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Here Waits Thy Doom (CD)
In metal, one of the things that keeps bands from advancing to the so-called next level is that they simply don't stand out. Their musicianship may be flawless, their songwriting spectacular, but if there's nothing to differentiate them from the masses, they'll remain forgettable. That's not the case with 3 Inches Of Blood. Love him or hate him, vocalist Cam Pipes' high pitched voice makes them instantly recognizable.
Here Waits Thy Doom showcases Pipes even more. Jamie Hooper, who did the harsh vocals, has left the band. What few gruff vocals remain are done by guitarist Justin Hagberg. The result is a more old-school sounding CD, mixing power and thrash metal with NWOBHM influences.
3 Inches Of Blood vaults out of the gate with "Battles And Brotherhood." It's fast and catchy, and sets the stage for an album packed with excellent guitar work from Hagberg and Shane Clark. The production from Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana) helps with the old school vibe, leaving a bit more rawness than some of the band's previous albums.
The band is at the top of their game with uptempo tracks like "Silent Killer," but also show some versatility. "Preachers Daughter" is more laid back and groovy with a slower tempo. "Call Of The Hammer," gallops along with a thrash vibe before shifting into more moderately paced ominous riffs, then speeding up again.
Here Waits Thy Doom wraps up with the acoustic instrumental "1234" followed by the 7 plus minute epic "Execution Tank." It features some of the album's best riffs and a catchy refrain. From top to bottom, this is 3 Inches Of Blood's most diverse and potent album yet.
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