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3 Inches Of Blood Talks About Split with Roadrunner Records

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MetalSucks recently caught up with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD vocalist Cam Pipes before their hometown show in Vancouver with BISON B.C. Pipes spoke about touring in support of the band's most recent record, the band's split with Roadrunner Records, writing new material, and what the future holds for 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. An excerpt follows:

MetalSucks: One of the major events this year is that you’ve split with Roadrunner records. What happened to that relationship between the label and the band?

Cam Pipes: It was time for them to decide if they were going to pick up the option for the next record. They didn’t and we’re happy about it because we didn’t really like being with that label. There was a lot of things inside the label that we didn’t like in terms of how they showed their support for us and how they pushed our band in the press. We really didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. They’re a really big corporate label now owned by Warner, so they’re moving strictly in a “We want to make money” direction and we weren’t putting up the numbers that they would have liked to see. We got dropped on the priority list time and time again and then they finally decided that it wasn’t economically viable to keep releasing this band. It's enabled us to be a lot more creative on where we want to go. We’re not tied down to a long term contract anymore, so we can go explore other options and hopefully we’ll be a little more free to do certain things with a label that’s a lot more focused to promote us in a better way and [is] more geared towards our style.

MetalSucks: Are you looking for a label right now or are you happy to be an unsigned touring band?

Cam Pipes: We started looking for labels right off the bat and we’re still weighing our options, but we think we might be getting close. I’m not going to give away any names of potential labels right now but something could happen soon. We’re going to keep writing either way. That was always our focus to just be writing around this time and putting out new songs.

Source: MetalSucks.net

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1. Alec29 writes:

I hope they find a new home soon. Awesome band on a once-was, now has-been label. Roadrunner was , at one time one of the better labels out there. Now, ehhhh.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 3:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jenny writes:

Yeah. In terms of what Cam said, I'm glad they left the label! I dig the band's attitude on things; I'm sure things will work out. I'm so curious as to what their new options are.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. d writes:

i was able to open up for these dudes a while back and all cool guys but yea Roadrunner treated them like sh** they had nothing and for being on such a huge label i was even surprised to see how little support they got from them. Basically if your not gonna play arenas roadrunner aint interested.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. some_guy writes:

i'd kinda like to see them go into the Metal Blade family...

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. DeathInEye writes:

It's sad really, I used to worship RRR. I'd tell people they were my ideal label. Now I wouldn't even consider sending them a demo. Same thing might be happening with Century Media and Nuclear Blast, although I still enjoy some of their bands.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Treacherous.J.Quick writes:

It's unfortunate that bands get pressured to compromise and make more financially viable music but such is the way of music business. These record labels do not run a charity for creative experimentation, they're running a 'for-profit' business similar to any other industry. If you're not moving units, you're not doing your 'job'. Having said that, 3 Inches of Blood made an honorable, if not gutsy, call to leave a major label to pursue another label that will treat them with the respect that they believe they deserve. I've had many a headbanging session to these guys and hope they can find a more suitable home soon.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kali writes:

Man! Seems like alot of bands are jumpin' ship with Roadrunner, like it's sinkin'!

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. murder667 writes:

thats cuz if your not slipknot roadrunner dont give a f*** about you. ive seen 3 inches of blood twice in support of other bands and they were great. made me a fan. they never got a push from roadrunner.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Netromancer writes:

Once again, Treacherous said it all for me.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 8:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ...... writes:

Roadrunner records are not really an Underground Metal Recording Label. While they do still have a fair few bands who don't get huge press releases about their releases and tours, they seem to focus on bands which are popular to the regular market suck as Slipknot, Trivium, Nickelback..and why wouldnt they?? - those bands make them some serious $$'s. They are a business and need bands like that to operate. I've gotta say they do pick bands that put on good live performances.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. TimW writes:

I agree...god forbid the f***ing label that fronted the band money actually see a return on there investment. Nowadays you would think bands would be alitle more smarter with there money and stop paying heavy money to record albums. Ive heard alot of BS about how bands record and it sickens me the money they blow. Business is still business and everyone involved needs to make money...so stop always blaming the label. I buy want i want to hear not because you had creative freedom...i give 2 sh**s about your creaticve freedom....play wtf made you popular to begin with, i hate when bands stop being who they are so they can make some sh** album.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metalmayhem writes:

i f***ing love these guys...if i had to guess, metal blade will be picking them up right quick....saw them in providence, ri and they ripped it. one of the few true straight up metal bands out there and they were so tight. hope they find a home quick. however, this is how they make their living so someone out there f***ing pay them cause they are a great band.....

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Netromancer writes:

Yeah, it's terrible when people want to play from the heart. It should be all about the money. Honestly, man, if thats how you feel there are genres of music that have been and will be more than happy to accomodate you. Pop, Rap, Country, the list goes on. These styles of music will continue to shovel out formulaic, cookie-cutter tunes which will be forgotten in a month, but will be followed up by more of the same. Enjoy.

Metal music has never been about doing whats popular, or radio friendly, or something soccer mom's can play at their kid's B-day parties. While I agree that the record company should make money off their investment, you are talking about the fundamental element of music here. Creativity. Push that to the side and it's done. Even if less well known bands like 3 Inches of Blood get forced into a mold the potential is gone. Nothing new, no ground broken, no progression.

Fortunately for folks like myself, it seems 3 Inches of Blood is fine with the split, even if it wasnt 100% their choice.

# Dec 17, 2008 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. DeathInEye writes:

TimW: "Nowadays you would think bands would be alitle more smarter with there money and stop paying heavy money to record albums."

First off all, props to your coherent sentence structure.

Second, last I checked, the label is who makes decisions on how much money goes to recording/promoting. The label is investing money, true, but I think the adage: 'the more you put in, the more you get back' fits here.

The band's "job" is to write, tour and make artistic decisions. When you're given a tight budget, time constraints are created which causes stress, which can limit a band's freedom and ability to produce that sound you're so accustom to, TimW.

# Dec 18, 2008 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Treacherous.J.Quick writes:

The label sets the budget on recording, promoting, and touring. Depending on the success of the band, the budget can vary greatly. This puts many new artists in a tough position because the labels want to see how they perform before they throw too much money at them. This often leads to a tight budget and hectic recording and touring schedule. If a band does not do well during this probationary period, the label is hesitant to give out much more money or even keep them aboard. Right or wrong, this is how the game is played.

The purpose of the band is to write and perform great music, but it is their job, under the employment of a label, to make money. It's the cost of beng on a big label. There's some great smaller labels around that promote great music they feel strongly about regardless of music sales or show attendance, but certainly, most major labels(any profitable one, at least!) require more than a warmness in their heart as incentive to maintain and promote a band...which costs money.

Road Runner didn't see 3 Inches of Blood as a good investment of their money and chose to allocate their funds to more profitable sections of their artist roster. I, personally, think it's a mistake, and hope that 3 Inches of Blood will prove that to them when they find a new label.

# Dec 18, 2008 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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