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