Category: Power Metal

Avantasia – 2010 – The Wicked Symphony

“The Wicked Symphony” track listing:

01. The Wicked Symphony
02. Wastelands
03. Scales Of Justice
04. Dying For An Angel
05. Blizzard On A Broken Mirror
06. Runaway Train
07. Crestfallen
08. Forever Is A Long Time
09. Black Wings
10. States Of Matter
11. The Edge

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Avantasia – 2010 – Angel of Babylon

“Angel Of Babylon” track listing:

01. Angel Of Babylon
02. Stargazers
03. Your Love Is Evil
04. Death Is Just A Feeling
05. Rat Race
06. Down In The Dark
07. Blowing Out The Flame
08. Symphony Of Life
09. Alone I Remember
10. Promised Land 2
11. Journey To Arcadia

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Primal Fear is a German power metal/heavy metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers (Vocals/Ex-Gamma Ray), Mat Sinner (Bass and Vocals/Sinner), Stefan Leibing and Tom Naumann (Guitars). Scheepers formed the band after he was not hired as Rob Halford’s replacement in Judas Priest, a job for which he was a finalist; the replacement job went to Tim “Ripper” Owens. Their latest album called 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) was released in 2009 and will be supported with a double-headlining European tour with Brainstorm

Primal Fear was founded in October 1997 by singer Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner (real name: Mathias Lasch). Scheepers and Sinner have been constants in the heavy metal scene before the band was founded. Ralf Scheepers sang in the bands Tyran Pace, F.B.I. and the international successful band Gamma Ray. After a gig with his Judas Priest cover band Just Priest in which Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann helped out the idea arose to found Primal Fear. They signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records in late 1997. Their debut album Primal Fear was released in February 1998 and entered the German LP charts at place 48 thus making it one of the highest chart entries of a debut album in German metal. The same year they toured with German Metal veterans Running Wild and HammerFall.

In July 1999 the 2nd album Jaws of Death was released. Shortly after its release guitarist Tom Naumann left the band due to health problems. During the tour through Europe, Brazil and Japan he was replaced by Alex Beyrodt. In January 2000 Henny Wolter joined the band as a permanent replacement. In early 2001 the third album Nuclear Fire was released. At the following world tour the band played in the USA for the first time and were guests at the Metal Meltdown Festival and the Milwuakee Metalfest.

The next album Black Sun was released and entered the German LP charts at place 55. Halford-Guitarist Mike Chlasciak contributed the guitar solos for the songs “Fear” and “Armageddon”. The highlight of the following double-headliner tour with fellow band Rage was a gig at the Scala in London. The same year Henny Wolter left the band and was replaced by the returning Tom Naumann. With this line-up the band again toured through Brazil and ended the Black Sun tour. In April/May 2003 the band participated in the Metal Gods tour together with Rob Halford, Testament and a few other bands and toured through the USA and Canada. During the Tour drummer Klaus Sperling was replaced by Randy Black. After the Tour Randy joined the band permanently as Sperling left due to personal problems.

In February 2004 the 5th album Devil’s Ground was released and entered the German LP charts at place 67. April of the same year the band started another world tour in which the band toured through Europe, the USA and South America.

Directly after the tour the band recorded their 6th album Seven Seals in Vancouver and Stuttgart. It was released in Fall of 2005. To promote the album the band went on Europe and Japan tour together with fellow Power Metal band Helloween.

In July 2006 the band surprisingly left Nuclear Blast Records and signed a long-term contract with Frontiers Records. As a “parting gift” Nuclear Blast released the best of compilation Metal is Forever.

In February 2007 during the recordings for the next album New Religion the band decided after long discussions about the future of the band that Henny Wolter will return as 2nd guitarist and Tom Naumann will leave the band. The album was finished under the direction of producer Mat Sinner and engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind and was mixed by Roland Prent in the Galaxy Studios in Belgium. It was released in September 2007 and entered the German LP charts at place 60. They started their New Religion tour as co-headliner of the the sold out Power Prog VIII festival in Atlanta, USA. Afterwards they toured together with U.D.O. through Europe. They continued the tour in January 2008 due to the band’s 10th birthday and once again toured through Europe.

