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