Fire Up the Blades

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Fire Up the Blades
Studio album by 3 Inches of Blood
Released May 28, 2007 (2007-05-28)
(See release history)
Recorded November 2006 at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre Heavy metal, power metal, thrash metal
Length 51:52
Label Roadrunner
Producer Joey Jordison
3 Inches of Blood chronology
Advance and Vanquish
(2004)
Fire Up the Blades
(2007)
Trial of Champions
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Stylus Magazine (A−) link

Fire Up the Blades is the third studio album by Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood. It was released on 26 June 2007 by Roadrunner Records and is the band's final release through the label. The band confirmed in February 2006 that they had begun to write new material, and by then had about four songs prepared to appear on the forthcoming album. A demo of "The Goatriders Horde" which was recorded in Seattle in spring 2006 was later made available for streaming on Roadrunner's official website.

Fire Up the Blades marks the first major role of Joey Jordison of Slipknot and Murderdolls, as a producer, who revealed that he'd been a fan of the band since their first studio album, Battlecry Under a Wintersun.[1] This was not his first feat as producer overall however, as he produced several tracks on the 2005 Roadrunner Records artists collaboration album, Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions. It is also the first release by the band to feature lead guitarist Justin Hagberg, rhythm guitarist Shane Clark, bassist Nick Cates and drummer Alexei Rodriguez; the latter of whom was kicked out of the band six months later.

Background information[edit]

Prior to the album's release, the band stressed that Fire Up the Blades would be "darker, tighter and more dangerous" than their Roadrunner Records debut.[1] "This album is heavily influenced by low quality beer, bong rips and listening to black metal in the dark," says Hooper. "It doesn't sound blatantly black metal, it still sounds like us. But it's a faster, more intense version of us."[2]

A sampler containing demo versions of "The Goatriders Horde" and "Night Marauders" began circulating the internet in March 2007. This sampler may have been bootlegged however, as a demo version of "Night Marauders" was previously released that January on a free CD issued with that month's edition of Metal Hammer magazine. The demo of "The Goatriders Horde" was also most likely ripped from a stream of the song which was made available on Roadrunner Records' website.

On at least one occasion since the firing of drummer Alexei Rodriguez, the band has performed live with Joey Jordison, who also produced the album, as drummer.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by 3 Inches of Blood

No. Title Length
1. "Through the Horned Gate"   2:07
2. "Night Marauders"   4:15
3. "The Goatriders Horde"   4:02
4. "Trial of Champions"   3:39
5. "God of the Cold White Silence"   4:24
6. "Forest King"   5:16
7. "Demon's Blade"   4:10
8. "The Great Hall of Feasting"   3:53
9. "Infinite Legions"   4:55
10. "Assassins of the Light"   3:20
11. "Black Spire"   5:23
12. "The Hydra's Teeth"   4:49
13. "Rejoice in the Fire of Man's Demise"   1:33
B-sides
No. Title Length
1. "Key to Oblivion"   4:09
2. "Nocturnal Command"   5:21
3. "Diamonds of the Black Chest"   3:04

Song meanings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Japan May 28, 2007 (2007-05-28)
Worldwide June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26)

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