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

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