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

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