Early March 2008 the band announced that long time guitarist Stefan Leibing had temporarily left the band because he wants to spend more time with his family. On future releases and tours he will be replaced by a Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who already contributed 2 guitar solos for the New Religion album.

In December 2008 the band entered the House of Music Studios to record their next album 16.6. which will be released in May 2009 through Frontiers Records. In January 2009 the band finished the album. They say that “the music includes a lot of the vibe of our very first albums” and that “a new Primal Fear album always contained some new musical challenges, real surprises”. The Album was released on May 22 in Europe and June 9 in the USA. The Video for the song Six Time Dead (16.6) has premièred on May 8 on the band’s official MySpace channel. The Album reached #46 on the German, #52 in swedish and 28# in the Japanese album charts. The band will tour in South America, North America, Canada, Europe and Japan to promote their new album. They’ve also said that they’ll record a new live CD and DVD during every leg on the tour and that they’ll do a bigger North America tour and another European Tour in 2010.

Primal Fear has agreed to be Wacken Open Air tour held in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. This festival includes more than 60 bands and is one of the biggest summer heavy metal tours in the world

Band members

* Ralf Scheepers, lead vocals (1997-)
* Magnus Karlsson, guitars (2008-)
* Henny Wolter, guitars (2000-2003, 2007-)
* Mat Sinner, bass, vocals (1997-)
* Randy Black, drums (2003-)

Former members

* Tom Naumann, guitars (1997-2000, 2003-2007)
* Klaus Sperling, drums (1997-2003)
* Stefan Leibing, guitars, keyboards (1998-2008)

* Primal Fear (1998)
* Jaws of Death (1999)
* Nuclear Fire (2001)
* Horrorscope (5-track EP) (Shaped CD) (2002)
* Black Sun (2002)
* The History of Fear (DVD + CD Bonus) (2003)
* Devil’s Ground (2004)
* Seven Seals (2005)
* Metal Is Forever – The Very Best of Primal Fear (2006)
* New Religion (2007)
* 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) (2009)

Primal Fear

Primal Fear
CD, February 1998 – Nuclear Blast

1. Primal Fear 0.34
2. Chainbreaker 4.24
3. Silver & Gold 3.13
4. Promised Land 4.24
5. Formula One 4.57
6. Dollars 3.58
7. Nine Lives 3.08
8. Tears of Rage 6.48
9. Speedking 4.00
10 Battalions of Hate 3.50
11 Running in the Dust 4.38
12 Thunderdome 3.45

Total playing time 47.39


Jaws of Death

Jaws of Death
CD, June 1999 – Nuclear Blast

1. Jaws of Death 0.23
2. Final Embrace 5.08
3. Save a Prayer 3.36
4. Church of Blood 5.14
5. Into the Future 4.05
6. Under Your Spell 5.34
7. Play to Kill 4.01
8. Nation in Fear 5.24
9. When the Night Comes 5.15
10. Fight to Survive 6.00
11. Hatred in my Soul 4.55

Bonustrack (Limited Digibook Edition)
12. Kill the King (Rainbow Cover) 4.32

Bonustrack (Japanese Release)
12. Horrorscope

Total playing time 54.07


Nuclear Fire

Nuclear Fire
CD, 29 January 2001 – Nuclear Blast

1. Angel in Black 3.58
2. Kiss of Death 3.50
3. Back from Hell 3.46
4. Now or Never 5.33
5. Fight the Fire 4.23
6. Eye of an Eagle 4.28
7. Bleed for Me 5.04
8. Nuclear Fire 4.23
9. Red Rain 4.51
10. Fire on the Horizon 3.31
11. Living for Metal 3.42

12. Living for Metal 3.42

Bonustrack (Japanese Release)
12. Out in the Fields (Gary Moore & Phil Lynott Cover)

Bonus-Video (CD-Rom)
– Angel in Black

Total playing time 47.29


Black Sun

Black Sun
CD, 24 April 2002 – Nuclear Blast

1. Countdown to Insanity 1.43
2. Black Sun 4.02
3. Armageddon 4.05
4. Lightyears from Home 4.40
5. Revolution 4.02
6. Fear 4.20
7. Mind Control 4.58
8. Magic Eye 5.16
9. Mind Machine 5.37
10. Silence 4.39
11. We Go Down 5.53
12. Cold Day in Hell 4.10
13. Controlled 3.36

