Formation and Initial Years
Former members of Toronto based band At the Mercy of Inspiration, musicians Liam Cormier and Scott Middleton were looking for a venture that would focus on more rigid yet rudimentary versions of the genre. In 2004 the two ultimately collaborated to form Cancer Bats, solidifying the lineup with drummer Joel Bath and bassist Andrew McCracken. Without wasting any time, the troupe began recording songs for a demo to be released in 2005. A few months later Mike Peters replaced the former bassist Joel and the band embarked on an extensive Southern Ontario tour with fellow bands and musicians. Before the band released any of its major works, it appeared in short interviews and presented a CD release show on radio.
Birthing the Giant
The ensemble soon released its debut album “Birthing the Giant” in 2006 together in Canada, USA and UK. In Canada it was released under the Distort Entertainment label while in the UK it was released by Hassle Records. In the US, the collection was released by Abacus Records after some changes were made to the song sequence. As part of its promotional campaign, the four-piece hosted the show “All Things Rock” on MTV Canada and played one of its videos after the show ended. Following the release bassist Andrew McCracken left and the band brought in Jason Bailey, who was to depart a year later and was finally replaced by Jaye R. Schwarzer. Nevertheless, the trope continued its worldwide trek and also opened for Billy Talent at an important American tour.
On 22nd April 2008, the band released its sophomore album “Hail Destroyer” at the Mod Club, Toronto. The album was commercially a success and was well-received amongst critics and rock metal fans. The album had songs by vocalists Billy Talent, Wade MacNeil and Tim Mcllrath and acted as a confidence booster for the newly formed four-year old band. The release prompted the band to participate in a number of road shows during 2007 and 2008 along with its international tours of North America and parts of Europe. The quartet was to receive further acclaim after the Kerrang Magazine gave the album and its headlining tour a 5K review, the best rating. The band was later nominated at the Kerrang! Awards for “Album of the Year” in 2008.
Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Named after each of the quartet’s moniker, “Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones” was released in April 2010 by Vespa Studios. The album was marked by pruned rhythms, a chiseled instrumental tone and intense vocals that distinguished it from the band’s previous works. With singles like “Dead Wrong” and “Scared to Death”, the album is considered the band’s finest vocal feats. During the same year the troupe also had a stint with a Black Sabbath-devoted metal band under the mark “Bat Sabbath” in Canada.
Dead Set on Living
In 2012, the band found its inclination towards rock music, drifting slightly from its strict version of the metal genre. The ensemble released its fourth album “Dead Set on Living” on the 16th of April 2012 under Distort Entertainment. With songs like “Old Blood” and “Road Sick”, Cancer Bats took its fans by surprise. The album was the band’s first ever venture into fusing music and personal emotions. The lead single tells the tale of a close friend on the deathbed and is struggling to live. The track “Road Sick” features musicians who spend their lives touring on the roads. The album is primarily focused on bilateral ties between the positive and the negative and was well received by the audience.
Cancer Bats concert
The twice Juno Award nominated, Cancer Bats is heading to America again for a rocking concert with its brand new album “Searching for Zero”. The album was released in March 2015 and has been impressing fans ever since. Don’t forget to get your Cancer Bats tickets because they might sell out soon.