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

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