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Advance And Vanquish - 3 Inches of Blood

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: 3 Inches of Blood / Audio CD released 2004-10-18 at Roadrunner

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      29.07.2009 15:36
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      Silly but immensely enjoyable melodic metal

      US metal band 3 Inches of Blood's 2004 album 'Advance and Vanquish' is an enjoyable exercise in poppy and bombastic Gothenburg-tinged melodic metal. The songs are all fast-paced and upbeat numbers full of catchy riffs and uplifting melodic solos, whilst the vocals are a mix of light gravelly growls and clean singing in the ridiculous falsetto metal style of Rob Halford and King Diamond. The fantasy themed lyrics are all in the spectacularly silly sword and sorcery vein of Manowar, with plenty of delightfully daft choruses throughout ("Flash of iron, leather, spikes and swords/Mighty warriors with metal on their side/Enemies of metal, your death is our reward/Triumphant victory when you bring the steel to life"), whilst the production is typical of Roadrunner Records, ie squeaky clean and stupidly overpolished.

      There's nothing at all original here, but the album makes up or it by being incredibly good, switch-your-brain-off fun with plenty of hugely enjoyable overblown guitarlines and fantastic high pitched choruses that are enjoyable as they are silly. The up-tempo songs are dynamic and consistently entertaining, whilst both vocals and music are well executed throughout. Its a very shallow album, but one that's full of energy and revels in its own naivety, merging classic power metal/heavy metal with slick overproduced, mainstream modern-metal sensibilities to create an album that whilst fairly throwaway is nevertheless great fun and ideal for a quick blast should you need cheering up fast.

      Well worth a look for fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, King Diamond, Blood Tsunami and In Flames.


      1. Fear on the Bridge (Upon the Boiling Sea I) 03:14
      2. Deadly Sinners 04:30
      3. Revenge Is a Vulture 03:26
      4. Dominion of Deceit 04:18
      5. Premonition of Pain 04:35
      6. Lord of the Storm (Upon the Boiling Sea II) 05:05
      7. Wykydtron 03:52
      8. Swordmaster 04:24
      9. Axes of Evil 04:28
      10. Crazy Nights 03:18
      11. Destroy the Orcs 02:21
      12. The Phantom of the Crimson Cloak 03:11
      13. Isle of Eternal Despair (Upon the Boiling Sea III) 03:51

      Total playing time 50:33


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Fear On The Bridge (Upon The Boiling Sea I)
      2 Deadly Sinners
      3 Revenge Is A Vulture
      4 Dominion Of Deceit
      5 Premonition Of Pain
      6 Lord Of The Storm (Upon The Boiling Sea II)
      7 Wykydtron
      8 Swordmaster
      9 Axes Of Evil
      10 Crazy Nights
      11 Destroy The Orcs
      12 The Phantom Of The Crimson Cloak
      13 Isle Of Eternal Despair (Upon The Boiling Sea III)

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