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Cancer Bats

Proving that loud, gritty, and ranting punk rock is still alive and thrashing in Canada, Toronto's Cancer Bats were founded in the spring of 2004 by singer Liam Cormier and guitarist Scott Middleton. Cormier and Middleton had worked together before in a metal band called At the Mercy of Inspiration, and were looking to launch a new project that would take their music in a harder but more elemental direction. Teaming with bassist Andrew McCracken and drummer Joel Bath, they formed Cancer Bats and recorded a four-song demo that they sold at shows in early 2005; the disc soon sold out two pressings and was later reissued as a 7" vinyl EP by Tragic Comedy Records. After a few months, the group became disenchanted with drummer Bath, and Mike Peters shortly took over as the group's beat-keeper. Cancer Bats hit the road with a vengeance, playing all over Canada and making occasional jaunts into the United States while sharing stages with most of the Great White North's best punk outfits. The hard-partying band released its first full-length album, Birthing the Giant, in the fall of 2006. It was released in Canada by Distort Entertainment, in the United States by Abacus Records, and in the U.K. by Hassle Records; each release featured the same songs, though the sequence was changed for the American release of the disc. The band kept up its relentless touring pace after the album hit stores, and played a major American tour opening for Billy Talent. In 2007, McCracken amicably parted ways with Cancer Bats to devote more time to his design business, and Jason Bailey, a veteran of the bands Shattered Realm and Figure Four, signed on as their new bass player. In 2008 the band released its second album, Hail Destroyer. After spending a couple of years touring the metal festival circuit, Cancer Bats released Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones in 2010. Amid plenty of work and development for their own compositions, the band explored a collective love of metal gods Black Sabbath with the low-key inception of Bat Sabbath, an alter ego band whose sole purpose was to dutifully cover Sabbath songs. This classic metal influence was heavy on their 2012 album Dead Set on Living, particularly in Cormier's increasingly improving vocals. Fifth album Searching for Zero was made during a time of great turmoil for the band, with exhausting amounts of touring and multiple deaths of people close to the band. This agonizing time was reflected in the dark and unrelenting tone of the album. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Sabotage
  3.   Children Of The Grave
  4.   Hail Destroyer
  5.   True Zero
  6.   Black Metal Bicycle
  7.   Nib
  8.   Snake Mountain
  9.   Golden Tanks
  10.   Beelzebub
  11.   War Pigs
  12.   Iron Man
  13.   Bricks & Mortar
  14.   100 Grand Canyon
  15.   Shillelagh
  16.   I Want a Lot Now (So Come On)
  17.   Grenades
  18.   Into The Void
  19.   Pray For Darkness
  20.   Death Bros
  21.   Kill Me Please...
  22.   No More Bullshit
  23.   All Hail
  24.   Cursed with a Conscience
  25.   Devil's Blood
  26.   Technolokron
  27.   Ragin' Hard
  28.   Bloodpact
  29.   Rally The Wicked
  30.   Trust No One
  31.   Sleep This Away
  32.   Scared To Death
  33.   Raised Right
  34.   Doomed To Fail
  35.   Darkness Lives
  36.   PMA 'Til I'm DOA
  37.   Smiling Politely
  38.   Lucifer's Rocking Chair
  39.   Deathsmarch
  40.   Harem of Scorpions
  41.   Buds
  42.   Rust and Bone
  43.   Zed's Dead, Baby
  44.   Arsenic in the Year of the Snake
  45.   Dead Set on Living
  46.   So Jealous
  47.   Science is the Answer
  48.   The Void
  49.   We Are the Undead
  50.   Ghost Bust That
  51.   Old Blood
  52.   Drive This Stake
  53.   Breathe Armageddon
  54.   Fake Gold
  55.   Satellites
  56.   Road Sick
  57.   Drunken Physics
  58.   Let It Pour
  59.   Butterscotch
  60.   Dead Wrong
  61.   Dusted
  62.   Make Amends
  63.   Rats
  64.   Sorceress
  65.   This Town
  66.   Engine Skull
  67.   Pneumonia Hawk
  68.   R.A.T.S by Rob Urbinati
  69.   New World Alliance
  70.   Bastards
  71.   Regret
  72.   Bastard's Waltz
  73.   French Immersion
  74.   Firecrack This
  75.   Agenda Suicide
  76.   Diamond Mine
  77.   Pnuemonia Hawk
  78.   Bonus Material
  79.   D.S.O.L
  80.   In The Studio
  81.   Wolf Clan
  82.   The Great Divide
  83.   Sonic Mind Assult
  84.   Over It
  85.   Darkness

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