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On disc: 3 Inches Of Blood

Fire Up The Blades - Philip Thelen - 9 stars
Here Waits Thy Doom - Umberto Mino - 7 stars

Here Waits Thy Doom

Here Waits Thy Doom
(Century Media - 2009)

After their split with Roadrunner 3 Inches Of Blood are back with this new CD on Century Media. Their music and their 'metal' lyrics are always the same and to my eyes the paragon between them and the early Manowar still continue...... (metal lyrics and attitude, any CD with different label).
Anyway, let's talk about this new CD Here Waits Thy Doom and it's possible to certificate that no big changes in 3 Inches Of Blood sound appears in the initial track Battles And Brotherhood and the following Rock In Hell with his anthem-like chorus reminds me of some stuff of Malice and Grim Reaper.... COOL!!!!! The next songs show us something new inside the riffing approach, but sometimes the result is really reaching the top like in Preacher's Daughter or All Of Them Witches. Aside of this Canadian metallers, that I like a lot, it is possible to hear less growl vocals from the second singer, so it means more extreme screams!!!!!!
The only thing with this CD is the presence of a couple of songs that don't work exactly well, and for this reason this is only a good album and not a masterpiece.

7 stars

Umberto Mino


Fire Up The Blades

Fire Up The Blades
(Roadrunner Records - 2007)

With a powerful intro a new world been opened up to me. Everybody who knows 3 Inches Of Blood, knows what to expect after the intro - music for sword bearing metalheads. 3 Inches Of Blood stick to their idols Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Manowar, but without being copycats. The Canadians create their own sound out of the sounds of their heroes and present their 3rd album. The album was produced by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. But now let's talk about the music!
Through The Horned Gate is a bloody intro and a promise to battle sounds! Next is Night Marauders, a track quite typical for 3 Inches Of Blood. Fast, high vocals, screams and multiplied riffing. Very cool! A real neck breaker is The Goatrider's Horde. But the best ones are Trial Of Champions and Forest King. The later one should be great live... The other songs have different atmospheres, some with blasting beats, others are forced ahead by the drum beat. They come to an end with the outro called Rejoice In The Fire Of Man's Demise, which is presenting a quite melodic guitar riffing.
I really like the bands trademarks which you can find on all their songs - the twin guitar riffing, the guitar solos and the twin vocal lines. The guitar solos aren't just the typical arpeggios or scales like most bands do, the solos partly remind me of old Metallica!
The album has power and groove, that's for sure. And I think I have to see them live next time they come around!

9 stars

Philip Thelen
(transl.: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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