Review: 3 Inches of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal
The ability to write the perfect heavy metal song is laid down to a tee on this album as well. The band manage to create achieve the verse-chorus-verse-chorus pattern with much ease with the striking opener Metal Woman and Men of Fortune being finest examples of rapid fire riffs and galloping basslines in verses being balanced out by massive choruses with a gripping selection of hooks.
While this thrashy array of powerfully written heavy metal is the main offering , one stand out moment on the album is the short and sweet closer One For the Ditch, which manages to be one of the most atmospheric songs they've created in it's acoustic led mellowness. In many ways, it is fully epic.
So, that's all that really needs to be said about this album. If you know about 3 Inches of Blood, I'm pretty confident that you know the sound of traditional heavy metal inside out. This album is certainly made by a group of gentlemen that do and for a genre that has been unchanged since at least 1983 or so, it's sounding as enjoyable and thrilling as ever. Long Live Heavy Metal!!!
3 Inches of Blood's Long Live Heavy Metal is out now via Century Media. The band will tour the UK in May with Goatwhore, Angelus Apatrida and Havok.