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

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