3 Inches Of Blood have been utilizing the services of many bassists on the road since Jamie Hooper left the band in 2008. Now with their new album Long Live Heavy Metal set to come out on March 27 via Century Media Records, and with the Metal Alliance Tour just around the corner, it would appear that the Vancouver metal group have found a new permanent bassist.
It was announced today that 3 Inches Of Blood have been joined by Fear Factory bassist Byron Stroud, who has previously worked with the band on a variety of things. Stroud had the following to say about his new gig:
“I am super stoked to let everyone know that I have joined my brothers in 3IOB. We are busy rehearsing for touring of the new record Long Live Heavy Metal. The band asked me to come on board as manager last year. We rehearse in my bike shop, I’ve toured with them in the past and being involved in many aspects of the new record has been extremely gratifying for me. I’m looking forward and see a great future for this band. I’ll see you all on tour this year.”
While Stroud (also formerly of Strapping Young Lad) is now a member of 3 Inches Of Blood, we assume that he’s also still a member of Fear Factory, who have just confirmed the title of their new album today. Though the bassist said that he has been involved in many aspects of the new record, it’s currently unclear as to whether he recorded bass for the album or not. Guess we’ll on March 27 when the album comes out, if not sooner.