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

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