Released: 2009, Century Media
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
3 Inches of Blood is a name I have heard for a while but have never checked out until now (Was I ever missing out!). Coming to us from Vancouver, British Columbia this 4-piece metal band deliver one of the best hard driven albums of 2009.
After turning on HERE AWAITS THY DOOM disc, my jaw dropped to the floor. I was expecting some brutally heavy music with cookie monster vocals but was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. After the first few moments of “Battles and Brotherhood”, I was reaching for the volume knob to turn this baby up a few notches. The music was heavy and the vocals powerful. It put me in mind of older Judas Priest at first when Rob Halford could actually still sing with power and emotion. Add in a slight Maiden influence and you have one of the best Metal albums of the year.
With songs like “Preacher’s Daughter” and “All of Them Witches” one cannot help but have slight flashbacks to when metal ruled the airwaves and Maiden and Priest were cranking out amazing albums. While the Priest-like comparisons will continue mainly due to Cam Pipes’ vocals, the music is beyond comparison. The guitars are loud and clear and the rhythm section provides a melodic yet heavy backbeat. Who could ask for anything more???
This release is guaranteed to be one of the best albums you will hear in 2009. It will make the top of your year’s favourite list this year. Buy it, crank it and enjoy it!!