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Review: 3 Inches Of Blood - Advance and Vanquish
3 Inches Of Blood
Advance and Vanquish

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 50:43
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 18, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Advance and Vanquish

Rated 3.9/5 (77.95%) (39 Votes)

Well even if you have just dabbled into metal music you probably have at least heard of 3 Inches of Blood, probably heard the song Deadly Sinners. I know this album is now 5 years old and was probably one of the more influential albums that pushed me further into the world of metal. 3 Inches of Blood is a band that I think truthfully wants to play the style of music they are doing, although many critics claim them to be posers. It's easy to say with their lyrical themes; battles, open sea, trolls, Vikings, metal. Do people claim Manowar are posers? No, just an extremely over the top manly band. Now, with all my love of the band there are flaws to be heard.

What is Advance and Vanquish? It's a Heavy/Speed Metal album with godly awesome clean vocals and shitty metalcore screams, courtesy of an extra; this is not needed whatsoever and the album would probably be better if done without. That said, they still have him in the band to this day. Staying true to their roots is what 3 inches of Blood has done. They grew up listening to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and they are influences in their sound. My favorite song on this album is easily Wykydtron, it is by far the catchiest. It has one damn memorable chorus; "Hey it's a Wykydtron//It's a Wykydtron//Whoa-oh!!" This song is about a monster the human race created to fight wars for them and it escaped captivity only to take over, terrorize, and exterminate the human race. What isn't fucking metal about that? Catchy as AIDS Speed Metal that does have a unique touch with the metalcore style vocals, it's just fun and something to bang your head to. Everything is precise and memorable, the riffs are all good and don't copy their predecessors in the genre. 3 Inches of Blood nailed it on this album.

I think that others just want to call them posers because they can't handle a newer band being just as good as or better than their predecessors. Staying true to metal does seem to be some sort of ploy to gain popularity or kiddy fans. But damn, I don't give a shit because the music is badass and can blow a lot of shit out of the water. Since this album 3 Inches of Blood have released another album named Fire Up the Blades which is in the same, just produced differently. I hope they can keep their metal roots and keep writing stories about flesh-eating, human-produced monsters.

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