Total playing time 57.01


Devil’s Ground

Devil’s Ground
CD, 23 February 2004 – Nuclear Blast

1. Metal Is Forever 4.46
2. Suicide and Mania 4.03
3. Visions of Fate 4.50
4. Sea of Flames 4.01
5. The Healer 6.40
6. Sacred Illusion 4.03
7. In Metal 5.15
8. Soulchaser 4.52
9. Colony 13 3.55
10. Wings of Desire 6.46
11. Heart of a Brave 4.55
12. Devil’s Ground 2.09


Seven Seals

Seven Seals
CD, 05 October 2005 – Nuclear Blast

1. Demons and Angels 5.32
2. Rollercoaster 4.28
3. Seven Seals 3.54
4. Evil Spell 4.32
5. The Immortal Ones 4.19
6. Diabolus 7.54
7. All for One 7.53
8. Carniwar 3.17
9. A Question of Honour (Sinner Cover) 7.26
10. In Memory 5.07


Metal Is Forever – The Very Best of Primal Fear

Metal Is Forever – The Very Best of Primal Fear
Compilation, 29 September 2006 – Nuclear Blast


1. Metal Is Forever 4.46
2. Chainbreaker 4.25
3. Seven Seals 3.54
4. Nuclear Fire 4.23
5. Final Embrace 5.08
6. The Healer 6.40
7. Rollercoaster 4.28
8. Armageddon 4.05
9. Angel in Black 3.58
10. Under Your Spell 5.36
11. Evil Spell 4.32
12. Running in the Dust 4.37
13. Suicide and Mania 4.03
14. Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove 5.17
15. Fear 4.20
16. Tears of Rage 6.47

DISC 2 (European 2CD Edition)

1. Out in the Fields (Gary Moore & Philip Lynott Cover) 3.57
2. Kill the King (Rainbow Cover) 4.32
3. Speed King (Deep Purple Cover) 3.59
4. Die Young (Black Sabbath Cover) 4.05
5. Metal Gods (Judas Priest Cover) 3.37
6. Breaker (Accept Cover) 3.29
7. Seek and Destroy (Metallica Cover) 7.10
8. Two Minutes to Midnight (Iron Maiden Cover) 6.01
9. The Rover (Led Zeppelin Cover) 4.46

Total playing time 118.34


New Religion

New Religion
CD, 21 September 2007 – Frontiers Records / King Records

1. Sign of Fear 4.47
2. Face the Emptiness 4.36
3. Everytime It Rains 3.53
4. New Religion 4.04
5. Fighting the Darkness 8.45
6. Blood on Your Hands 4.02
7. The Curse of Sharon 4.41
8. Too Much Time 5.14
9. Psycho 3.55
10. World on Fire 3.54
11. The Man (That I Don’t Know) 6.11



CD, 22 May 2009 – Frontiers Records

1. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
2. Riding the Eagle
3. Six Times Dead (16.6)
4. Black Rain
5. Under the Radar
6. 5.0 / Torn
7. Soar
8. Killbound
9. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night After Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands of Time

14. Cry Havoc
15. Scream
16. Six Times Dead (16.6) (Video)





Insania was founded in 1992 by two musicians from Stockholm – Mikko Korsbäck (drums) and Henrik Juhano (guitar). The goal was to write and play music in the vein of Helloween, Gamma Ray and Blind Guardian. Henrik had earlier played in various garage bands. In the band was also bassist Tomas Stolt, who left the band after a short while, to play in with other acts, but returned in 1996 and has been with the band since. Mikko knew a guy from school whose name was Niklas Dahlin, and he became the second guitarist of the band. After keyboardist Patrik Västilä and vocalist David Henriksson from the northern parts of Sweden had joined – (Mikko had earlier handled the vocals, but wanted to concentrate on the drums from now on, since singing had become too tiresome) – the line-up was complete.

