3 Inches of Blood is a heavy metal band from Victoria, British Columbia. The band was active from 1999 to 2015. During their time, they put out five full-length albums and a variety of EPs and singles. Their most recent album, Long Live Heavy Metal, was released in 2012.
The band is known for its catchy songs and riffs. Most of their lyrics surround concepts found in medieval fantasy stories, such as gladiators, orcs, and large-scale epic battles. People, including myself, love 3 Inches of Blood because they have a really tight sound alongside fun lyrics. Who said metal had to be doom and gloom all the time?
Over the course of the band’s career, 3 Inches of Blood had over a dozen different members. The band’s last lineup consisted of Cam Pipes on vocals, Nick Cates on bass, Ash Pearson on drums, Justin Hagberg on rhythm guitar, and Shane Clark on lead guitar.
Today I want to go over my twelve favorite 3 Inches of Blood songs (in no specific order). While I am partial to ‘Advance and Vanquish’ and ‘Fire Up the Blades’, I do enjoy their entire discography. Enjoy!
The Best 3 Inches of Blood Songs
Trial of Champions
Trial of Champions is my favorite song by 3 Inches of Blood. I love how it tells the story of a gladiator that wins his fight in the arena. He is even able to usurp the throne by taking out the emperor. This track always makes me feel like a badass when I listen to it.
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Trial of Champions is track four on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2007 album Fire Up The Blades. It has a runtime of three minutes and thirty-nine seconds.
Whenever I talk to someone about 3 Inches of Blood, the first song they mention is Deadly Sinners. This definitely seems to be their most popular song, at least in my anecdotal experience. I know a lot of people were introduced to 3 Inches of Blood when this song was featured on the soundtrack for Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. Great track nonetheless.
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Deadly Sinners is track two on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2004 album Advance and Vanquish. It comes in at four minutes and thirty-one seconds.
The Goatriders Horde
This is probably my second favorite 3 Inches of Blood songs. It is the only song of theirs that I can play on bass from memory. It is a really fun song to play. This song also has an amazing bridge toward the end of the song.
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The Goatriders Horde is track three on 3IOB’s album Fire Up The Blades. It comes in at four minutes and two seconds.
Hey! It’s the Wykydtron! Whoa-oh! Wykydtron, in my opinion, is one of the sillier songs by 3 Inches of Blood. It is also one of the catchiest. Wykydtron tells the story of an AI monster that ends up trying to take over the world. It plays on the fears of technology that can be seen in our modern society.
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Wykydtron is track seven on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2004 album Advance and Vanquish. It comes in at three minutes and fifty-two seconds.
Metal Woman is track one on the 2012 release Love Live Heavy Metal. It comes in at four minutes and forty-eight seconds.
Destroy The Orcs
Sometimes you just have to kill a bunch of orcs. We’ve all been there. This track brings imagery of a large-scale Lord of the Rings-style battle.
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Destroy The Orcs is track 11 on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2004 release Advance and Vanquish. It has a length of two minutes and twenty-one seconds.
Silent Killer is track three on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2010 release Here Waits Thy Doom. It comes in at four minutes and twelve seconds.
Axes of Evil
Axes of Evil is track nine on 3IOB’s 2004 album Advance and Vanquish. It has a runtime of four minutes and twenty-eight seconds.
The Phantom of the Crimson Cloak
.The Phantom of the Crimson Cloak is track twelve on the album Advance and Vanquish and comes in at three minutes and eleven seconds.
Forest King has one of my all-time favorite 3 Inches of Blood choruses. Rise up! Feed off the dead! I love this track because of the imagery that comes through the lyrics. The forest is coming to life to defend itself. It reminds me of old Swamp Thing comics.
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Forest King is track six on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2007 release Fire Up The Blades. It has a length of five minutes and sixteen seconds.
Master of the blade. Wielder of the steel. The Swordmaster is out for vengeance and will slay anyone in his path. This song just rips hard.
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Swordmaster is track eight on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2004 album Advance and Vanquish. It has a runtime of four minutes and twenty-four seconds.
The Great Hall of Feasting
The Great Hall of Feasting is another silly song by 3 Inches of Blood. This track talks about the warriors feasting after a long day of battle. I love this song because it really feels like a celebration. One of my favorite aspects of 3 Inches of Blood is their ability to match the music’s tone to the lyrical content.
The Great Hall of Feasting is track 8 on 3 Inches of Blood’s 2007 release Fire Up The Blades. It comes in at three minutes and fifty seconds.
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