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  • Audio CD (March 26 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00778F2YW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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2012 release from the Canadian Metal masochists. 3 Inches Of Blood make their living playing unapologetic, blistering Heavy f*ckin' Metal that immediately goes straight for the jugular with a voracious barrage of intensity. Keeping true to their core and bringing their album title to life, fans can expect a blast of pure metal assured to leave no face un-melted. "All of us have a special feeling about this one. We're more committed than ever to the cause of real, honest, no bullshit Heavy Metal. No trends, no f*cking around!" - vocalist Cam Pipes.

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Where Here Waits Thy Doom felt like 3 Inches of Blood kind of diverged from what they're so great at, quest metal that's so epic you can taste the D&D, Long Live Heavy Metal definitely feels like a return to form. This album definitely hews closer to Fire Up The Blades and Advance & Vanquish, which are still my favorite 3IoB albums, with songs like 4000 Torches, Dark Messenger and Leather Lord but it also goes into some different territory with some nice instrumental work with Chief and the Blade. If you like quest metal, British 80's metal, 3 Inches of Blood or just metal in general, this album is totally worth checking out.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1c48df8) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1679990) out of 5 stars Look Out! 3 Inches of Blood are back! April 7 2012
By Planeswalker - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is fantastic! I am a relatively new fan with this band, but I still have there whole discography. This album is everything you could want from this band and more. The fifth studio album under the band's belt is full of blistering guitars, soaring vocals, and a whole lot of fun. This record ties with "Advance and Vanquish" for my favorite album by them. This is the second album without Jamie Hooper on harsh vocals, but Justin Hagberg does a great job in his place. Byron Stroud from Fear Factory is now in on Bass and fits in well. This record is the first one in the band's history to keep a drummer from the previous record, the man being Ash Pearson, who along with Stroud does a fantastic with the rhythmic backbone of the band. Clark and Hagberg are phenomenal guitarists and really make the songs on here shine! Cam Pipes does a fantastic job as always with his wailing vocals (which seem to remind me more and more of the likes of Rob Halford and Geoff Tate, especially on Metal Woman.) Highlight tracks on this CD are: Metal Woman, My Sword Will Not Sleep, Look Out, Leave It On The Ice, and Die For Gold which is the fourth song in the recurring Upon A Boiling Sea theme. All in all, this is a fun, energetic, and wonderfully heavy by the masterminds themselves. Recommended to any fans of: The band's previous records, Power Metal acts such as Rhapsody of Fire and Iron Maiden, and any metalhead who enjoys light-hearted, fun songs with crazy lyrics and uptempo beats. Do yourself a favor and buy this record now! Long Live Heavy Metal!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1679bdc) out of 5 stars Great release! April 3 2012
By Deimos - Published on Amazon.com
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Solid release from this very awesome metal band. When they said no f'ing around they meant it, just pure, true heavy metal, no trends, no bs the way it was meant to be \m/\m/
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1679ba0) out of 5 stars Heavy Metal is Alive and Well! May 6 2012
By Thomas Capaul - Published on Amazon.com
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Screaming vocals, great riffs, melodic and technical guitar duets. Intense drums. I have always loved Advance and Vanquish and Fire Up the Blades. I personally feel this album exceeds those two, as great as they are. If you like 3iob from before, I think you will love this album. They clearly put a great deal of work into it and the result is a very polished and enjoyable set of tracks. 3iob is great live and in the studio. Grab this album, grab your favorite brew, push play and start hoisting! Long live heavy metal, indeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa167a0b4) out of 5 stars Leather lord(s), indeed June 2 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
3 Inches Of Blood's fifth studio album continues in a manner that is very similar to what was heard on the Canadian collective's breakthrough release, 2007's "Fire Up The Blades." It is a traditional heavy metal album with strong power and speed/thrash metal influences. Frontman Cam Pipes wailing, old-school metal-sounding vocals soar over a bed of propulsive, thrashy music. Hence, expect lots of deftly busy, and positively excellent-sounding modern thrash riffs, galloping beats, solid bass lines, and muscular drumming all throughout 3IOB's aptly-entitled 2012 affair, "Long Live Heavy Metal."

