre. Though they try, the screaming/high pitched singing does not work out very well at all. Their excruciating vocal style is very off-putting and totally ruins the music for me. They are both hard to understand and do not really add anything to the music at all. Jamie Hooper's harsh vocals do not fit the Maiden-like riffs and harmonies found on Advance and Vanquish at all and they are thankfully not used as often as Pipes' Halford impressions. While we're on the topic of Cam Pipes, I feel that on occasion he pulls off the high notes well enough, but for much of the album his voice is either way too high or way too scratchy to enjoy. At times when he sounds like he's inhaled helium and the result is laughably bad and very distracting. Some consistency will do you wonders, Cam.

Also disappointing are both the bass lines and the drumming. The bass is very difficult to hear beneath the chaotic mix of screaming & riffs and the talents of Brian Redman are put to waste. Had the bass been more audible, it could have anchored the rhythm of the album's songs, but as it is, is completely useless. Like the vocals, the drumming is very unimpressive. Throughout the album, Matt Wood's drumming is fairly simple and unexciting. It does not compliment the music very well, and rather than adding to the overall sound, the drumming takes a backseat to the guitars. Matt left the band after the album and was replaced by Alexi Rodriguez, for better or worse.

Another poor aspect of the band is songwriting. The band's songwriting needs a lot of work in the future, as many of the songs sound the same after awhile. Advance and Vanquish could have used a little more variety, maybe a ballad or at least a slower paced song. Advance and Vanquish like listening to the same song thirteen times. The band could easily have chopped 10 minutes off the album, and it would have made absolutely no difference. Some more time should be spent on the very important writing process.

Lyrically, the band opened the Book of Power Metal and transferred it word for word into their music. The lyrics on the album are the run of the mill fantasy styled lyrics found on any stereotypical power metal offering. The songs that 3 Inches of Blood has written describe the tales of orcs, swords, pirates, and even robot warriors fighting in the future. Yeah, fairly cheesy stuff, but they shouldn't bother big power metal fans. However, unlike bands that employ similar lyrics such as Dragonforce and Rhapsody of Fire, the lyrics are much more difficult to make out, thanks to our two vocalists. The band is just having fun creating and playing music and their lyrics aren't meant to be taken seriously.

Overall, the sound that the band attempted to create on Advance and Vanquish is a fast, melodic sound. In that regard, they have succeeded, but they have also introduced a harsh, chaotic sound as well. The band has a lot of potential and I'm interested in seeing what they can do in the future. 3 Inches of Blood has finished writing material for their new album and are entering the studio in November to record their third full length album. Hopefully they can work out the issues that plagued this release and for the love of God, just ditch the screaming.

Recommended Tracks:
Deadly Sinner
Destroy the Orcs



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Cravinov13
July 19th 2006



3854 Comments


Nice review. These guys are not that good.

Two-Headed Boy
July 19th 2006



4527 Comments


This sounds horrible, but nothing can compare to that album art. :rolleyes:

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 19th 2006



3709 Comments


I'm sure Manowar came up with something that tops that :pThis Message Edited On 07.19.06

rebelindreamland
July 19th 2006



2 Comments


nice review

Dead_Trench
July 19th 2006



159 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I agree with your rating, I'd maybe even rate it lower. These guys blow.

Dethtrasher
July 20th 2006



2211 Comments


I have heard Deadly Sinners, it was good except for the high-pitched singing, it ruins the song. The review was good though!

Thor
July 20th 2006



10169 Comments


Thank you for this. I never found this album to be any good.

-anti.hero-
July 20th 2006



29 Comments


the vocals are one of those things that you rather love or hate

but they're from coquitlam to begin with, and if you can't even figure out where they are from, then that just shows the lack of time and effort you are willing to put into a review

i give your review two floppy cocks down, good day

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 20th 2006



3709 Comments


Coquitlam is in the Greater Vancouver District.

-anti.hero-
July 20th 2006



29 Comments


regardless it is seperate

-anti.hero-
July 20th 2006



29 Comments


regardless it is seperate

Steerpike
July 23rd 2006



1859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I knew most people weren't into this band outside of dieheard power metal fans, but damn. I didn't imagine the hate was this bad.

Apocalyptic Raids
July 29th 2006



810 Comments


I'm not really a fan. I don't like the guy doing the harsh vocals, but the clean guy sounds alright. He listened to Painkiller, that's for sure.

mutt
November 8th 2006



2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I hate to be going against the grain on this one...well, actually no, i tend to enjoy music more if other people don't like it...is that wierd and stupid? maybe? But these guys put sound better live then on cd....vocally speaking anyways.

Caught 3ib live in the east coast of canada at a small club, and they totally rocked! I'm not going to say they are the best metal band ever, but I really like the wailing Falsetto and the throaty screams, better live than on album, but alas, i enjoy this album immensly...

I havent given the newer album a chance yet, but that will be in the not too distant future.

BLS420
December 7th 2006



1 Comments


All you who said these guys suck will burn in hell. These guys are just goin out there and havin fun. And they are badass.

jrowa001
December 24th 2006



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^ hell yeah

room101
March 27th 2007



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True Dat. I didnt really like this album when I first bought it, but lately I've been loving it. These guys pwn dragonforce. Obviously the two have completely different sounds, but anyone who thinks 3 inches of blood is unchanging probably dies a little inside when they hear Inhuman rampage.

antihippy
April 13th 2007



696 Comments


i actually really enjoyed deadly sinners. the high/harsh combo actually quite enjoyable.

PapaSmurfed
April 20th 2007



12 Comments


I actually would prefer Dragonforce to these guys anyday..

Detox
April 25th 2007



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't belive that only a handful of people enjoyed Advance then Vanquish, I think its one of the better power metal albums that has come out in a while. Jamie and Cams vocals go perfect together! This is one of the better metal bands that has come out of Canada....and Strapping Young Lad is the other one.........I do agree with the reviewer the bass line is hardly heard through out the songs which is dissapointing coming from a bassist. And i disagree with the guitar taking a backseat approach. The guitar isint reallly in your face but its still in the foreground (Axes of Evil, Sword Master). Im so excitied to see them at Ozzfest and im sure Fire Up The Blades will be better then this and thats alot to top in my opioin....apparently not in everyone elses.



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