Vocalist Liam Cormier of Canadian metallers CANCER BATS recently answered 13 questions for the “Scary Terry’s Saturday Nightmare” show on the Rock 94.7 radio station in Wausau, Wisconsin. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.
CANCER BATS‘ fourth full-length album, “Dead Set On Living”, was released in the U.S. on April 24 via Metal Blade Records. Once again utilizing the legendary Vespa Studios and producers Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong, the CD brings yet another dimension to the BATS‘ menacing style of thrash-tinged hardcore rock. Tracks like “R.A.T.S.” (featuring guest vocals from Rob Urbinati of SACRIFICE) and “The Void” are laced with the gritty, sludgy groove that first emerged on cuts from 2008’s “Hail Destroyer”, while the blistering first single “Old Blood” roars with the riot-inducing speed and aggression so familiar to the band’s fans. The blazing “Bastards!” also features vocal boosts from DEVILDRIVER‘s Dez Fafara and AN HORSE‘s Kate Cooper.
Thematically, the album offers a strong focus on the bilateral relationship of dark and light, destruction and construction, life and death. The title track, for example, refers to a close friend of the band who ended up in the hospital in serious condition; only to have the experience cement his will to survive. “Road Sick”, as the title may imply, finds Cormier struggling with the hardships that come with a career spent on the road.
Still, whereas 2010’s “Bears, Mayors, Scraps Bones” had a much darker tinge, “Dead Set On Living” strikes a tighter balance between the opposing forces and brings listeners closer to the light at the end of the tunnel by encouraging them to push through peril. “We all reach these dark places where we feel angry or alone,” said the singer, “but that gives us a reason to pick ourselves up and strive to make something better.”
Since first turning heads with 2006’s “Birthing The Giant”, CANCER BATS, made up of Liam Cormier (vocals), Scott Middleton (guitar), Mike Peters (drums) and Jaye Schwarzer (bass), is one of the hardest-working bands in the music industry. The band spent close to 300 days away from home in 2011, and will likely come close to that in 2012.