If it is music with a great deal of variety that you are after, uh...you might as well look elsewhere, as "Long Live Heavy Metal" is a thrash-fest pretty much from start to finish, except, of course, for the inclusion of "Chief And The Blade" (a surreal acoustic interlude), and "One For The Ditch," an instrumental piece that wraps the album up in fittingly epic form with bluegrass-flavored acoustic guitars and melodic leads. "Look Out," which despite being labeled a Ronnie James Dio tribute, actually comes across sounding like an "Ace Of Spades"-era Motorhead b-side, except that it features the above kind of vocals, a piercing solo, and even -- what sounds like -- a new-wavy keyboard solo (!), is one major highlight, as it is propelled by a strong, grungy-sounding bass bottom. And two others include "Leave It On The Ice," which is a surprisingly brutal cut of almost pure Eighties thrash metal with a fountain of chunky, cascading guitar hooks and some fairly thunderous drum blasts; and "Men Of Fortune," a huge, anthemic-chorus'd epic with an extensive maze of guitar harmonies and melodies, and an expansive playing time (it clocks in at passed the seven-and-a-half minute mark.)

But with that said, it is tracks like "Dark Messenger," "Die For Gold (Upon The Burning Sea IV)," and "Storming Juno," that are better representations of the album, as a whole. They are all fiery and propulsive speed metallers with irresistibly hooky, Judas Priest-vs.-Iron Maiden-esque galloping rhythms, catchy, Megadeth-ian chugging, and air-guitar-able shredding (including melodic leads, epic soloing, and twiddly harmonization). But those aren't the record's only standouts, because there are several more. Take the opening "Metal Woman," for one example. It lures the listener in with some harmonic guitar leads and technical bass lines before switching to a deft, up-tempo speed metal gallop iced with Rob Halford-worshipping vocals and anthemic, Iron Maiden-worthy choruses. "My Sword Will Not Sleep" and "Leather Lord" are also noteworthy, as they both anchor brisk and blistering, and nearly buzzsaw-fast riffing and wailing solos with some grumbling bass lines and well-placed double bass thump. (And the latter of these two tunes also features some really memorable vocal patterns, with falsetto singing/screaming offset by surprisingly visceral growls in its choruses.)

As they were on the above-mentioned "Fire Up The Blades," the vocals on this album are pretty much guaranteed to polarize audiences everywhere. This is because they can be viewed one of two ways: a) as fairly grating, and even borderline unlistenable; or b) as a blatant tribute to two of the greatest metal frontmen of all-time, Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson. If you choose the latter opinion, then you are in for some very enjoyable listening sessions. And "Long Live Heavy Metal" might lose out to Dragonforce's "The Power Within" for being the best power/speed metal offering that was released in 2012, if you are looking for a piece of old-fashioned, leather-clad, "rock out with your c*** out" hard rock, you could do a lot worse than this album right here.
HASH(0xa167a3a8) out of 5 stars A "safe" album from an excellent group Sept. 26 2012
By Fargas - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been listening to 3 Inches of Blood since their Advance and Vanquish album, which I feel was their strongest by far - the thematic imagery throughout was excellent, and I was excited to find their then-new album, Fire Up the Blades, when I wasn't expecting it way back in 2007. While that particular CD was decent, it never held a candle to Advance and Vanquish. It was cleaner, which was likely due to more experience and more money coming in; I would assume most 3IOB fans would choose one of those two as their favorite album.

Why all this backstory? Well, after the more somber and altogether boring semi-blues-metal they put together last album (I've compared them to Judas Priest going in reverse a few times, with Advance and Vanquish being their Painkiller and Here Waits Thy Doom being their Rocka Rolla), they've essentially reinvented the Fire Up the Blades wheel. I swear part of Metal Woman sounds almost exactly like Forest King. I don't necessarily consider this a bad thing, because it's reclaiming what they're good at... I would have rated Fire Up the Blades a 4-star review back then. It's still got a lot of awesome songs, just as this album does... but it never reaches quite the crescendo of Advance and Vanquish, which I must have listened to back-to-back-to-back for hours on end, weeks on end.

If you want more of the same, you can't go wrong with Long Live Heavy Metal. The only thing that really pleases me is the several year gap between this and their last effort, as opposed to groups like Five Finger Death Punch, who keep doing the same thing over and over, year after year.

And if you've never listened to Advance and Vanquish, buy it. NOW.

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