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