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3 Inches Of Blood are currently headlining a twenty-two date tour of Europe with their new album, 'Long Live Heavy Metal'. I caught up with guitarist Shane Clarke for a quick chat before their show at the White Rabbit, Plymouth.

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Shane, good to meet you! You are almost at the end of the UK leg of this current tour. How has it gone so far?

"The tour is going really well! The attendance has been good, we have a solid line-up and each person brings something cool to the table."

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What is the story behind Byron joining the band?

"He joined just before we recorded the new album. We have known him for a while and he has had a long time business relationship with the band. His schedule was free so it made sense he should join us. He had filled in for a tour a while back and expressed an interest in joining us a while ago. The chemistry was good and he's a Vancouver guy and we now have the most solid line-up we have ever had."

A contentious question you may not want to answer. What are your thoughts about your old label Roadrunner closing their European operation?

"They also shut the Canadian operation. When we were with them they did Jack Shit for us so it's not much of a surprise. It's a natural progression of where record labels in general are going; it's not a shock, just inevitable. It is unfortunate for bands that had a distribution deal with them or young bands that may have to start over."

How well is the new material being received live?

"Across the board this record has received the best reception so far of our career. Live the reception is great and we can tell people have listened to the new album by their reactions."

Your sound has evolved away from power Metal style and towards a more classic Heavy Metal style. What brought this change about?

"The last three albums have been a progression in our style; the earlier albums had a different line-up who stuck to a particular formula. 'Long Live Heavy Metal' is a perfect snapshot of this progression and a good representation of all the styles for fans that have been with us from the start."

On 'Long Live Heavy Metal' the track 'Metal Woman' sounds like it has a strong Judas Priest influence. Is it a tribute to the legends perhaps?

"That comment is a complement. If someone hears an influence that is cool. Sometimes subconsciously there can be an influence."

The track 'The Chief And The Blade' has a very strong folk feel to it. What was the inspiration?

"There is a cool story about that track. It was written on a twelve string and we wanted a flute sound so we contacted Alia O'Brien from the Canadian Heavy/Doom Metal band Blood Ceremony and asked if she was up for it and she said OK. We think it's a good idea to have an acoustic interlude in our albums. We had one on the last album and it breaks the album up a bit. It also leads into 'Dark Messenger' really well."

Thank you for your time Shane, any last comment you would like to make?

"We are excited to be back in the UK and having a new album to tour. Getting the music to the fans is what we are all about. We have just done six weeks in the States and after this tour we have another two week tour in the States. We will be back in the UK before the New Year."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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