3 Inches Of Blood
LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL
I'll write a full review here in a second, but I can sum up this release in a single sentence. If you liked them before, get it. It's as simple as that.
LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is another dose of traditional heavy metal with odd vocals that are one part King Diamond and one part Arch Enemy all rolled into one. While a completely different animal entirely, they are very much like Volbeat in that you will either love them or hate them based almost entirely on if you dig the vocals. LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL is everything that any fan of Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest or any band in between looks for musically, with those vocals being either the added bonus or the reason you skip them entirely. Cam Pipes is definitely a unique vocalist to say the least. His sound on throughout is EXACTLY the same as it was the day these guys first came to prominence. Songs like "4000 Torches" could have appeared on any one of their albums and no one would know that it was from a different era of the band.
Musically though, there are some subtle developments from the band. When 3 Inches Of Blood arrived, they were a bit more of a modern band with a lot of classic power metal influence. With LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL, they seems to have transitioned out to being a full on classic metal band musically. Songs like "Leave It On The Ice" are as classic as anything you will ever here; complete with overblown area rock solo bursts from guitarist Shane Clark. One song, "Metal Woman", pays not so subtle homage to "The Hellion" by Judas Priest with Clark classically playing the intro before erupting into a thrashing riff that is one of the most memorable on the disc.
PITRIFF RATING - 82/100 - There's not a ton to say here about LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL. 3 Inches Of Blood have moved backward in time a bit stylistically, but have maintained their core sound with LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL. This is a release that, like everything else they do, you will love or hate based almost entirely on the vocals. Musically, it's right there for the classic metal fan. Even if you don't like the vocals, a heads up for you would be to go see them live. They are absolutely fierce in that environment. Solid effort from these guys.