They released two demos followed by their first studio album in 1999, called World of Ice. It was followed by Sunrise In Riverland one year later. The album was recorded in Finnvox studios with renowned producer Mikko Karmila. After the release, several gigs followed in Sweden.

The band has lost and replaced many members over the years. In 2001, after a short tour with Saxon, David Henriksson decided to leave the band and return to his hometown in northern Sweden, since he did not feel any motivation to continue anymore. After a short search, the band found a new and very talented singer in Ola Halén from Nacka. Returning to Finland, the band started recording their third album. Mikko Karmila was once again recruited for the producing duties, and Fantasy – A New Dimension was released in February 2003 – almost half a year after the recordings.

At the end of 2002 keyboardist Patrik Västilä told the band he wanted to quit, to focus on his studies. The band found a new keyboardist in Dimitri Keiski, who was recommended by Ola Halén, who knew him since earlier. Shortly thereafter, both guitarists Henrik Juhano and Niklas Dahlin left the band for personal reasons. Fortunately, the thirty-one year old Peter Östros from Haninge (a suburb of Stockholm) took their places. It was decided to continue with only one guitarist, so as to give more space to the keyboards. A new demo was recorded between December 2003 and January 2004 with four new songs, showcasing the abilities of the new line-up regarding the composing of songs and the versatility of musical skills.

In the summer of 2005, the band signed a record deal with Swedish label Black Lodge (Sound Pollution). The band recorded their fourth full-length album Agony – Gift Of Life during December 2005, but due to technical errors, it was not mastered until November 2006. It was released on June 1 in Sweden and on June 15th, 2007, in the rest of the world.

In November/December 2007 the band embarked on a two-week European tour as support act for Ensiferum together with Taiwanese band Chthonic.


* Johan Fahlberg – Vocals
* Peter Östros – Lead guitar
* Henrik Juhano – Guitar
* Dimitri Keiski – Bass
* Patrik Västilä – Keyboards
* Mikko Korsbäck – Drums

* David Henriksson – Vocals
* Henrik Juhano – Guitars
* Niklas Dahlin – Guitars
* Patrik Västilä – Keyboards
* Ola Halén – Vocals
* Tomas Stolt – Bass


* World Of Ice (1999)
* Sunrise In Riverland (2001)
* Fantasy – A New Dimension (2003)
* Agony – Gift of Life (2007)

World of Ice

World of Ice
CD, 1999 – No Fashion Records

1. Insaniation
2. Fighting My Tears
3. Fire
4. With Courage and Pride
5. Forever Alone
6. Private 6-Machine
7. Paradisia
8. World of Ice
9. Furious Seas
10. Forever Is a Long Time
11. Carried by Wings

Bonustracks (Japan)
12. Fire in the Sky
13. Abyss of the Morningstar


Sunrise in Riverland

Sunrise in Riverland
CD, 2001 – No Fashion Records

1. Finlandia
2. Land of the Wintersun
3. Heaven or Hell
4. Beware of the Dragons
5. Angels in the Sky
6. Lost in Time
7. Heading for Tomorrow
8. Sunrise in Riverland
9. Dangerous Mind
10. Seasons of Life
11. Tears of the Nature
12. Time of the Prophecies

Bonustrack (Japan)
13. The Right to Be Free



CD, 2002 – No Fashion Records

1. Introduction
2. Life After Life
3. Illusions
4. Carry on
5. Master of My Mind
6. Universe
7. Face the King
8. Fantasy
9. Vengeance
10. Mankind
11. Reflections of Mine

Bonustrack (Japan)
12. St Patriks Lyrics


Insania – Agony – Gift of Life (2007)

1. Agony (Intro, Instrumental)
2. Facing My Destiny
3. Hope
4. To Live Another Day
5. Gift of Life
6. One Day
7. Fight for Life
8. Valley of Sunlight
9. Times of Glory
10. Dreams
11. Time Passes By
12. Alive



WarCry is a Spanish power metal band led by founder, singer, and songwriter Víctor García. Formed in 2001 when García and drummer Alberto Ardines were ejected from Avalanch, the band has since released five studio albums and one live album, with a sixth studio album currently in progress. WarCry has had a fluctuating lineup with García as the sole constant member. The band has been acclaimed as one of Spain’s most famous heavy metal acts[1] and has won numerous awards in both Spain and Latin America.

