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Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones

May 3, 2010 by  

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Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones

NAME: Cancer Bats
ALBUM: Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones
YEAR: 2010
LABEL: Distort Entertainment

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Awesome well delivered hardcore punk


LINE UP: Liam Cormier, Scott Middleton, Mike Peters, Jaye R. Schwarzer

WHAT’S THE STORY?: This being the third album from the Canadian hardcore outfit – the title coming from a combination of each members nickname. Opening track ‘Sleep This Away’ is a great introduction of what we can expect from the rest of the album. ‘Trust Noone’ has something of an urgency to it and the lyrics. “I’m not as negative as all this sounds; I just feel that humanity has let me down” suggest a theme which continues throughout most of the tracks. ‘Dead wrong’, which will be the first single is one of the catchier numbers – the adventurous riffs create an excellent bed for Liam Cormier’s raw vocals.
Continuing the same format ‘Doomed to Fail’ is layered up with unusual riffs and the solid bassline, matched only by a concrete drumbeat and provides the perfect instrumental to be fused with the coarseness of the vocals. ’Scared to death’ jumps right into a rapid rush of riffs and vocals – which again appear to be quite negative – however the optimistic backdrop of hardcore apparatus makes it a memorable track. Their cover of ‘Sabotage’ which also features on the album, makes for an interesting listen as it successfully manages to maintain the same kind of ‘cheek’ that the Beastie Boys captured in the original, whilst sounding very different.

SOUNDS LIKE: Screamo, hardcore, punk


LINKS: MySpace

– Rebecca Clark



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