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January 4th, 2010

2010 Album Preview: Cancer Bats – III: Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Cancer Bats
III: Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Hassle Records
Spring 2010

What they’re saying
Speaking to the guys over at Rocksound Magazine, Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier describes how he came up with unusual title for the Canadian’s third studio album:

“I got the album title in a dream probably three or four days while I was listening to Smashing Pumpkins while I was going to sleep. I mean the title has nothing to do with Smashing Pumpkins but it’s sleeping music and in the middle of my dream I woke up and thought of the record title and text it to Mike [Peters, drums].”

That’s all fine and dandy, but what about the music?

“It sounds like if Danzig was to put on a house party and a bunch of drunken dinosaurs dressed up like bikers showed up! I think the record in our opinion sounds like biker metal or driving music so maybe this record is now more if we were driving to the camp with Danzig and Beastie Boys!”

Watch Liam from Cancer Bats scare the shit out of Raz

Thrash Hits verdict
The snippets of new tracks we’ve heard on Cancer Bats’ studio v-blogs on sound like everything we’ve hoped – snarling metal-punk with more teeth than a chainsaw, but still retaining slower, southern-groove riff rides. Whether or not the band’s cover of  the Beastie Boys’ classic ‘Sabotage’ has made the final cut is unknown – the band originally mooted it as a potential b-side, but after witnessing what the song did to Sonisphere 2009, we hope it makes its way onto the ban’ds third studio album as a bonus track at least.

We’ve got high expectations for III: Bears, Mayor, Scraps & Bones. It’s predecessor, 2008’s Hail Destroyer, ranks not just among Thrash Hits’ top albums of 2008, but among some Thrash Hits-staffers favourite records of all-time. Cancer Bats’ near constant touring over the last two years has built up a lot of love for the band across the UK – if the new record lives up to their legacy, it’s gonna send them stratospheric.

The best thing about a new Cancer Bats album though? It means they’ve got to go on tour again. And again. And again. And as anyone who’d seen the Bats knows, Cancer Bats on tour can only be a good thing.


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