Advance and Vanquish

Song meanings

Through interviews, vocalist Jamie Hooper has revealed the meanings and themes of the songs from Advance and Vanquish:
  • "Fear on the Bridge" is the first part of a pirate trilogy entitled "Upon the Boiling Sea". The second part is the sixth track, "Lord of the Storm" and the third is the thirteenth track, "Isle of Eternal Despair". The trilogy is mainly about greed and punishment and was inspired by the music of German power metal band Running Wild
    Running Wild (band)
    Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s. The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of Under...

  • "Deadly Sinners" is about a fictionalized glory of Heavy Metal
    Heavy metal music
    Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and the United States...

    , and those who unsuccessfully attempt to destroy it.
  • "Revenge Is a Vulture" is "about something that you've set out to finally accomplish," as stated by vocalist Jamie Hooper.
  • "Dominion of Deceit" is the band's "pagan
    Paganism is a blanket term, typically used to refer to non-Abrahamic, indigenous polytheistic religious traditions....

     power song," also stated by Hooper. It tells a story about heathens uniting to rise against the sanctity of the church.
  • "Premonition of Pain" is about a soothsayer
    Fortune-telling is the practice of predicting information about a person's life. The scope of fortune-telling is in principle identical with the practice of divination...

     who alerts his king about fore coming dangers, but the king would not listen and is defeated because of his own folly.
  • "Wykydtron" is about a cyborg
    A cyborg is a being with both biological and artificial parts. The term was coined in 1960 when Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline used it in an article about the advantages of self-regulating human-machine systems in outer space. D. S...

     created to serve mankind, who eventually becomes out of control. The story of the name of the song as follows: "An unnamed band that opened for us wasn't very good," explains Hooper. "Somebody ripped their name off a poster and wrote in 'Wykydtron.' I don't know what it means, but it sounded cool and futuristic. So we developed it into a space-themed tale of cyborg warfare."
  • "Swordmaster" is about the revenge of a knight
    A knight was a member of a class of lower nobility in the High Middle Ages.By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior....

  • "Axes of Evil" is based on human greed. In the words of Hooper, "people with good intentions, once given the power sometimes don't know what to do with it, and that's where that one is coming from." Similarities can also be drawn to the human storyline of the game WarCraft 3, which Pipes has commented as having influenced the song.
  • "Crazy Nights" was written by vocalist Cam Pipes
    Cam Pipes
    Cam Pipes is the lead vocalist in the Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood. He performs a falsetto vocal style reminiscent of King Diamond...

     about a good time the band had in London, where they got into a bar fight in New Cross
    New Cross
    New Cross is a district and ward of the London Borough of Lewisham, England. It is situated 4 miles south-east of Charing Cross. The ward covered by London post town and the SE 14 postcode district. New Cross is near St Johns, Telegraph Hill, Nunhead, Peckham, Brockley, Deptford and Greenwich...

  • "Destroy the Orcs" was inspired by the work of J. R. R. Tolkien
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College,...

    , and also about revenge
    Revenge is a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance, be it real or perceived. It is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance; it may be characterized, justly or unjustly, as a form of justice.-Function in society:Some societies believe that the...

  • "The Phantom of the Crimson Cloak" is about a creature that feeds on human flesh and hunts and kills anyone who crosses its path in the night.


  • Cam Pipes
    Cam Pipes
    Cam Pipes is the lead vocalist in the Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood. He performs a falsetto vocal style reminiscent of King Diamond...

     – clean vocals
  • Jamie Hooper – screaming vocals
    Screaming (music)
    Screaming is a vocal technique that is most popular in subgenres of heavy metal, punk and hard rock, including metalcore, deathcore, post-hardcore, groove metal, black metal, and grindcore...

  • Sunny Dhak – lead guitar
    Electric guitar
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  • Bobby Froese – rhythm guitar
  • Brian Redman – bass
  • Matt Wood – drums
  • Brian Deck – drum technician
  • Mike Gitter – a&r
    Artists and repertoire is the division of a record label that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists. It also acts as a liaison between artists and the record label.- Finding talent :...

  • Neil Kernon
    Neil Kernon
    Neil Kernon is a musician/record producer/mixer/recording engineer - from London, England.He has worked with a number of artists over the last 30 years, but may be best known for his work with Hall & Oates on three of their most important albums - 1980's Voices, 1981's Private Eyes, and 1982's H2O...

     – producer, engineer
  • UE Nastasi – mastering
    Audio mastering
    Mastering, a form of audio post-production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device ; the source from which all copies will be produced...

  • Edward Repka – cover art
  • Colin Richardson
    Colin Richardson
    Colin Richardson is a British record producer, mixer and recording engineer. He has worked on over 100 albums, and is most frequently associated with heavy metal and its subgenres such as:*Anathema*As I Lay Dying*Behemoth*Bullet for My Valentine...

     – mixing
    Audio mixing (recorded music)
    In audio recording, audio mixing is the process by which multiple recorded sounds are combined into one or more channels, most commonly two-channel stereo. In the process, the source signals' level, frequency content, dynamics, and panoramic position are manipulated and effects such as reverb may...

  • Dan Turner – mixing assistant


  • "Destroy the Orcs
    Destroy the Orcs
    "Destroy the Orcs" is the second single by Canadian power metal band 3 Inches of Blood. It was inspired by the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, and is also about revenge. The single was released on October 27, 2003 by Megarock Records. "The Sun Rises Over the Fjords" and "Conquerors of the Northern...

    " is a re-recording of a song from the band's debut album. A second song from their debut album, "Ride Darkhorse, Ride
    Ride Darkhorse, Ride
    "Ride Darkhorse, Ride" is the first single by Canadian power metal band 3 Inches of Blood. It was released on May 5, 2003 by Megarock Records. "Onward to Valhalla '03" and "Tonight we Rejoice '03" are re-recordings of songs from the band's debut EP, Sect of the White Worm...

    ", was also re-recorded during these sessions, but has yet to be released.
  • The album's only single, "Deadly Sinners", is featured in the PlayStation 2
    PlayStation 2
    The PlayStation 2 is a sixth-generation video game console manufactured by Sony as part of the PlayStation series. Its development was announced in March 1999 and it was first released on March 4, 2000, in Japan...

     game Tony Hawk's Underground 2
    Tony Hawk's Underground 2
    Tony Hawk's Underground 2, also known as THUG 2, is the sixth installment in Neversoft's Tony Hawk's Series and sequel to Tony Hawk's Underground. Tony Hawk's Underground 2 was released on October 4, 2004 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, PC, and Game Boy Advance platforms...

    , although the version heard on the game is a demo, containing no lead guitar solo and having rougher vocal tracks. The album version can be heard in Saints Row 2
    Saints Row 2
    Saints Row 2 is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 systems. It is the second title in the Saints Row series, after the release of Saints Row in 2006. It is succeeded by Saints Row: The...

    , on the metal radio station. The song is also featured in the PlayStation 3
    PlayStation 3
    The is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles...

    /Xbox 360
    Xbox 360
    The Xbox 360 is the second video game console produced by Microsoft and the successor to the Xbox. The Xbox 360 competes with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles...

     videogame Brütal Legend
    Brütal Legend
    Brütal Legend is an action-adventure/real-time strategy game created by Double Fine Productions and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released during October 2009 in North America and Europe...

    , along with "Destroy the Orcs". The "metalheads" from Brütal Legend also appear to be styled on the army from this album cover.
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