Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Last update/review: April 14, 2012

3 Inches Of Blood

Flying in the face of the current trends in metal is Canada's own 3 Inches Of Blood, a band clearly influenced by the past while avoiding the tired rehash of old riffs like some bands that attempt this style. The band formed in 2000 and released their debut album, Battlecry Under A Winter Sun, then signed to Roadrunner for Advance And Vanquish in 2004, though by that time four of the six members from the debut were already gone. It's a decent bet that most listeners will like or dislike this band based on the vocals. The band employ two vocalists, one supplying harsh screams (the lesser of the two styles here), while the other is one of those high-pitched, shrill, love-him-or-hate-him types -- he's certainly not afraid to hit the high notes, but at times he can be a bit much. Musically, it's primarily Iron Maiden on overdrive, with twin guitar harmonies aplenty and impressive drumming from the recently departed Matt Wood. Yet it's not all early 80's worship, as there is a modern edge to the songwriting that gives them a fresh edge (indeed, had the band opted for a straight hardcore vocalist, these guys might slot nicely in the current metalcore genre). Some breadth of songwriting wouldn't go amiss here, as several of the songs have similar tempos and riffs, but Advance And Vanquish is a solid effort.

Current Members

Cam Pipes


Justin Hagberg


Shane Clark

guitars (Bison B.C.)

Byron Stroud

bass (ex-Fear Factory, ex-Strapping Young Lad, ex-Tenet, ex-Devin Townsend, Zimmers Hole)

Ash Pearson

drums (Revocation)

Former Members/Guests

Jamie Hooper


Sunny Dhak


Bobby Froese


Rick Trawick


Brian Redman

bass RIP: September 26, 2009, motor vehicle accident

Nick Cates


Geoff Trawick


Matt Wood

drums (Bison B.C.)

Alexei Rodriguez

drums (ex-Prong)


Battlecry Under A Winter Sun  
  1. Ride Darkhorse Ride
  2. Destroy the Orcs
  3. Headwaters of the River of Blood
  4. Heir to the Chaos Throne
  5. Skeletal Onslaught
  6. Journey to the Promiseland
  7. Lady Deathwish
  8. Curse of the Lighthouse Keeper
  9. Blazing Fires of Evermore
  10. Hall of Heros
  11. Balls of Ice
  • Cam Pipes
  • Jamie Hooper
  • Sunny Dhak
  • Bobby Froese
  • Rick Trawick
  • Geoff Trawick

Advance And Vanquish  
2004 Roadrunner
  1. Fear On The Bridge (Upon The Boiling Sea I)
  2. Deadly Sinners
  3. Revenge Is A Vulture
  4. Dominion Of Deceit
  5. Premonition Of Pain
  6. Lord Of The Storm (Upon The Boiling Sea II)
  7. Wykydtron
  8. Swordmaster
  9. Axes Of Evil
  10. Crazy Nights
  11. Destroy The Orcs
  12. The Phantom Of The Crimson Cloak
  13. Isle Of Eternal Despair (Upon The Boiling Sea III)
  • Cam Pipes
  • Jamie Hooper
  • Sunny Dhak
  • Bobby Froese
  • Brian Redman
  • Matt Wood
2004 Readers' Album #63

Fire Up The Blades  
2007 Roadrunner
  1. Through The Horned Gate
  2. Night Marauders
  3. The Goatriders Horde
  4. Trial Of Champions
  5. God Of The Cold White Silence
  6. Forest King
  7. Demons Blade
  8. The Great Hall Of Feasting
  9. Infinite Legions
  10. Assassins Of The Light
  11. Black Spire
  12. The Hydra's Teeth
  13. Rejoice In The Fires Of Man's Demise
  • Cam Pipes
  • Jamie Hooper
  • Justin Hagberg
  • Shane Clark
  • Nick Cates
  • Alexei Rodriguez
2007 Readers' Album #19

Here Waits Thy Doom  
2009 Century Media
  1. Battles and Brotherhood
  2. Rock In Hell
  3. Silent Killer
  4. Fierce Defender
  5. Preachers Daughter
  6. Call of the Hammer
  7. Snake Fighter
  8. At the Foot of the Great Glacier
  9. All of them Witches
  10. 12 : 34
  11. Execution Tank
  • Cam Pipes
  • Justin Hagberg
  • Shane Clark
  • Ash Pearson
2009 Readers' Album #52

Long Live Heavy Metal  
2012 Century Media
  1. Metal Woman
  2. My Sword Will Not Sleep
  3. Leather Lord
  4. Chief and the Blade
  5. Dark Messenger
  6. Look Out
  7. 4000 Torches
  8. Leave It on the Ice
  9. Die for Gold (Upon the Boiling Sea IV)
  10. Storming Juno
  11. Men of Fortune
  12. One for the Ditch
  • Cam Pipes
  • Justin Hagberg
  • Shane Clark
  • Ash Pearson
2012 Readers' Album #39

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