Album: Searching For Zero
Release Date: 9/3/15
Label: BMG Rights Management
Canadian hardcore punk band Cancer Bats have been synonymous with touring ever since their first record came out. Tour after tour after tour came and went and in their ‘down’ time would write and record a new batch of songs that would let them yes you’ve guessed it, tour. However around the time of writing their last album, Dead Set On Living the guys sat back and wrote songs more personal to them. A lot of negative experiences happening around the four piece in their lives. They’ve once again took stock of life and what has happened to them and channelled it into this new album, Searching For Zero. So what result has this yielded? A more serious affair? Harder hitting songs in more ways than one? This has been the longest gap between records for Cancer Bats and have been quoted to say that the writing process of this album has been longer than all the writing sessions of their previous four albums combined.
Here’s our 3 standout tracks from the record.
This opens up ‘Searching For Zero’ with rumbling drums and gang chants aplenty before exploding into the Bats’ fierce attack. A first taste of a chorus from a band who usually steer clear of them.
2. Arsenic in the Year of the Snake
Right off the bat this song rages and doesn’t let up until it’s over. One of the most memorable moments from the album appears in this song, the pit chant of “too many friends died this year” will cause your body to be covered in goosebumps. Chilling stuff.
3. True Zero
Another cut of pure menacing hardcore punk from the Canadians that is tighter and more expansive than anything they’ve ever done. Plus the video for the single is trippy as balls.
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The guys hit the UK this week along with While She Sleeps, Hundredth and Oathbreaker for 6 shows!
April 22nd – Birmingham – The Institute
April 23rd – Manchester – The Ritz
April 24th – Norwich – The Nick Rayns LCR UEA
April 28th – Newcastle – University
April 29th – Glasgow – O2 ABC
April 30th – London – Forum