Early days and debut: 2001–2002

In the middle of 2001, while working in Spanish power metal band Avalanch, vocalist Víctor García and drummer Alberto Ardines decided to record an album with the songs they had been composing in their spare time. Most of the songs had been written during the 1990s with lyrics in English. The pair translated the lyrics into Spanish[2] and produced the album themselves, with García singing as well as playing bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and keyboards.[2] Guitarists Fernando Mon, formerly of Avalanch, and Pablo García of Relative Silence also collaborated on the album by recording guitar solos. Upon learning of García and Ardines’ project, the other members of Avalanch disapproved of it and expelled them from the band. García has stated that he presented many of his song ideas to Avalanch, but received writing credit on only two released songs: “Aquí Estaré” and “Por Mi Libertad”. “Aquí Estaré” had barely been accepted by the band but went on to become one of Avalanch’s most popular songs, and so he decided “to release a couple of songs, but never with the idea of leaving Avalanch.”[3]

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“WarCry” had always been Víctor García’s idea of a band — In 1992 he formed a band named War-Cry,playing as guitarist, but disbanded it in 1994 when he became the rhythm guitarist for Avalanch. After leaving Avalanch, in February 1996 he reformed the group as WarCry, this time acting as songwriter and lead vocalist. They recorded a demo entitled Demon 97, but disbanded again a year later when Víctor rejoined Avalanch as lead singer. — After being expelled from Avalanch Víctor showed Ardines the name and logo of WarCry. Ardines felt that those were “fantastic”, and that they should continue working on their new musical project, as they already had an “open path”.

They were joined by Pablo García and Fernando Mon, and recorded their debut album WarCry which was released in April 17, 2002. Shortly after the album’s recording they were joined by bassist Alvaro Jardón, formerly of Darna. The album received several postitive reviews, with Japanese rock magazine Karma calling it “a Spanish album that boosts true metal!”, and Kerrang! declaring it a “very good debut from a very good band that has pleasantly surprised everyone”.The band held auditions for a keyboardist in June and August 2002, deciding on Manuel Ramil.Instead of touring in support of WarCry the band began working on new songs so that they would have a larger repertoire to perform

* Víctor García – lead vocals (2001–present)
* Pablo García – guitars, backing vocals (2002–present)
* José Rubio – guitars, backing vocals (2007–present)
* Roberto García – bass, backing vocals (2004–present)
* Rafael Yugueros – drums (2007–present)

Former members:

* Manuel Ramil – keyboards (2002–2008)
* Alberto Ardines – drums (2001–2007)
* Fernando Mon – guitars, backing vocals (2002–2007)
* Alvaro Jardón – bass, backing vocals (2002–2003)

* 2002: WarCry
* 2002: El Sello De Los Tiempos
* 2004: Alea Jacta Est
* 2005: ¿Dónde Está La Luz?
* 2006: La Quinta Esencia
* 2008: Revolución


CD, 2000 – Jaus Records

1. Intro
2. Luz Del Norte
3. Quiero
4. Nadie
5. Pueblo Maldito
6. Cada Vez
7. Senor
8. Al Aalir El Sol
9. Trono Del Metal
10. Hoy Gano Yo
11. Nana
12. Amanecer


El Sello De Los Tiempos

El Sello De Los Tiempos
CD, 2002 – Jaus Records

1. El Sello De Los Tiempos
2. Alejandro
3. Hijo De La Ira
4. Capitan Lawrence
5. Tu Mismo
6. Un Mar De Estrellas
7. Un Lugar
8. Dispuesto A Combatir
9. Vampiro
10. Hacia Delante
11. Renacer

Alea Jacta Est

Alea Jacta Est
CD, 2003 – Jester Records

1. El Guardian De Troya
2. Iberia
3. Despertar
4. Lamento
5. Sin To Voz
6. Aire
7. Junto A Mi
8. Esperitu Del Amor
9. Fé
10. Reflejos De Sangre



