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