Posted in , Tagged , , , , , ,. The final track of the album is a blistering rendition of the Beastie Boy s Sabotage. Persevere and it reveals itself as a selection of dark, enjoyably violent treats. However, both of their early albums, Birthing the Giant and Hail Destroyer, were met with high praise from fans and critics, with the latter being nominated for Album of the Year at the 2008 Kerrang awards. I mean, 100 Grand Canyon anyone? They instantly became my new favourite band.
Favourite track: Harem of Scorpions. Every song is a gem in its own right with fan favourites being the devastating Sorceress and the fast-paced Pray For Darkness, both absolutely slay live and nothing compares to the poison Cormier spits during the former. Both of which are still some of my favourite covers to date. The two wanted to form a project that combined their favorite parts of bands like Refused, Black Flag, Led Zeppelin and Down, among others. I absolutely adore how this track begins, from the vocals to the groovy riff. Each track also has a unique music video to accompany the album which makes this record an audio and visual treat for all music fans.
With less thrash and more fuzz Cancer Bats have taken a small, but interesting turn as they push the grime and intensity of their sound with solid new tones never before heard from the quartet. The gang vocals give it a cool hardcore feel and the energy is infectious. I think the feel of this song harks back to their early days, with a little more balls. Produced by award winning Canadian producer Gavin Brown the album featured bold, infectious riffage that peaked the interest of audiences and press across the globe. The 14 track ensemble of whisky soaked riffs, focused aggression, and well placed hooks is the bands biggest and boldest work to date.
Considering the sonic disparity among those four artists, this was no easy feat. They guys recently recorded a brand new album entitled Bears, Mayors, Scrapes and Bones. With critical acclaim resonating from all sides of the planet, the year following the debut release saw the Cancer Bats fly to the top of the Hardcore Punk scene. They crossover many styles and audiences, having oodles of appeal in different scenes. Favourite track: Bed Of Nails.
Description The band originated in May 2004 with singer Liam Cormier and guitarist Scott Middleton, former member of Toronto metal band At Mercy Of Inspiration. Favourite track: Scared To Death. The Canadian group have returned to their old roots and kicked all doubt out the window. The line-up was rounded out with the addition of Andrew McCracken on bass and Mike Peters on drums. At their live shows they make everyone feel like one big family and that sticks with fans forever. New World Alliance or R. Favourite track: Old Blood, because once again Middleton becomes extremely close to stealing the show with his riffing.
The raucous energy in the recordings are reflected in their live shows which results in utter chaos. Their sludgy sound is hard to characterize -- it's not as raucous and raw as punk, but it lacks the sometimes inhuman precision of death metal or thrash. And what gigs they are! From the opening riff of Gatekeeper, you are hooked. I think this is three minutes of perfection. To celebrate the band making a triumphant return I have compiled a retrospective on their back catalogue and included my thoughts and favourite tracks of each album. So much happens in this song yet it sounds a tad more reserved than shoutier efforts.
While the Sabotage video is guaranteed to act as an open invitation to many a new fan across the globe it is the Cancer Bats trademark hybrid sound of punk infused stoner metal that will hook them in for life. I think one reason for this, and this is only my personal opinion, is that the band sound a bit detached from their fanbase on this record. Spouting the grooviest hardcore punk of this century, the band have been shouting and raging for over a decade now. . The way it all tumbles out from the get-go instantly captures your attention.
I always thought this album was more doom metal than hardcore and the old school mix effect made it hard for me to digest. . . . . .