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

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