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3 Inches of Blood: Here Waits Thy Doom
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Century Media Records
August 31st, 2009
Release length: 51:28
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3 Inches Of Blood have returned and have parted ways with Roadrunner Records, and finding themselves on one of the most well known metal labels out there: Century Media Records. Surely this signing has a lot of the metal elitists cursing like mad and calling for a boycott of the label’s products. But, along with the change of label comes a shift in the music. Here Waits Thy Doom is a far more serious release then anything the band has put out before, sounding more a blend of hard rock and heavy metal now, dropping the real power metal influence. This, however, does hurt the music, and will take some time for career-long fans to get acquainted with.

The thing about this release is that there seems to really be something missing musically with the release, and whether it is the fault or the band or production value is a bit rough to decide. Really, it seems like it is more of a production issue, as the guitars just lack that bite that they have had on previous albums. However, some of the songs on this release just feel like filler, or really should have been cut down. “Battles And Brotherhood” is an alright song, as is a good majority of “Snake Fighter”, but it’s nothing too spectacular due to how clean the guitars sound. Really there isn’t anything much that will really reach out to you until “Fierce Defender” with how the vocals are handled, and the rather odd hard rock track, “Preacher’s Daughter”, which will really catch you by surprise with it’s Black Sabbath-like feel and slower paced music, which does pick up near the end into the more heavy metal sound.

So, Here Waits Thy Doom starts off rather rocky, but the rest of it is actually pretty good, save for “Snake Fighter”. Aside “Preacher’s Daughter”, it’s the last two full length tracks, “All Of Them Witches” and “Execution Tank” that truly stand out. With what has been said about the start of this release, one would picture that these three longer songs would just feel beat to death by just drawing it out. Luckily this isn’t the case, as the music on these are usually of a more mid-tempo pace, but very well done and has a lot more going on musically, as well as some epic moments here and there, such as keyboards on “All Of Them Witches”, which you don’t really hear anywhere else, and the acoustic interlude “12:34” makes for a good segway into “Execution Tank”. These songs also do not feature the background shouting vocals that kind of contradict with the falsetto vocals by Pipes on this one.

Here Waits Thy Doom is a decent album that finds 3 Inches Of Blood maturing more as a group. The only problem is that the album kicks off rocky, and has it’s moments throughout, but it’s the three rather long, more laid back tracks that really stick out on the album. It’s sad to see this dramatic a change, and to see this band being so serious now. While not a bad album, this isn’t really that great an album, or by any means where people new to this band should start. All in all, this is a decent blueprint album, and hopefully the next one will be all laid out.

01. Battles and Brotherhood – 4:46
02. Rock in Hell – 4:56
03. Silent Killer – 4:12
04. Fierce Defender – 5:15
05. Preachers Daughter – 6:47
06. Call of the Hammer – 2:57
07. Snake Fighter – 3:18
08. At the Foot of the Great Glacier – 3:17
09. All of them Witches – 6:42
10. 12:34 – 1:45
11. Execution Tank – 7:33
Overall Score: 5.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.