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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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Albums by
Billy Talent

Top Songs by
Billy Talent

  1.   Song
  2.   Try Honesty
  3.   Diamond on a Landmine
  4.   A Passage to Bangkok
  5.   Red Flag
  6.   Viking Death March
  7.   Afraid of Heights
  8.   River Below
  9.   Louder Than the DJ
  10.   Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats
  11.   Rabbit Down the Hole
  12.   Surprise Surprise
  13.   Rusted from the Rain
  14.   Saint Veronika
  15.   Fallen Leaves
  16.   Stand Up and Run
  17.   Devil on My Shoulder
  18.   Kingdom of Zod
  19.   Surrender
  20.   This Suffering
  21.   Man Alive!
  22.   Definition of Destiny
  23.   This Is How It Goes
  24.   Pins and Needles
  25.   Standing in the Rain
  26.   The Ex
  27.   Chasing the Sun
  28.   Dead Silence
  29.   Nothing to Lose
  30.   Prisoners of Today
  31.   Line & Sinker
  32.   The Dead Can't Testify
  33.   Sympathy
  34.   Voices of Violence
  35.   Living in the Shadows
  36.   This Is Our War
  37.   Horses & Chariots
  38.   Leave Them All Behind
  39.   Time-Bomb Ticking Away
  40.   Swallowed Up by the Ocean
  41.   Show Me the Way
  42.   Cure for the Enemy
  43.   Hanging by a Thread
  44.   Crooked Minds
  45.   Love Was Still Around
  46.   Runnin' Across the Tracks
  47.   Lonely Road to Absolution
  48.   Devil On the Shoulder
  49.   Turn Your Back
  50.   Pocketful of Dreams
  51.   White Sparrows
  52.   Tears into Wine
  53.   Perfect World
  54.   Covered in Cowardice
  55.   Where Is the Line?
  56.   Worker Bees
  57.   Devil in a Midnight Mass
  58.   Lies
  59.   The Navy Song
  60.   February Winds
  61.   The Crutch
  62.   Big Red Gun
  63.   Don't Count on the Wicked
  64.   Cold Turkey
  65.   Sudden Movements
  66.   Turn Your Back w/ Anti-Flag
  67.   Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
  68.   Burn the Evidence
  69.   Cut the Curtains
  70.   Scandalous Travelers
  71.   Behind the Scenes Stills Galleries
  72.   Band Bios
  73.   Live Concert Footage: This Is How It Goes/Cut the Curtains/Line & ...
  74.   Live Acoustic Sets: Standing in the Rain/Lies/Try Honesty
  75.   Actual Crowd Surfing
  76.   Try Honest
  77.   Try Honestly
  78.   666
  79.   Beach Balls
  80.   In the Fall
  81.   Living the Shadows
  82.   When I Was a Little Girl
  83.   Guitar Villain
  84.   Perefect World
  85.   Bloody Nails + Broken Hearts
  86.   Don't Need To Pretend

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