So it’s about us, it’s an ode to us, but is it FOR us? Short answer: kinda.

3 Inches Of Blood have just premiered their video for “Metal Woman” on, and I must say — I’m kind of charmed! Women in various stages of dress appear in the gritty black-and-white video, and the camera focuses on them as much as the band. The lyrics are as reverent as they are respectful, the tune is fun and playful (though at times, clearly ripped off of Judas Priest’s “The Sentinel”) — I’ve got no complaints here. “Metal Woman” is a great introduction to 3 Inches Of Blood’s latest album, Long Live Heavy Metal. Granted, the video is male-gazey as fuck, and Loudwire’s introduction of the video does us absolutely no favors (sorry, Mr. Hartmann, we do not ALL “desire that hot, tattooed girl clad in black” nor is that the universal experience of all metalheads), but nevertheless, “Metal Woman” is easy to enjoy.

Along with Municipal Waste and sludge metallers Black Tusk, 3 Inches of Blood will embark on a brief US tour starting in June, then head up north to their native Canada as headliners. Dates are as follows:

With Municipal Waste and Black Tusk:
6/15/2012 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
6/16/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/21/2012 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/22/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screaming Willy’s
6/23/2012 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
6/24/2012 – Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
6/25/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/26/2012 – New York City, NY @ Santo’s Party House

Canada Tour Dates:
6/30/2012 – Moncton, NB @ Manahattan
7/01/2012 – Halifax, NS @ Michael’s Bar
7/02/2012 – Fredericton, NB @ Nicky Zee’s
7/04/2012 – Montreal, QC @ Underworld
7/05/2012 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
7/06/2012 – St. Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
7/07/2012 – London, ON @ Call The Office
7/10/2012 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
7/12/2012 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
7/13/2012 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway