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Cancer Bats

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