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Fire Up The Blades

Fire Up The Blades

May 8, 2007

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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: #103,576 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If you like metal, you will get your money's worth.
DrGnarlton
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.
Scott Hedegard
Bands like this hearken back to the days of real metal.
R. Anderson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on 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 By R. Anderson VINE VOICE on 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 By Ryan Slater on June 28, 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on February 22, 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Vincent on August 22, 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 By Nunya on August 2, 2007
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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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