Fire Up The Blades
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Fire Up The Blades

May 8, 2007

  Song Title
Through The Horned Gate
Night Marauders
The Goatriders Horde
Trial Of Champions
God Of The Cold White Silence
Forest King
Demon's Blade
The Great Hall Of Feasting
Infinite Legions
Assassins Of The Light
Black Spire
The Hydra's Teeth
Rejoice In The Fire Of Man's Demise

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Copyright: 2007 The All Blacks B.V Issued under license to Roadrunner Records from The All Blacks B.V.
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  • Total Length: 51:42
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  • ASIN: B001200S0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,201 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars furious Canuck metal that takes no prisoners October 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've loved all things heavy since I was a teenager back in the late '70's. Maybe some will sneer at me for being too old to be listening to metal, but the hell with 'em. I'm a guitarist, and I explore the instrument in all its possibilites. Metal was my escape and now I admire it for its technical precision which alt rock dweebs couldn't hope to equal, the youthful energy and just plain good playing, depending on the band. I don't like rap-metal at all, so don't even bring it up.
Three Inches Of Blood are a unique outfit for having two singers, one covering the Halford range coyote yelps, and the other spewing gutteral croaks that sound like Satan with gas. Frankly, I'm a little tired of "grunt vocalists", so having one that can sing is refreshing. Trivium, for example, needs to make up their mind on their vocals. I'd much prefer the clear singing and harmonies, but hey, nobody asked me.
That little complaint aside, Three Inches newest slab features breakneck riffing, harmonies ala Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the imagery of medieval times and thunderous drumming and production - in other words, textbook metal. It isn't a ripoff, or a tired formula, however. What makes bands like Three Inches work is love of the music, dedication and real ambition. This is why some metal acts like Saxon, Judas Priest and the aforementioned Iron Maiden are still together and still command very respectable audiences worldwide. Critics can slobber all over the next "sensitive" songwriter, pop diva or whomever. It remains a fact though that for sheer career security, metal outrivals all other forms of rock music, and that's saying something. Getting Three Inches of Blood's latest is a good example of an unfairly maligned musical form done right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Relese of 2007 August 30, 2007
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I can't stop listening to this album. It is truly a metal masterpiece. I'm a 80's metal fan (megadeth, metallica, anthrax, etc). I didn't like the turn that most metal took in the mid 90's. Bands like this hearken back to the days of real metal. No holds bard in your face thrash, speed, and aggression. Every song on this album is pure metal gold. The mix of growling and operatic singing is so unique, yet fits them so well. King Diamond meets In Flames with double bass up your you know what.

Like I said, every song is a gem, but my favorites include Goatrider's Horde, God of the Cold White Silence, and Infinite Legions.

I really hope these guys get the exposure they deserve. This is the metal that metal fans desire. Keep it up 3IOB!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAMN!!! June 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is probably one of the best albums ive heard in a while(after Horse The Bands "A Natural Death"). I saw 3 Inches live last year and i thought their music at the time could not be out done but for once i was wrong and im happy for that, because this album went above and beyond any of my expectations. I talked to the lead singers and they said it was due summer of 07 and anxiously i waited and once i got it it was well worth the wait. And on top of it they added akeyboardist to the mix... f***king awesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT...........!!!! August 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A perfect blend of traditional and modern metal.2007 has turned into an AMAZING year for metal,and 3IOB is one of my top 5 releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 minutes of fun! February 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Following a three year hiatus after the release of "Advance and Vanquish," 3 Inches of Blood returned in 2007 with "Fire up the Blades." So what has changed since 2004? Well, all of the musicians, for one (that's right, the former guitarists, bassist, and drummer have all been replaced!). They've also tapped a new producer (Slipknot's Joey Jordinson), and now boast substantially better guitar work, more technical drumming, more memorable and individually remarkable songs, a more pronounced thrash influence (this is easily their thrashiest release thus far), and even a few black metal tinges. With all of these changes, one might expect the new record to sound drastically different than past releases. But it doesn't; in fact, it only changes in one way - for the better: "Fire up the Blades" is hands down this Vancouver, Canada based sextet's finest effort to date.

If there was any real doubt if 3IOB were at all a metalcore band before, there should now officially be none - they are power/traditional/speed/melodic thrash through and through. This album is definitely influenced greatly by the likes of Judas Priest, Metallica (circa "Master of Puppets"), Iron Maiden, and Dokken, and it takes more than few cues from Dragonforce, as well. You will also hear shades of Motorhead, Megadeth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Thin Lizzy, Exodus, Manowar, Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Cacophony, modern thrash (a la Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold), Helloween, Gamma Ray, Pantera, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, King Diamond, Saxon, and Kreator. Indeed, the final sound isn't a homage to just one band -- it is more like a throwback to all old-school metal.

Now, let's get this out of the way: It is true that Cam Pipes, um, pipes aren't the easiest thing to listen to, and take some time to get warm on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness +4 August 3, 2007
By Jeremy
Format:Audio CD
Definitely impressed with this album. It farkin' rocks. Much better than Advance and Vanquish imo and that album rocked too. It sounds a little more thrashy than their first album and maybe a little less of the high pitch singing, but still plenty of it. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Buy Buy itx2
Had to buy this a 2nd time since Apple does not allow you to move your music the way you want to. These guys are well worth it.
Published 14 months ago by JHM
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album by 3in o blood
Musically surpassed Advance and Vanquish. Last record with two lead vocalists, which was one of the most unique features of this band. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by DrGnarlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bona Fide current Metal!!!
(This is more or less a review of the Band, but this album overall is great!) If you like classic metal like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and the heavyness of current metal like... Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Nightwing's Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Up the Blades!!!
This was my first 3 Inches of Blood album. It was given to me by a metalhead friend; otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked it up. Read more
Published on June 12, 2010 by P. Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Band
Awesome band and great CD. I bought an older album to start and have since purchased the most recent. Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by Rachel K. Mott
5.0 out of 5 stars this is pure HammerFall worship
3 Inches of Blood sounds like a myriad of bands such as HammerFall, Messiah's Kiss, Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Iced Earth, and Judas Priest. Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by king beagley
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BAND!
I never been a fan of power metal or trash unless it had some screams with brutal sounds mix with death metal and that,but when i first heard this band i just love it. Read more
Published on July 25, 2008 by Brusso Magallanes
5.0 out of 5 stars Split your skull metal
I listen to an awful lot of metal and have always really like the heavy trash style that was around in the early 90s when I was in middle school. Read more
Published on February 21, 2008 by Publius
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!
I wasn't sure if 3IB would be able to put out a good follow up to Advance and Vanquish, but Fire Up the Blades is excellent. Read more
Published on January 4, 2008 by Isaac Salapa
5.0 out of 5 stars By far best metal release this year!!!
This is music. It's always an amazing feeling to find a band this awesome in this day and age. A true salute to the thrash/black metal of yesteryear, with a battle flag for the... Read more
Published on September 6, 2007 by Deimos
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