3 INCHES OF
is a Canadian heavy metal band from in Vancouver, British Columbia,
which was formed in 1999.The band was highly influenced by the bands
involved with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal of the late 1970s and
early 1980s. Their sound is also very thrash-influenced and contains
major elements (namely vocals) of early death metal and black metal
bands. Before 3 INCHES OF BLOOD came into being, members Cam
Pipes and Justin Hagberg were in a black metal band named Allfather.
initially performed with only Jamie Hooper on vocals before the addition
of Cam Pipes. Hooper, Sunny Dhak and Bobby Froese got together to do a
one-off reunion gig for an old group of theirs, however, things went so
well they decided to continue under a new moniker. Pipes heard their
demo EP at the house of Hot Hot Heat keyboardist Steve Bays, a longtime
friend and former bandmate. He was originally asked to add some vocals
to the band's already-recorded demo, ‘Sect of the White Worm’, and was
welcomed as a permanent member after the results proved to the band's
liking. Their debut album ‘Battlecry Under a Wintersun’ was recorded in
2002 and released in cooperation with the Teenage Rampage and Fashion
Before Function labels. It was later remastered and re-released by the
band under their own label entitled Minion Music. This release went by
almost unnoticed until the band's UK distribution label decided to put
them on as a support slot for a tour with platinum rock band The
Darkness. This exposure gained them much critical attention and acclaim
in the world of underground metal, and they were signed up by major
label subsidiary Roadrunner Records in 2004.
out an advertising blitz, and the track "Deadly Sinners" from the band's
second release ‘Advance and Vanquish’ appeared on numerous sampler CDs,
compilations, and even a video game (Tony Hawk's Underground 2) creating
a huge press hype for the band that caused their popularity to
skyrocket, with a slot on 2005's Road Rage tour in August (with bands
like Machine Head and Chimaira) gaining them many new fans. The band
wrote their entire third studio album in Tacoma, Washington and
performed their new songs at various places in the vicinity of
Washington. By December 2006, the band had begun to record material for
their follow-up album at the Armoury Studios of their hometown, and
revealed that it would be titled ‘Fire Up the Blades’, with Joey
Jordison of Slipknot as producer. During the 2007 Ozzfest Tour, Jamie
Hooper was unable to sing with the band as he was experiencing throat
problems, and was warned by doctors that he may damage his voice
permanently if he did not rest it. The screamed vocals were (and
continue to be) performed by guitarist Justin Hagberg. Jamie Hooper
wouldl not perform with the band for the whole 2007-08 year.
The world is
eagerly awaiting the triumphant return of one of the biggest defenders
of traditional heavy metal, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and the
anticipation continues to build to epic proportions. The stunning new
album, ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’, was tracked in Seattle’s Sound House
Recordings with renowned producer Jack Endino (High On Fire) and is soon
to be hailed as the gospel of all things heavy.
It seems there
is much to talk about and so we tracked down guitar player
to ask him some questions, here you can read what he had to say to the
readers of Metal-experience.
Congratulations on your new album ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’ which will be
out soon, of course we’d like to ask you a couple of questions about
How did you
launch into writing material for ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’ and how much time
did you spend on the songs?
We had three songs that were around for a while but we essentially wrote
the album in the two months before we recorded it. We wrote 5 days a
week and it’s the most focused and productive the band had ever been.
approach did you take to make this album, did you go for a more raw
exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your previous other works,
or something all together different?
Our approach was much like ‘Fire Up
the Blades’ in the way that we didn't follow a strict formula. Justin
and I just wrote straight up metal songs that we would listen to. That
being said, we have broad musical tastes so there are peaks and valleys
on the album, from fast pummeling songs to Rainbow type rock.
come easily so that you just had to write them down or was it more of a
careful composing thing?
The songs were composed for the most part carefully, but there were a
few songs that came quick and easy in a day. It’s never the same with
first, lyrics or melodies?
That is Cam's department, but what I gather is sometimes it’s the melody
first and sometimes it’s the other way around depending on the song.
the goals you had in mind when you started to record ‘Here Waits Thy
Doom’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album? Was it a
conscious decision to do it this way?
I think one thing that happened
unconsciously was the very solid and memorable chorus type parts that
were absent on the last one. I think that has a lot to do with Cam being
more upfront in the vocalist department.
please describe the implications of the title ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’,
what does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind it?
think it is something with an open ended meaning that could have
different meaning for anyone. There is some mystery there that we find
elaborate on the lyrics?
