3 Inches Of Blood

3 Inches of Blood is a Canadian power metal group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2000. They play a musical style influenced by traditional power metal and by NWOBHM bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their lyrical themes are drawn from epic fantasy, warrior culture and warfare.

The group initially performed with only Jamie Hooper on vocals before the addition of Cam Pipes. Hooper, Sunny Dhak, and Bobby Froese got together to do a one-off reunion gig for an old group of theirs; however, things went so well they decided to continue under a new moniker. Pipes heard their demo EP at the house of Hot Hot Heat keyboardist Steve Bays, a longtime friend and former bandmate. He was originally asked to add some vocals to the band’s already-recorded demo, Sect of the White Worm, and was welcomed as a permanent member after the results proved to the band’s liking. Their debut album Battlecry Under a Wintersun was recorded in 2002 on the Megarock Records 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 metal, and they were signed up by major label subsidiary Roadrunner Records in 2004.

In 2004, original drummer Geoff Trawick and bassist brother Rich Trawick left the band. Matt Wood of Vancouver doom/sludge/noise band Goatsblood, and Brian Redman replaced them. Original guitarists, Sunny Dhak and Bob Froese left the band shortly after recording in around July of 2004 because “they could no longer commit to touring and needed to deal with some personal matters” as the band wrote on their website. They were also committed to a business that they had set up called Bloodstone Press, a union shop and party venue. It is now defunct and together with Mike Payette (who was the third of the four shareholders of Bloodstone Press) and Matt Wood (who is also an ex-3 Inches of Blood member since July of 2005 and was replaced by Alexei Rodriguez) they founded the rock band Pride Tiger. The band plays music more oriented towards ’70s guitar-driven rock bands because, as Wood stated, “metal just becomes the same thing over and over. Anyway, I’m not really a metal dude. None of us are. I’m sure if you studied pictures of 3 Inches of Blood you could pick us out as not really belonging there.” Sunny and Bobby were replaced by Justin Hagberg and Shane Clark. Roadrunner put out an advertising blitz, and the track “Deadly Sinners” from the band’s second 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 in August (with bands like Machine Head and Chimaira) gaining them many new fans.

Fire Up the Blades

The band wrote their entire third studio album in Tacoma, Washington and performed their new songs at various places in the vicinity of Washington. By December 2006, the band had begun to record material for their follow-up album at the Armoury Studios of their hometown, and revealed that it would be titled Fire Up the Blades, with Joey Jordison of Slipknot as producer. A demo of “Goatrider’s Horde” which was recorded in Seattle in SpringBattle Metalcompilation album that was released in issue 161 of the UK magazine Metal Hammer. 2006 was later made available for streaming on Roadrunner’s official website. Another demo of “Night Marauders” appeared in the fifth

The band toured the United States during January and February 2007 in support of Cradle of Filth with The 69 Eyes and in March toured the UK with Biomechanical. On March 22, 2007, the band was confirmed to play the second stage at Ozzfest. On April 6, 2007, the band’s website was completely redesigned.

Prior to the release of Fire Up the Blades, the band stressed that the album would be “darker, tighter and more dangerous” than their Roadrunner Records debut. “This album is heavily influenced by low quality beer, bong rips and listening to black metal in the dark,” says Hooper. “It doesn’t sound blatantly black metal, it still sounds like us. But it’s a faster, more intense version of us.” Fire Up the Blades was ultimately released in Japan on May 28, 2007, and worldwide on June 26, 2007.

During the 2007 Ozzfest Tour, Jamie Hooper was unable to sing with the band as he was experiencing throat problems, and was warned by doctors that he may damage his voice permanently if he did not rest it. He did not perform on the Ozzfest tour nor the Operation Annihilation tour. The screamed vocals were (and continue to be) performed by guitarist Justin Hagberg. Jamie Hooper will not perform with the band for the whole 2007-08 year.

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