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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.   Smiling Politely
  6.   French Immersion
  7.   Rust and Bone
  8.   Bloodpact
  9.   Nib
  10.   New World Alliance
  11.   Bastards
  12.   Breathe Armageddon
  13.   Bricks & Mortar
  14.   This Town
  15.   Snake Mountain
  16.   Darkness Lives
  17.   So Jealous
  18.   Agenda Suicide
  19.   Lucifer's Rocking Chair
  20.   Shillelagh
  21.   Satellites
  22.   Death Bros
  23.   Raised Right
  24.   Doomed To Fail
  25.   Scared To Death
  26.   No More Bullshit
  27.   Firecrack This
  28.   Beelzebub
  29.   Technolokron
  30.   War Pigs
  31.   Iron Man
  32.   Drunken Physics
  33.   The Void
  34.   Trust No One
  35.   Sleep This Away
  36.   Make Amends
  37.   Drive This Stake
  38.   Dead Wrong
  39.   Engine Skull
  40.   Pray For Darkness
  41.   Regret
  42.   Deathsmarch
  43.   Harem of Scorpions
  44.   Golden Tanks
  45.   Let It Pour
  46.   Fake Gold
  47.   100 Grand Canyon
  48.   Rats
  49.   Pneumonia Hawk
  50.   Bastard's Waltz
  51.   Ghost Bust That
  52.   Old Blood
  53.   Road Sick
  54.   Ragin' Hard
  55.   Diamond Mine
  56.   Butterscotch
  57.   We Are the Undead
  58.   Dusted
  59.   Grenades
  60.   Cursed with a Conscience
  61.   Sorceress
  62.   Into The Void
  63.   True Zero
  64.   Black Metal Bicycle
  65.   I Want a Lot Now (So Come On)
  66.   PMA 'Til I'm DOA
  67.   Buds
  68.   Zed's Dead, Baby
  69.   Arsenic in the Year of the Snake
  70.   Rally The Wicked
  71.   Science is the Answer
  72.   Dead Set on Living
  73.   All Hail
  74.   R.A.T.S by Rob Urbinati
  75.   Devil's Blood
  76.   Kill Me Please...

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