The lyrics are a little more broad I would say, again this is Cam's
department but I think he did a great job in the realms of fantasy and
story telling mashed in with mythology. That’s what I get out of it
Can you give us a little background about the songs on the album, is
there a story behind them?
The songs we wrote together have a common glue
to them because we feel that we overcame many obstacles over the past
couple of years and we wrote them with passion and focus.
Why did you
choose to record covers of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Blue Oyster Cult
and Zeke songs?
These are songs that are some of our favorites of all time. We listen to
a lot of music together in the Van and all three of these bands are
among our all time favorites.
time did you spend in the studio?
We wrote the album in two months and recorded it in three weeks.
was produced by Jack Endino, what made him the perfect man for the job?
Jack has recorded many bands that we admire and we wanted to get a very
natural sound for the record so he was at the top of the list. We wanted
certain things that were specific and these are things that he does
In which things/songs on the new album can one clearly hear your
vision and ideas?
would say you hear Justin and I writing together as more of a team
mostly, but you can hear justin's style on songs such as “Rock in Hell”,
“Snake Fighter” and “Silent Killer”, while songs like “Battles and
Brotherhood”, “Great Glacier” and “Execution Tank” are more my natural
style. Ash did an amazing job on the album and has a great feel
throughout, he is a very inventive drummer and is great with the
What do you think are the main differences between your previous album ‘Fire
Up the Blades’
Waits Thy Doom’?
many differences between them both. Starting from the writing, this time
was much more focused because the lineup for the first time shared a
common vision. Recording wise, we went for a more natural sounding 70's
metal inspired recording.
What is the
utmost important ingredient for a song?
A riff that kicks you in the balls.
Do you have
any favourites on the album?
Not yet, I still look at the album as a whole but favorites come and go
as you start to play them live.
party opinions (press, fans, etc.) about your music important to you? Or
are your music and band the only things that matter?
Our fans are very important to us, but it all comes down to making
music for the sake of making music. That’s what got you your fans in the
you pleased with the outcome of the songs or would you have liked to
have changed anything in retrospective? Which element of the CD are you
most proud of?
have to say I'm proud of the album as a whole piece. As a musician or
artist you have to look at a piece and let go at some point and if you
don't like something down the road you try and do better the next time
Can you tell
us a little about yourself and the kinds of things that motivate you in
your writing, your poetry and your lyrics?
Music and art inspire my music ( Cam writes the lyrics ) I like the
escapism of our lyrics, it’s like a book, you use your imagination.
albums under your belt, how far has you career surpassed your original
dreams and what would you say is the most rewarding part of being in the
don't think we've surpassed our dreams because we feel we are living our
deam of just playing music all the time for people all over the place.
We work hard and the most rewarding part is seeing hard work pay off.
What is your
opinion on the metal scene these days? What do you think about the
overload of bands at the moment and is there anything missing in the
think the metal scene is better than ever, but I mean true underground
music. There will always be bands in the limelight doing the fad thing,
but extreme music whether it’s Traditional Metal, Doom, Symphonic Black
Metal etc.. there will always be bands pushing the envelope and creating
respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Metal : Life
Canada : Home
What can we
expect from 3 Inches Of Blood in the near future, any touring plans for
When the album comes out we will hit the road in the states with In
Flames, do our own thing and then tour Europe with Black Dahlia Murder
in the winter probably.
Where do you
see 3 Inches Of Blood going within the next couple of years, and where
do you see your musical direction going for the next album?
The next album is ways away so we'll see where we're at when we get
there. The next few years will include touring and staying on the road
as much as possible playing for the people.
left to say to our readers?
to Nude with Boots- Melvins, it’s really good
Cam Pipes –
Vocals (2001 – present)
– Guitar (2004 – present), Vocals (2007 – present)
Shane Clark –
Guitar (2004 – present)
Ash Pearson –
Drums (2007 – present)
Geoff Trawick –
Drums (1999 – 2004)
Rich Trawick –
Bass (1999 – 2004)
Bobby Froese –
Guitar (1999 – 2004)
Sunny Dhak -
Guitar (1999 - 2004)
Matt Wood –
Drums (2004 – 2005)
Brian Redman –
Bass (2004 – 2006)
Rodriguez – Drums (2005 – 2007)
Jamie Hooper –
Screams (1999 – 2008)
Nick Cates –
Bass (2006 – 2009)
a Wintersun (2002)
Fire Up the
Here Waits Thy
Sect of the
White Worm (2001)
Trial of Champions (2007)