March 26th Century Media Records heavy metal act, and Vancouver, British Columbia natives, 3 Inches of Blood outed their highly-anticipated fifth studio album. With an album title as succinct as Long Live Heavy Metal it’s without a doubt that on this release fans can expect nothing but straight up pure metal assault. Said guitarist Justin Hagberg of the new effort: “‘Long Live Heavy Metal’ is the fifth chapter in the book of 3 Inches of Blood, and we couldn’t be more pleased and proud of our new onslaught of Honest Heavy Metal.”
It’s the middle of March and I’ve finally found the first album guaranteed to make my year end list of favorites. 3 Inches of Blood have really amped things up on this release and I couldn’t more stoked. I know a lot of people dismiss them because they have sort of an 80’s retro, flashback sound with that classic NWOBHM riffage and tons of screechy, screaming vocals, but this is precisely why I totally dig them. At times I can see where some might think it’s a bit campy or overdone, but not me. I honestly dig the heck out of this disc; it’s so catchy, it’s so energetic and most of all, it’s straight up fist-pumping, head-banging metal.
On Saturday, September 24th the film “Lloyd The Conqueror”, staring Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Brian Posehn, will premiere as part of the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Theatre at 7:00 PM. Century Media’s 3 Inches Of Blood has a cover of the classic Rush song, “Anthem” featured in the film and directly following the premiere, will be performing at the official after party. A sure sell out, the event begins at 9:00 PM at Dickens Pub.
Being from a little town in Idaho, going to a big festival-type concert is a big deal. The aptly named Mayhem Festival made a stop in Nampa (near Boise) this week, and with a line-up that includes Chimaira, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Korn and several other of my favorite bands, making the four-hour drive was not even a debate.