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.

BAND MEMBERS:
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)

DISCOGRAPHY:
Albums

* 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

EPs

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

Singles

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

Sect of the White Worm

TRACK LIST:
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

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Battlecry Under a Winter Sun

TRACK LIST:
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

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Advance and Vanquish

TRACK LIST:
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

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Fire Up the Blades

TRACK LIST:
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

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Here Waits Thy Doom

TRACK LIST:
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

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

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