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