This is 3 Inches of Blood fully realized; it's the album that they have wanted to make from the beginning. It has better written songs and stronger musicianship than most of their back catalog (which is not bad at all, btw), and they keep all of their signature cheese intact.
The band have gone way downhill since they lost their harsh vocal counterpart. The balance
is gone. Although it's obvious the boys are making a conscious effort, the music has become
too ridiculous for its own good.
"Long Live Heavy Metal" has nearly every metal cliche known to man (musically and lyrically) but still remains a very enjoyable album. Cam Pipes performance, which is somewhere between Rob Halford and Jon Oliva's early years, is quite impressive.