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Three Inches of Blood - 2002 - Battlecry Under A Winter Sun - Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1 Ride Darkhorse, Ride
2 Destroy The Orcs
3 Headwaters Of The River Of Blood
4 Heir To The Chaos Throne
5 Skeletal Onslaught
6 Journey To The Promiseland
7 Lady Deathwish
8 Curse Of The Lighthouse Keeper
9 Blazing Fires Of Evermore
10 Halls Of Heros
11 Balls Of Ice
Now, this is what I would hand somebody if they wanted some pure heavy metal! Newly signed by Roadrunner Records, Three Inches of Blood is fast, aggressive and unrepentent in the 11 tracks on Battlecry will scare your parents like in the old days.

With better guitar work than the EP, These guys just rage through the tracks with the sound of old Overkill, the cheesiness and speed of Grim Reaper and the fury of Manowar on steroids. Their sound took me back to '86-'87 when bands were cranking up the speed to new levels.

There's an interesting dual set of vocals--one high-pitched regular, one high-pitched screaming--that adds a great effect to the vocal sound overall. Throw in some gang choruses with the fierce galloping guitars and the result is a potent mix of crazy molten metal.

Bottom Line: Great ferocious, shred your face off metal.

Best Tracks: Ride Darkhorse, Ride / Destroy The Orcs / Curse Of The Lighthouse Keeper


--Nailer 04.14.04
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2004
Eric Compton12/29/2004
Battlecry Under A Winter SunThree Inches of Blood
2002
Frank Hill4/14/2004


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