Donde Esta La Luz

Donde Esta La Luz
CD, 2005 – Jaus Records

1. Nuevo Mundo
2. El Antecristo
3. El Regreso
4. Perdido
5. Hacia El Infierno
6. El Amor De Un Madre
7. Contra El Viento
8. En Un Lugar Sin Dios
9. Tu Ausencia
10. El Ultimo


Directo A La Luz

Directo A La Luz (CD+DVD)
Live, 2006 – Jaus Records

1. Nuevo Mundo
2. La Luz Del Norte
3. Hijo De La Ira
4. Contra El Viento
5. El Amor De Un Madre
6. Trono Del Metal
7. Espiritu De Amor
8. Tu Mismo
9. En Un Lugar Sin Dios
10. Nana
11. Capitan Lawrence
12. Hoy Gano Yo


La Quinta Esencia

La Quinta Esencia
CD, 18 September 2006 – Avispa Music

1. ¡Que Vengan Ya!
2. Ulises
3. Tu Recuerdo me Bastara
4. La Vieja Guardia
5. Un Poco de Fe
6. El mas Triste Adios
7. Buscando una Luz
8. Ha Pasado su Tiempo
9. Redencion
10. Mirando al Mar
11. Más Allá


WarCry – Revolución (2008)

1. La Última Esperanza
2. El Cazador
3. Nada como Tú
4. La Carta del Adiós
5. Invierno en mi Corazón
6. Coraje
7. La Prisión Invisible
8. La Vida en un Beso
9. El Camino
10. Absurda Falsedad
11. Devorando el Corazón
12. Abismo


3 Inches Of Blood

3 Inches of Blood, also known as 3IoB, is a Canadian heavy metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, formed in 1999. They are mostly influenced by the bands involved with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Before 3 Inches of Blood, Pipes and Hagberg were in a black metal band called Allfather. When Pipes was around 10 years old, he sang in his school’s choir.

Early Years, and the Battlecry Under a Wintersun era

The group initially performed with only Jamie Hooper as vocalist 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.[2][3] He was originally asked to add some vocals to the band’s already-recorded demo, Sect of the White Worm, and became a permanent band member after the results proved to the band’s liking.[4] Their debut album Battlecry Under a Wintersun was recorded in 2002 and released in cooperation with the Teenage Rampage and Fashion Before Function labels. It was later remastered and re-released by the band under their own label entitled Minion Music. 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.

Advance and Vanquish

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 2004 because “they could no longer commit to touring and needed to deal with some personal matters”.[5] They were also committed to a business that they had set up called Bloodstone Press, a union shop and party venue.[6] 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 2005 and was replaced by Alexei Rodriguez[7]) they founded the rock band Pride Tiger.[8]
Cam Pipes live on stage

The band plays music more oriented towards ’70s guitar-driven rock bands because, as Wood stated, “[m]etal 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”.[9] 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 three video games (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, Saints Row 2, and Brütal Legend), 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.

Also in 2005, Justin Hagberg recorded the guitars on the tracks “Dawn of a Golden Age” and “I Don’t Wanna Be (A Superhero)” for Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions. In October 2006, the band opened a show for Iron Maiden during the United States leg of their 2006 A Matter of Life and Death World Tour. The show was at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
[edit] 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, drummer of Slipknot as producer.[10] A demo of “Goatrider’s Horde” which was recorded in Seattle in the spring of 2006 was later made available for streaming on Roadrunner’s official website. Another demo of “Night Marauders” appeared in the fifth Battle Metal compilation album that was released in issue 161 of the UK magazine Metal Hammer.

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.[11] 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.[12] “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.”[13] 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.[14] He did not perform on the Ozzfest tour nor the Operation Annihilation tour. Harsh vocal duties were taken over by guitarist Justin Hagberg. Hooper did not perform with the band for the whole 2007-08 year.

Following a fight with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler on November 10, 2007 at the Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK, 3 Inches of Blood fired drummer Alexei Rodriguez and issued an apology for his behavior. The fight left Glockler with broken glasses and a black eye. Four security guards intervened and beat Rodriguez severely, hospitalising Rodriguez with a broken elbow. He was replaced by Ash Pearson (of Sound Of the Swarm & Just Cause) who later joined the band permanently.

