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  • This item rules. Three is one of the best bands I’ve ever heard. The guitar work is stellar.

    If you like this check out the solo material from, the singer/guitar player, Joey Eppard.

    Posted on November 17, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The Good
    Twisted bass lines and driving guitar rhythms dominate “Alien Angel.” Joey Eppard’s vocals are quite unique. I can honestly say I’ve heard nothing like them, although people have told me they’re similar to Coheed and Cambria. “Monster” infuses progressive electronic elements into the mix to make for a more textured rock track. “Wake Pig” explores the possibility of the World’s destruction due to war and conflict. It has a psychedelic feel to it, but it’s the message that really drives it home.

    Although Eppard’s vocals are melodic throughout the album, they really shine on “Dogs of War.” It’s an acoustic track filled with a lot of passion and emotion. The lead guitar riff and pulsing drum work help define “One Way Town.” 3 take a dark, ominous turn with “Circus Without Clowns.” The mix of acoustic and electric guitars help create the mood of the lyrics. The band caps off this album by pulling out all the stops on the sixteen minute epic “Amaze Disgrace.”.

    The Bad
    I could have done without “Where’s Max.” Seems like filler to me.

    The Verdict
    Wake Pig was a totally unexpected experience. When I think of Metal Blade Records I think of balls-to-the-wall, full power, hardcore metal. 3 is one of the most unique hard rock bands that I’ve heard in a while. Their mellow hard rock rhythms and progressive elements are just what the current mainstream rock landscape needs to break up the monotony. Wake Pig a refreshing journey into an alt. rock world that people seldom get to hear.

    Posted on November 17, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When my brother told me about this group,I had to check them out.Oh my Gosh,if you are into Prog rock,buy this cd.I could listen to the song Wake pig 100 times in a row.Highly recommend!

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve had this album for about 10 months now, I’ve seen this band live several times (they’re from the next town over), and have met and hung out with every member, it’s safe to say that there is no “Dash of Coheed and Cambria” here. In fact Coheed and Cambria began its career opening for 3. Some may recognize the last name Eppard, thats because both Josh (Coheeds drummer 1st three albums) and Joey are brothers. Josh is the original drummer for three, but in my oppinion was replaced by one of the greatest drummers of today, Gartdrumm. Many elements of 3’s influence can be heard in the tracks of Coheed and Cambria’s latest album, listen closely wherever there is acoustic guitar.

    Anyway, the 411 on this album:

    Track one, Alien Angel, is not only a highlight of this album, but of 3’s live performance as well. Heavy chorus’s, chilling verses, not much else to say, an excellent showcase of the bands ability to create a haunting mixture of Progressive Rock, Metal, and Psychedelic. Not to mention that the music video is quite entertaining as well.

    Track two “Monster” and track three “Dregs” meld together in a similiar groove, however still achieve that haunting mixture, while showcasing Eppards outstanding and unique acoustic guitar capabilities.

    Track four, five, and six, sort of run together, in the way that they are mixed that is. By no means does the sound get boring and meld. Track four “Wake Pig” starts off with an interesting drum beat into 3’s signature heaviness. This really was the first song on the album that I found truly epic, it ends and flows into Joey’s signature Slap-Flamenco track “Bramfatura.” After a few minutes of virtuosity, the track ends, setting the stage perfectly for the absolute highlight of this album, track six, “Trust.” Theres nothing to say for this track except, wow! That haunting fusion returns with the addition of a pulsing polyrythmic beat shared between the drummer and the percussionist. Once the chorus hits, it just blows you away, one of the most epic tracks I’ve ever heard, absolutely perfected by Eppards vocal stylings.

    While the rest of the songs after track six are great (even “Wheres Max” its obviously not a serious track people), track 13 (“Amaze Disgrace”) is the last highlight (as well as the last track). Another epic, a slightly poppy’er chorus, but it really shows its muscles in the second half, following Joey Eppards immense vocalization. You’ll need to see to believe it.

    You are a fool not to get this album!

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • In a music industry oversaturated with black hair dye, ear plugs, studded belts and tight pants, a true music appreciator lies awake at night wondering what the destination of music will sound like. One’s music should not be based on looks, how big one’s tour bus is or how many shirts and posters you can sell at Hot Topic or Newbury Comics.

