Oh man, the ripping falsetto days.
There once was a time when people were breaking the law with Halford and running to the hills with Dickinson. That time has thus since passed along with gaudy accessories and spandex.
All that debauchery was good stuff and I’m glad 3 Inches of Blood is keeping it alive. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a band that’s kinda power metal at best, though they’re testing serious pagan/folk elements on Long Live Heavy Metal.
Indeed. I mean, at first the title sounds so incredibly lame that I wanted to avoid it at all costs. Like damn, if you’re bold enough to wish for heavy metal’s long existence (which really, Manowar says to die for it) then it better be an album worth bringing to the table. No shudders.
For this Canadian five-piece, it’s not an issue. In fact one gnarly bass intro and the welcoming presence of vocalist Cam Pipes in “Metal Woman” works perfectly. Make your presence known, right?
The next few songs are songs of evil and death like “My Sword Will Not Sleep” and “Dark Messenger.” Then there’s “Leather Lord” which has that audio equivalent of flashing sirens to signal this is a single. People diss it, but the masses will like this song.
Pipes’ falsetto is beyond reminiscent of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands, especially in “Men of Fortune.” But it’s not all shock and solos – Long Live Heavy Metal has two pagan instrumentals that aren’t cheesy one bit (“Chief and the Blade” and “One For the Ditch”). They showcase the best of 3 Inches of Blood because it’s, you know, only slightly dangerous to go out on a limb and do folk metal. That’s something that could actually saw the branch out from right under a band, but damn does it work here. And that’s aside from the fast-paced “4000 Torches” in the middle of the record, where a few other songs are slightly melded together thereafter. Overall though, the album is a headbanger.
Long Live Heavy Metal feels like a story. All the gold, guts and glory one can handle. There are some sharp objects and shadowy figures. Some are betrayers and some are unexpected along the way. But nevertheless it’s a genre journey.