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

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