Here Waits Thy Doom

Jamie Hooper was eventually forced to quit the band permanently in late 2008 after failing to fully recover and did not perform on Here Waits Thy Doom, making it the first album from the band not to feature any original members. Hagberg has taken over harsh vocal duties full-time. Hooper recently did a guest cameo appearance on Bison B.C.’s Metal Blade Records debut titled, “Quiet Earth”. Hooper performs the first verse on the song ‘Slow Hand of Death’. This is the first time Jamie Hooper has performed his screaming style vocals since he took his hiatus from 3 Inches of Blood.

Current members

* Cam Pipes – vocals (2001 – present)
* Justin Hagberg – Guitar (2004 – present), screamed vocals (2007 – present)
* Shane Clark – guitar (2004 – present)
* Ash Pearson – drums (2007 – present)

Current Live only Members

* Steve Ericksson – Bass (2009 – present)[16]

Former members

* Nick Cates – bass (2006 – 2009)
* Jamie Hooper – screamed vocals (1999 – 2008)
* Alexei Rodriguez – drums (2005 – 2007)
* Brian Redman – bass (2004 – 2006); Brian Redman was killed in a scooter crash in Tacoma, Washington on September 27, 2009, aged 31.
* Matt Wood – drums (2004 – 2005)
* Geoff Trawick – drums (1999 – 2004)
* Rich Trawick – bass (1999 – 2004)
* Bobby Froese – guitar (1999 – 2004)
* Sunny Dhak – guitar (1999 – 2004)


* Battlecry Under a Wintersun (2002)
* Advance and Vanquish (2004)
* Fire Up the Blades (2007) U.S. #147[18]
* Here Waits Thy Doom (2009) U.S. #195


* Sect of the White Worm (2001)
* Trial of Champions (2007)


* “Ride Darkhorse, Ride” (2002)
* “Destroy the Orcs” (2003)
* “Deadly Sinners” (2004)
* “The Goatriders Horde” (2007)
* “Trial of Champions” (2007)

Sect of the White Worm

Sect of the White Worm
EP, April 2001 – Auto-Production

1. Onward to Valhalla
2. Bloody Screams of Despair That Stain the Ice
3. Conquerers of the Northern Sphere
4. Tonight We Rejoice
5. Sunrise Over the Fjords


Battlecry Under a Winter Sun

Battlecry Under a Winter Sun
CD, 02 March 2002 – Sonic Unyon Records

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 Promised Land
7. Lady Deathwish
8. Curse of the Lighthouse Keeper
9. Blazing Fires of Evermore
10. Hall of Heros
11. Balls of Ice


Advance and Vanquish

Advance and Vanquish
CD, 19 October 2004 – Roadrunner Records

1. Fear on the Bridge (Upon the Boiling Sea I) 03:14
2. Deadly Sinners 04:30
3. Revenge Is a Vulture 03:26
4. Dominion of Deceit 04:18
5. Premonition of Pain 04:35
6. Lord of the Storm (Upon the Boiling Sea II) 05:05
7. Wykydtron 03:52
8. Swordmaster 04:24
9. Axes of Evil 04:28
10. Crazy Nights 03:18
11. Destroy the Orcs 02:21
12. The Phantom of the Crimson Cloak 03:11
13. Isle of Eternal Despair (Upon the Boiling Sea III) 03:51

Total playing time 50:53


Fire Up the Blades

Fire Up the Blades
CD, 26 June 2007 – Warner Music Group / Roadrunner Records

1. Through the Horned Gate 02:07
2. Night Marauders 04:15
3. The Goatriders Horde 04:13
4. Trial of Champions 03:39
5. God of the Cold White Silence 04:24
6. Forest King 05:16
7. Demons Blade 04:10
8. The Great Hall of Feasting 03:53
9. Infinite Legions 04:55
10. Assassins of the Light 03:20
11. Black Spire 05:23
12. The Hydra’s Teeth 04:49
13. Rejoice in the Fires of Man’s Demise 1:32

Total playing time 51:56


Here Waits Thy Doom

Here Waits Thy Doom
CD, 08 September 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

12. Not Fragile (Bachman-Turner Overdrive Cover)
13. Cities on Flame (Blue Öyster Cult Cover)
14. Daytona (Zeke Cover)