Three Inches of Blood brought their “Here Waits Thy Doom” North American tour in support of their latest album of the same name to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom this past Friday night. Along for the party were local thrashers The Golers and Vancouver’s Bison B.C.
The Golers started things off and set the tone for the rest of the night. This was not going to be your average heavy metal concert. Pealing out track after track from their 3 cd’s – 1999’s “South Mountain Style”, 2004’s “Second Generation” and 2008’s “Backwoods Messages”, the boys attacked their instruments, abused their microphones and pummeled the steadily growing crowd into a slamming, circling, moshing frenzy by the end of their 30-minute set. But this was only the beginning.
Next up were punk-metal masters Bison B.C. The Commodore was steadily approaching maximum density and virtually everyone was psyched and ready to get their eardrums ripped out by the time Bison came out on stage to chants, cheers and the occasional mostly-empty beer cup thrown at the stage. Bison of course brought their A-game and shredded out a roughly 40-minute set that included tracks from their 2007 Forest Records EP “Earthbound” and their 2008 Metal Blade release “Quiet Earth”. They were tight. They were hyped. They were having a blast. They were REALLY loud. They were everything their faithful followers expected.
Sealing the deal on the night was the band everyone in the now solidly packed Commodore was waiting for. The crowd cheered and screamed (and threw a few more mostly-empty beer cups) as 3IOB took the stage to the familiar campy strains of the “Star Trek Fight Music”. You’ve GOT to love a band makes that kind of entrance. The Golers were good and Bison B.C. gave it their all, but 3IOB stepped it up to an entirely new level. The mass of fist-pumping, screaming fans were given hardly any time to catch their breath between tracks drawn from 3IOB’s early years straight through to their latest CD “Here Waits Thy Doom”, released just last week by Century Media Records. It’s no wonder that they have cultivated the type of loyal, ravenous following they have over their 10 year career. In slight contrast to Bison B.C.’s skater-punk-thrash-metal stylings, 3IOB’s sound is firmly rooted in the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) of the 70’s and 80’s. The clear influences of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, to name just two, will keep metal purists coming back for more but there’s just enough thrash and black metal thrown in to keep everyone else more than satisfied.
After an almost hour-long assault, the crowd was given a few minutes reprieve before 3IOB came back on for a 3-song encore which included their righteous cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s “Cities on Flame with Rock And Roll” and “Deadly Sinners” from 3IOB’s 2004 Roadrunner Records release “Advance and Vanquish”. Only a few handfuls of people had dared leave before the end of the show and all those who remained til the bitter end left satisfied, pumped and maybe just a little more deaf than when they arrived but knowing they had just been truly and completely rocked by three of Vancouver’s best metal bands.
Three Inches of Blood continues its tour with Canadian and U.S. dates through the end of October, and then take “Here Waits Thy Doom” through Europe in the New Year. More info including tour dates, bio’s and downloads can be found at http://www.3inchesofblood.com. Bison B.C. can be found on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/bisoneastvan and The Golers are also on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/golers.
Review By Paul Oostergo / Photos By Paul Oostergo
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