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

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