With the Big 4 tour (Metallica, Megadeath, Anthrax and Slayer) set to roll through massive arenas this spring, die-hard thrash-metal fans will be pleased to know that bands like Canada's 3 Inches of Blood will still be sweating it out in more intimate settings. Despite having formed in 2002, the group purveys a brand of metal that's a throwback to thrash's heyday, when the acts on the Big 4 tour were still sleeping on floors and Lars Ulrich wasn't such an asshole. The release of 2009's Here Waits Thy Doom on Century Media Records marked the replacement of founding vocalist Jamie Hooper with Cam Pipes, a transition that ultimately appeared seamless, with both singers conjuring images of Overkill's Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. The group, which toured with Iron Maiden in 2007, celebrates the bombast and spirit that the current Big 4 still possess, but also embodies the blood and grit that its "4" fathers may have forgotten.
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