After three full length albums many bands lose their bite, the fire and passion that spurred them on a distant memory whilst they meander looking for their new sound. Cancer Bats aren’t one of those bands. On Dead Set on Living, their fourth full-length, the riffs are still present and the swagger still stamped onto every track.
Sure, the formula hasn’t changed much, but that never did AC/DC’s career any harm. Cancer Bats know what their fans expect from them, and they deliver it in spades. The one difference is that Dead Set on Living shifts things down a gear occasionally, but it’s never less than downright heavy. The Void showcases a healthy sludge influence while full of that most important ingredient of metal – meaty riffs!
They quickly follow it up with Old Blood, one of the most full pelt tracks on the album. Vocalist Liam Cormier races the band to the end of the track, the song teetering on the point of imploding at points but remaining a chaotic joy.
Those foolish few who haven’t checked out Cancer Bats yet could do worse than start here. As for those already familiar with the band, well, you’re probably already enjoying this album so you don’t need me to tell you how great it is. Fans of hardcore southern rock n roll with a confident groove, get listening