Cancer Bats

Album Review: Cancer Bats – Dead Set on Living

“There’s a special place in hell for motherfuckers like you.”

Four albums into their career, Cancer Bats aren’t about to start pulling punches. Their punk attitude mixed with trademark metal riffage is in full swing throughout ‘Dead Set on Living.’ Lead singer Liam Cormier has stated his intention to create a more upbeat record than ‘Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones’ and for forty minutes, the band’s latest release is a high-octane barrage with a plethora of influences that sets them apart from the hardcore punk scene.

While opener ‘R.A.T.S.’ is a stormingly typical headbanger that hits the spot, it’s a track like ‘Breathe Armageddon’ that stands out due to its sinister guitarwork and apoCancer Bats Dead Set On Livingcalyptic lyrics. ‘D.S.O.L.’ has Liam sounding like a revitalised Tom Araya, screaming the title track’s name over dissonant chords.

Longest track ‘The Void’ is a slow-burner, bringing the band’s occasional sludge influences right to the front, giving the band a swagger not unsimilar to Every Time I Die. ‘Drunken Physics’ continues this southern-sounding set of songs, but the compact ‘Old Blood’ hits you across the face repeatedly with its old school drumming and frantic pace in the meantime.

Cancer Bats adopt a “stick with what works” mentality. While ‘Dead Set on Living’ is more upbeat than its predecessor, it’s also unlikely to convert any haters. The thing is, Cancer Bats don’t have many haters. It’s a release that will undoubtedly please their loyal fanbase, and hopefully see their ascension to the big league come ever closer.

Rating – 8


About Scott Wilson

Having spent the last twenty years of his life telling his friends his opinion of the latest release by every band he has ever heard of, Scott is an enthusiastic journalist and keen writer. A fan of every genre of music, though his heart firmly belongs to rock, he has been spending far too much money on gigs and not enough on digs. Reachable by either email or Twitter where copious amounts of commentating and general excitement can also be found.


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