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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

Top Songs by
Billy Talent

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

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