This month Vancouver B.C. metal quintet 3 Inches of Blood is busy tearing up the road with Goatwhore. The band is out in support of its 2012 release, “Long Live Heavy Metal“. On Saturday, May 11, frontman Cam Pipes checked in from Miami to talk about the new album, his thoughts on Jeff Hanneman, his picks for essential NWOBHM albums, and his thoughts on the potential winner for Lord Stanley’s vaunted cup.
The band’s fifth album has been hailed as its best by fans and critics alike, and the addition of former Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory bassist Byron Stroud has only strengthened the line-up. Pipes and Stroud are driven by drummer Ash Pearson, and the dual guitar attack of Shane Clark and Justin Hagberg.
3 Inches of Blood‘s sound embraces the rich history of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, then cranks up the wattage and attitude. Their style and delivery is versatile enough to share the stage with almost any heavy band from Iron Maiden to Godsmack to Metallica to the aforementioned, Goatwhore. They are metal, pure and simple.
Often tabbed as the forerunners of the Renewed or American Wave of British Heavy Metal, Pipes offered us his list of five essential albums that any fan of the NWOBHM sound should own. He included Iron Maiden‘s debut album, Saxon‘s “Strong Arm of the Law“, Tank‘s “Filth Hounds of Hades“, White Spirit‘s eponymous debut, and “Stand Up and Fight” by Quartz. Get all the details below and find out who Cam thinks could take home the Stanley Cup this year with his own Vancouver Canucks out of the running.