Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living
Reviewed by Hannah Sebestjanowicz
Those Mo’ fucking Cancer Bats are back and the crazy Canadians sure have pulled out all the stops with their latest release Dead Set On Living. Its album number four and 11 tracks of pure unadulterated riffage that grabs your attention from the beginning – leaving your ears well and truly pummelled in a sickening satisfying way. This is still very much the well-loved Cancer Bats but they’ve definitely upped their game with this release channelling punk, hardcore and metal very reminiscent of those kings of dirty rock and roll ETID that is by no means a bad thing.
DSOL opens with the killer ‘R.A.T.S.’ with its massive guitars and riffs that will have even the most sceptical metal-head finding it very difficult to refrain from partaking in a bit of head banging! There’s not a bad track on the album even the slightly more chilled out ‘Road Sick’ still packs a punch and the groove heavy ‘Breathe Armageddon’ with its dark lyrics is definitely one the album highlights.
DSOL may have a dark edge to it but its message over all is a positive one. We may get shit thrown at us in life, but its being able to overcome that which this record is all about – and Liam certainly succeeds in getting across to the listener.
Where this album succeeds, is that you know from the first listen that this record was made to be played live. And with the band playing their Pentagram shows in London soon – fans are in for a right treat.
And, while it’s only April, I can safely say that this record is one of the best that’s been released so far this year – and is bound to make plenty of ‘Best of 2012’ lists at the end of the year.