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3 Inches of Blood

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Vancouver, Canada (2000 – present)

3 Inches of Blood was formed in 2000 in Vancouver, Canada. Initially playing straight in the vein of bands such as Running Wild and Judas Priest, before the addition of heavy vocalist Cam Pipes and the recording of their debut album Battlecry Under a Winter Sun in 2002 on the Teenage Rampage label. This release went by almost unnoticed until the band’s UK distribution label decided to put them on as a support slot for a tour with platinum rock band The Darkness. This exposure gained them much critical attention and acclaim in the world of underground , and they were signed up by big-label subsidiary Roadrunner Records in 2004. Roadrunner put out an advertising blitz, and the track Deadly Sinners from the band’s sophomore release Advance and Vanquish appeared on numerous sampler CDs, compilations and even a video game (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2) creating a huge press hype for the band that caused their popularity to skyrocket, with a slot on 2005’s Road Rage tour gaining them many new fans.

The band’s over-the-top lyrical style and high-pitched (which were based on the vocals of the band The Winter Massacre), Rob Halford meets Udo Dirkschneider -esque vocals, combined with their appearance in official photos, which owes more to modern “scene” fashion and clothing labels such as Atticus, have lead some to dub them as a parody of the classic heavy metal acts they claim to seek to give tribute to. When questioned on this, vocalist Cam Pipes gave the following statement: “Just because we’re a bunch of young guys singing about the greatness of heavy metal doesn’t mean we’re some joke band.

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  • Son-Of-Satan

    Enemies of metal, your death is our reward!

    25 May 5:52pm Reply
  • Voloscire

    As a perfectly non-violent and pacifistic person, this music makes me want to pick up an axe and chop some heads off... :-)

    29 Apr 11:37pm Reply
  • VanillaMuffin23

    What about Fire Up The Blades?

    26 Apr 8:34pm Reply
  • Sir_OsaX

    After all these years, Advance and Vanquish is still their only good record. Very good, yes, but sadly the only one worth listening to.

    4 Feb 8:49pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    A really great heavy metal band. I used to think they were a joke and trying to be the next Manowar. :P

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • skwidthefawks

    Love the highs in this band.

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Did they ever reach the peaks of Advance and Vanquish again? Did they ever beat 'Premonition Of Pain'?

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • jon1987

    yeah Definately NOT metalcore

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    They're not core at all

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MagusFerri

    Only metal band that isn't Protest The Hero to ever come to Newfoundland...NL Metalfest 2012. What a gig. Never forget. (might add that these guys are even better live than on record, though half of that could be because I prefer J-Hagz' harsh vocals...Hooper's got a real...thing going on in his growls, that I don't like and cannot put my finger on)

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Jokurr

    I agree, there was never any real -core elements to their music. I think Jamie Hooper's vocals also caused people to give them that label, which is also silly.

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    I wouldn't say just speed/thrash, speed and thrash definitely plays a role in their music but you can't leave out power/traditional metal. There's also a pretty big melodic death metal influence in their music, you cannot deny a huge At the Gates influence is in their music, I think the melo-death element is what people are misinterpeting as metalcore, foolishly may I add, saying there's -core in their music is just silly. I suppose some people just don't have a lot of insight on genres, fair enough.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Dragonator235

    Did any of 3 Inches of Blood's album make it into this year's most listened too album? Check out the article below and find out! http://www.examiner.com/list/top-10-albums-that-received-airplay-2013#sthash.CZIDQH9T.dpuf

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Baneblaster

    Metalcore...? I would rather say speed/thrash in my opinion, duuuude. [2]

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Hatcrash

    I started listening to metal due to this band. 3IoB, come to Russia!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AZHvyMetal

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    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • staind25

    Awesome show in Bellingham! Didn't really care for this band until I saw them live...now I'm getting into it.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Symbolofallloss

    I heard this band in some videogame and I thought it was King Diamond/Merciful Fate for a second.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kamoro

    Metalcore...? I would rather say speed/thrash in my opinion, duuuude.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    Basically power/heavy metal mixed with metalcore. Pretty awesome.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
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