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3 Inches of Blood was a thrash/Power Metal band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada formed in 1999. Their style is inspired by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and more modern death and black metal bands, which is mostly shown through vocalist Cam Pipes's Halford-esque singing style and former vocalist Jamie Hooper's screams and growls. On their first two albums, the NWOBHM influence is seen far more than the death metal influence, but their third release, Fire Up the Blades, shows far more of the death metal influence and was described to be inspired by "low quality beer, bong hits and listening to black metal in the dark." Here Awaits Thy Doom returned to the NWOBHM influenced style.

They were often accused of being a joke band, though the band disagreed. While they acknowledged that they were ridiculously over the top, they did not consider themselves to be a joke band.

On June 2, 2015, the band has announced their disbanding and that their final performance will be in Vancouver on November 7, 2015. Ash Pearson has also joined Revocation as their new full-time drummer, which may have had something to do with the breakup; the future plans for Pipes, Hagberg, and Clark are unknown.

Final line-up:

  • Cam Pipes: Vocals (2001-2015)
  • Justin Hagberg: Guitar, screams, and growls (2004-2015)
  • Shane Clark: Guitar (2004-2015)
  • Ash Pearson: Drums (2007-2015)

Former Members:

  • Jamie Hooper: Screams and growls (1999-2008, quit due to vocal injury)
  • Bobby Froese: Guitar (1999-2004),
  • Sunny Dhak: Guitar (1999-2004)
  • Rich Trawick: Bass (1999-2004)
  • Brian Redman: Bass (2004-2006)
  • Nick Cates: Bass (2006-2009)
  • Geoff Trawick: Drums (1999-2004)
  • Matt Wood: Drums (2004-2005)
  • Alexei Rodriguez: Drums (2005-2007, Fired for injuring Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler in a fight)


  • Albums:
    • Battlecry Under a Wintersun (2002)
    • Advance and Vanquish (2004)
    • Fire Up the Blades (2007)
    • Here Waits Thy Doom (2009)
    • Long Live Heavy Metal (2012)

  • Extended Plays:
    • Sect of the White Worm (2001)
    • Trial of Champions (2007)

  • Singles:
    • "Ride Darkhorse, Ride" (2002)
    • "Destroy the Orcs" (2003)
    • "Deadly Sinners" (2004)
    • "The Goatrider's Horde" (2007)
    • "Trial of Champions" (2007)

This band may exhibit the following tropes:

  • Religion Rant Song: Dominion of Deciet.
  • Revenge Is A Vulture: His head placed on a pike for all to see!
    • "Destroy the Orcs" is about a man finding his family has been slain by Orcs. Taking his broadsword in his hand, he follows them to their camp and has his vengeance in blood.
  • Soprano and Gravel: In a modified variant as Pipes' high pitched singing can be considered a harsh style by those not versed in metal singing styles. Hooper's vocals are a far more straightforward example of harsh.
  • Start My Own: Jamie Hooper helped found the death metal/crust act Erosion with members of Baptists in the 2010s.
  • Tank Goodness: "Execution Tank."
  • Troperiffic
  • When Trees Attack: "The Forest King."