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Billy Talent

Canadian punk revival quartet Billy Talent formed in 1999 while the members of the Streetsville, Ontario band were still in high school. Originally known as Pezz, the quartet -- vocalist Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk -- had adopted a new moniker and were making their way in Toronto with the self-released Watoosh! LP under their belt. The Try Honesty EP followed in 2001; it led to strong local buzz, exposure supporting larger touring acts, and an eventual demo deal with EMI. The band entered the studio in early 2003 with producer Gavin Brown and emerged with its eponymous debut in July, which was slated for a September release on Atlantic. The group got the word out during that summer with a slot on Lollapalooza and a series of dates with the Buzzcocks. Before they knew it, Billy Talent had not only garnered an impressive following, but also a slew of Juno (Best New Group, Group of the Year, and Album of the Year) and MuchMusic (Best Video, Best Rock Video) awards to their name. The band hit the studio in February 2005 to begin work on its sophomore offering. Submitting to fan requests, the group re-released Pezz's Watoosh! that September before the highly anticipated and explosive II appeared in June 2006. A handful of festivals and U.K. dates were played prior to spending the rest of the summer on the Warped Tour, and in 2007, they preserved a live performance in Düsseldorf, Germany on CD and DVD with 666 Live. Two years later, the band released its third studio album, the aptly titled Billy III. The album found the quartet incorporating some classic hard rock sounds into its punk approach. In 2012, they released the album Dead Silence. Although it still retained the band's punk urgency, Billy Talent hailed the recording as a kind of conceptual break from their previous trilogy of albums, and several of its singles -- like "Viking Death March" -- were rewarded with Juno nominations. Following the release of the 2014 Hits anthology -- which featured a pair of new songs -- the band regrouped and began to prepare material for its fifth studio album. Just prior to entering the studio, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk made the difficult decision to sit out the recording sessions while he continued his longstanding battle with multiple sclerosis. Fellow Canadian Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire) was quickly recruited to play as Solowoniuk's studio stand-in, and in early 2016 the group completed work on Afraid of Heights, which was released that July. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Billy Talent

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Billy Talent

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Billy Talent

  1.   Song
  2.   Try Honesty
  3.   Diamond on a Landmine
  4.   Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
  5.   River Below
  6.   Afraid of Heights
  7.   Viking Death March
  8.   The Ex
  9.   Rabbit Down the Hole
  10.   Time-Bomb Ticking Away
  11.   Louder Than the DJ
  12.   Surprise Surprise
  13.   Red Flag
  14.   Fallen Leaves
  15.   Devil on My Shoulder
  16.   February Winds
  17.   Rusted from the Rain
  18.   The Navy Song
  19.   Cure for the Enemy
  20.   Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
  21.   Nothing to Lose
  22.   Crooked Minds
  23.   Turn Your Back w/ Anti-Flag
  24.   Burn the Evidence
  25.   Covered in Cowardice
  26.   This Suffering
  27.   Devil in a Midnight Mass
  28.   This Is How It Goes
  29.   Kingdom of Zod
  30.   Swallowed Up by the Ocean
  31.   Man Alive!
  32.   Devil On the Shoulder
  33.   Tears into Wine
  34.   Saint Veronika
  35.   Surrender
  36.   Pins and Needles
  37.   Worker Bees
  38.   Prisoners of Today
  39.   Line & Sinker
  40.   Standing in the Rain
  41.   The Crutch
  42.   Big Red Gun
  43.   Dead Silence
  44.   Stand Up and Run
  45.   Lonely Road to Absolution
  46.   Definition of Destiny
  47.   Sudden Movements
  48.   Turn Your Back
  49.   The Dead Can't Testify
  50.   Perfect World
  51.   Lies
  52.   A Passage to Bangkok
  53.   Leave Them All Behind
  54.   Chasing the Sun
  55.   Show Me the Way
  56.   Don't Count on the Wicked
  57.   Hanging by a Thread
  58.   Love Was Still Around
  59.   Cold Turkey
  60.   Sympathy
  61.   Where Is the Line?
  62.   Voices of Violence
  63.   Cut the Curtains
  64.   Living in the Shadows
  65.   Horses & Chariots
  66.   White Sparrows
  67.   This Is Our War
  68.   Pocketful of Dreams

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