Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

by Cancer Bats
     
 

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Toronto-based punk-metal band Cancer Bats' third album on as many labels retains all the aggression and rage of its two predecessors. Their sludgy sound is hard to characterize -- it's not as raucous and raw as punk, but it lacks the sometimes inhuman precision of death metal or thrash. The vocals are a harsh scream, occasionally supported by clean counterpoints, but

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Toronto-based punk-metal band Cancer Bats' third album on as many labels retains all the aggression and rage of its two predecessors. Their sludgy sound is hard to characterize -- it's not as raucous and raw as punk, but it lacks the sometimes inhuman precision of death metal or thrash. The vocals are a harsh scream, occasionally supported by clean counterpoints, but "harmony" is a concept with which Cancer Bats are apparently unfamiliar. They're also not big on showy displays of technical virtuosity; these songs are built from riffs guaranteed to get crowds riled and shouting along, but the guitar solos are short and to the point, as they were with bands like the MC5 or the New York Dolls. They throw in a few variations on their basic formula without ever becoming progressive or "experimental"; the sidewinding riff of "Snake Mountain" and the slow-burning stoner rock of "Raised Right" are clearly the product of one band with one vision. If the album has a flaw, it's the excessive length -- 14 tracks in 45 minutes should have been shaved down to ten in 30. But overall, this is a solid effort from a band with a lot to offer fans of aggressive rock who aren't too worried about categories.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Good Fight Music
UPC:
0856449002002
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
225611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cancer Bats   Primary Artist
Liam Cormier   Vocals,Group Member
Scott Middleton   Guitar,Group Member
Jaye Schwarzer   Bass,Group Member
Michael Peters   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Mike D   Composer
Eric Ratz   Producer,Engineer
Adam Yauch   Composer
Kenny Luong   Producer,Engineer
Alan Riches   Guitar Techician
Cancer Bats   Composer,Producer
Craig Pattison   Guitar Techician
Andrew McCracken   Art Direction
Alexandra Snelgrove   Illustrations
Jeff Zurba   Drum Technician

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