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3 Inches Of Blood Feel Dirty Around Goths

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Chart Attack reports: Vancouver's 3 Inches Of Blood — currently on the road in support of fellow black metal behemoths Cradle Of Filth and Finnish glamsters The 69 Eyes — are clearly the black sheep of the tour.

"We feel like a bunch of dirt bags next to all of these goth people," jokes vocalist Jamie Hooper while navigating the wilds of Vermont in a van with a broken-down heater. "We have to up the quotient of PVC and eyeliner in the band... there are certainly a lot of leather pants on this tour."

Oddballs or not, 3 Inches Of Blood have received rave reviews nightly by pummelling the audience with a raging Judas Priest-meets-Slayer attack entirely unlike 69 Eyes and their H.I.M.-inspired low-key metal. Hooper and crew are still modestly shocked by the praise though.

"People come up to us and say that they just came to see us. It's flattering to hear people say that they spent all of this money on a ticket and then leave before Cradle Of Filth, but it proves we're doing something right."

Utilizing the tour as a means of introducing the world to tertiary effort Fire Up The Blades (Roadrunner), due out on May, 3 Inches are reinvigorated by a new lineup featuring guitarists Shane Clark and Justin Hagberg, bassist Nick Cates and drummer Alexei Rodriguez. Hooper and fellow longtime vocalist Cam Pipes are audibly excited about their input on the 10 songs that encompass Fire Up The Blades.

"We were nervous at first because all the musicians on the records are different from those on [2004's] Advance And Vanquish. We were wondering if we were gonna still sound like 3 Inches Of Blood. It doesn't… it's better. We've picked up the pace on some songs, so it's thrashier, with more double-kick, but also some laid-back rock songs. The fast songs are more pummelling than they used to be. We've been listening to too much black metal over the years, if there is such a thing."

While stepped up in ferocity, Hooper assures fans that the typical 3 Inches Of Blood topics of post-apocalyptic scenarios and beer-drinkin' are still prevalent. The album is completed aside from final artwork, and the band will tend to their own headlining tour once the stint with Cradle Of Filth winds down in late March. For now, though, they'll have to stick to opening slots.

"It doesn't matter as long as we're playing," says Hooper. "It's weird and refreshing to get back out on the road playing every night.

"When you're in the studio not playing shows for a couple of months, you're like, 'What the hell? Wasn't there something I was supposed to be doing tonight?' Not only that, but it seems like everyone in the band has a side project too… stuff like lounge music. After a few weeks of that, you're like, 'Fuck, I've gotta play some metal!'"

Here are remaining 3 Inches Of Blood's Canadian tour dates with Cradle Of Filth and 69 Eyes:

Feb. 8 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
Feb. 9 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Feb. 10 Kelowna, BC @ The Well
Feb. 11 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Source: ChartAttack

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1. MetallicPunk writes:

Sounds like Canada is lucky to get all 3 bands.

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 12:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. makesnosense writes:

Now I do not know who the hell this band is, but I agree that I also feel like I'm at a dirtbag fest whenever I'm at a show with "gothic" kids. I don't understand it completely, but if they want to be goth, fine, thats your thing, but at least take a shower, greasy hair isn't in style and never was and never will be.

# Feb 3, 2007 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hairyjerry writes:

the reason i did not buy tickets to this show is because i heard that 3 inches of blood were not playing, i have seen them before and it was probally the best show i've been too,even though one band was christian rock and the other dropped out, they are ecstatic! but i have just won the tickets and am going to the show in calgary.
i am not a fan of 69 eyes or cradle of filth but i will still watch them

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4. Azazel_Begotten writes:

I have yet to listen to 3 inches of Blood

# Feb 4, 2007 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Madame_Guillotine writes:

HIM inspired??? the 69 eyes were big before HIM... that's why it was such a cool thing for Ville to make an appearance in the Wasting the Dawn video... The 69 Eyes have been inspired by other bands, sure (who hasn't?), but HIM was not one of them... try Sisters of Mercy, SMACK, or Hanoi Rocks... but yeah, 3 inches of blood... i agree that they do stand out next to the gothic headliners but their music is phenomenal! They rocked the Phoenix in Toronto... i was definitely rocking out the whole time... and i'm glad that, in true metal fashion, they're not put off by being different... they're rocking it hard and representing the Canucks in the metal scene... thank you!
P.S. hey, "makesnosense" i'm a goth and i shower every day! gotta keep all three feet of lucious black locks shining lol but i do know what you mean... i've seen those kids too lol

# Feb 17, 2007 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. GodxKiller writes:

3 inches of blood is absolutely amazing. I was gonna go see them in Anaheim, but it has been sold out. I planned on leaving before the other two bands started playing, even though i have never heard anything by either one of them.

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7. StabbingTheDrama writes:

3 Inches of Blood are the only ones I like out of these three. I would've sent to see these bands but it was on the night of the Super Bowl.

# Feb 18, 2007 @ 1:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. lordofmetal writes:

well i dont like him or the 69 eye's the like some goth metal thing LOL 3 inches of blood rule ther like power/trash/death/oldschool/nu/metal ther not in a metal group rely but i woud go for power metal for them can't wait for the new ablum i hear 2 songs and its gon be 2007 metal ablum off the year \m/ \m/

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9. Nightmare writes:

I am shocked at this.. I heard rumours but now I know its true.. Man.. I listened to some of thier songs, and dont get me wrong, I LOVE the riffs and if it wasnt for the vocals they would be a number 1 in my book. But man... To sh** all over black metal and say they are all goths.. That pisses me off.. Black metal isnt even a gothic style like f***... Im not saying there arnt goths who listen to it, im saying nobody should be judging black metal as a goth genre. I mean COF? I HATE COF! I have to agree that THEY ARE GOTHIC I hate thier sound.. They were ok in the old days but man they lost anything black metal they once had. I also hate HIM its boring as hell. But before labeling the entire genre these guys need to do the research. f*** this retarted band.

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