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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

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

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