    I heard about 3 from their support from ,now, famous Coheed And Cambria. The backstory goes as follows; the singer and guitarist for 3, Joey Eppard is the older brother of Coheed And Cambria drummer/Weerd Science brainchild Josh Eppard. I actually heard Joey’s solo album “Been To The Future” before hearing any of 3’s releases. I remember the day I played “Balloon” and my friend and I were immediately floored. I thought to myself “how is this guy not all over the radio/television?” Joey Eppard truly is a living legend in the making.

    Onto the review part!

    This album is a re-release of a Planet Noise Records (now signed to Metal Blade Records) album. The only difference is the remastering and 2 new songs “One Way Town” and “Circus Without Clowns.” This album is so ecclectic and structurally diverse, it’s scary.

    1. Alien Angel 5/5 – good choice for an opener, it starts out very dark and atmospheric with a swirling guitar, airy vocals and hard hitting drums. There’s a dark breakdown that almost tells like a story, with this being the buildup. The chorus is catchy and Joey’s vocal ability at the end of the song is evident.

    2. Monster 5/5 – the intro is dreamy. Joey Eppard reveals his acoustic guitar skills. The great thing about this song is the mix of acoustic guitar and electric. The drums keep a nice steady beat. The lyrics are excellent. oh and the brief solo is reminiscent of Hendrix. Very spacey, almost dream-pop-rock song.

    3. Dregs 4/5 – the only reason this get’s a lower score than the last two is because they released the same song on “Summercamp Nightmare.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent song, but they could have mixed it differently. Again…here’s the mix of acoustic and electric. The gutiar riff is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Background vocals are what make this song. The mood of the song is very creepy. It’s a 3 classic.

    4. Wake Pig 5/5 – Holy lord. If this album ever wanted a single, this would be it. Bass line is awesome, the vocals are almost acrobatic. Chorus is so quirky and catchy. An excellent Pink-Floydesque breakdown and weird effect gives the song a new element. Not to mention the Iron Maiden like harmonizing guitars and solo. The vocal outro is gut-wrenching.

    5. Bramfutura 5+/5 – Joey on acoustic guitar. instrumental. What the hell planet is this guy from? I’ve never heard anything so technically proficient and creative in my life. Think Justin King meets Flamenco.

    6. Trust 5/5 – Without a doubt, my favorite song on the album. A little similar musically to Monster, but the vocal melody, and the tribal drums are much better. The breakdown, again is dark and scary (you probably shouldn’t listen to this album in the dark, it’s reminiscent of a horror movie or a nightmare)Blast beat drums and spooky almost windchime like sounds. Chorus is excellent, but the best part is the vocal outro again. “Look into my eyes at the price I’ve paid…” probably the best vocal melody I’ve ever heard.

    7. Dogs of War 4/5 – Acoustic guitar, airy, breathy vocals. Again another spacelike, dream-pop atmosphere. The lyrics are excellent.

    8. Soul To Sell 4/5 – Crazy atmospheric intro. Very 60’s feel to this song. Great rhythm and strange timing drums in this song. More Pink Floyd sounding.

    9. One Way Town 4/5 – Good bass, cool drums. There’s a vocal breakdown in this song that’s pretty phenominal.

    10. Queen 5/5 – This song is just insane. I can’t even really describe it. Tribal. It’s like a Native American drum circle at night during the apocalypse. Gartmann (the drummer) really goes crazy in this song.

    11. Circus Without Clowns 4/5 – Relaxing acoustic guitar and nintendo sounding background guitar. good solo. The vocals are beautiful.

    12. Where’s Max 5/5- Another crazy damn song simliar to Queen. There’s a guitar replication of a neighing horse in this song. Vocals provided by friend of the band Max Olsen. This song sounds like what you would get if The Red Hot Chilipeppers and Primus beat the snot out of each other in at a rave in the middle of the desert.

    13. Amazedisgrace 5+/5 – I can’t say enough good things about this song even though Joey has redone it about 3 times. This song is almost like an epic journey. Great beat, and almost latin sounding guitar. Also, there is a vocal breakdown part where Joey almost sounds Arabic. Then the song kicks back into full gear…

    there’s a few minutes of silence, then a nice treat for fans of the song “Trust” (LIKE ME!) with a little more Gartmann.

    If you get the chance, GO SEE THIS BAND LIVE, they are just as good in person as they are on record…I see a great future ahead for this band, great musicianship and incredible, limitless talent.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now