Riff of the Day (Nov 12) 3 Inches Of Blood – Battles and Brotherhood

3 Inches Of Blood – Battles and Brotherhood (from the album Here Waits Thy Doom, Century Media Records, 2009) Sadly, 3IOB played their final show this past weekend in their home town of Vancouver. For the past ten years, these guys were the premier Canadian metal band. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest heavy metal acts in the world, and I was fortunate enough to see them on play on three occasions. I would love to dedicate Battles and Brotherhood to 3 Inches Of Blood. Thank you for the years of keeping metal strong in Canada and beyond. Thanks boys! Crank this son-of-a-bitch up.

T.

Riff of the Day – Bison BC – Primal Emptiness of Outer Space

Bison BCPrimal Emptiness of Outer Space (from the album Quiet Earth, Metal Blade 2008) From Vancouver comes Bison BC, with sludgy riffs and aggressive vocals that make you bang your head, whether you want to or not. Along with fellow Vancouver band 3 Inches of Blood and Anciients, Bison give Canada a reason to believe that metal is alive and well. One of the better live bands I’ve seen, these beer drinking metal dudes love to put on a good show. 3 Inches of Blood guitar player Shane Clark has recently taken over bass duties from the departed Masa Anzai, but that won’t slow this fierce beast from spreading their doom across the land.

T.