Cancer Bats
Dead Set On Living


3.5
great

Review

by James Grant USER (14 Reviews)
April 17th, 2012 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More of the same...

Canadian hardcore outfit Cancer Bats have caused quite a stir over the past few years. Their debut LP 'Birthing the Giant' was greeted with open arms by the hardcore community for its straight up balls to the wall attitude and style. Although Cancer Bats don't necessarily bring anything 'new' to the hardcore scene, they have always made for an entertaining listen and have quite a decent replay value throughout their catalogue. So, its 2012 and has anything changed? Well, not really, but 'Dead Set On Living' is certainly not a flop by any means.

The opener 'R.A.T.S' gets the album off to a rather brilliant start. The track is a typical Cancer Bats song; the riff driving the song is extremely infectious and Liam's vocals are abrasive as ever. Unusually, however, Liam's vocals do not have a constant abrasive attitude to them. On some tracks like 'Bricks & Mortar', 'Road Sick' and 'Breath Armageddon' Liam seems to favor a more monotone 'talking' style upon his vocals. This is, unfortunately, where 'Dead Set On Living' can become rather trite. These monotone vocals performed by Liam are not terrible by any means, but tracks such as 'Rally the Wicked', 'Bastards' and 'Old Blood' feel so much more fitting when he decides to switch to his abrasive side in comparison to this.

The guitars and drums on this album are not necessarily anything new either. Even though this doesn't create much of a problem throughout the album, it would've been nice to for some variation to be placed within certain tracks. However, the riffs on this LP in places are certainly a highlight. 'Bastards' and 'Rally the Wicked' are the two most notable 'tour-de-force' tracks on the album, with their powerhouse riffs coupled with Liam's harsh vocals, these tracks make for an incredibly enjoyable listen. With regards to how well the album flows, it flows rather well, although, as stated before, there is no real variation throughout the album which makes for no so-called 'break' throughout.

So, does 'Dead Set On Living' break any new boundaries? Well, the answer is no, it doesn't. However, that is not to say that this LP is not a fun ride because, in places, it is hugely enjoyable. Overall, 'Dead Set On Living' features some of Cancer Bats' best work and coupled with the fact that every musician is on the top of their game here; this LP makes for an overall enjoyable listen. It's a definite 2012 party album...that's for sure.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Need to add recommended tracks, not letting me edit for some reason. As usual, criticism is welcome.

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Maniac!
April 17th 2012


26250 Comments


doesn't need recommended tracks

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


I guess, I need to change one section is my review anyway cos I mistaken one of the songs for another. Sputnik isn't letting me, however.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2012


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, despite their claims to the contary, I was pretty sure this would just be more of the same.

Pretty good review

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Thanks, it really is nothing special, just fun.

deathofasalesman
April 17th 2012


5843 Comments


Repeated 'abrasive' a little too much but overall good review.

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Thanks, gonna change that now.

xandermander
April 17th 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The only song I ever enjoyed by this band was "Sorceress," but have a pos for the review and I'll give this a listen at some point today.

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Cheers man, its fun shit, may have to bump it up to a 4, really good shit.

Spec
April 17th 2012


27173 Comments


Abrasive.

And yeah slowly lost interest with each release.

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Never using that word again, give it a listen Spec, far less filler than their past releases imo.

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Still not letting me edit this!

Spec
April 17th 2012


27173 Comments


They've just been toning it down.

Nikkolae
April 17th 2012


4848 Comments


R.A.T.S. alone sounds better than anything from the previos album

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BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Agreed, best thing they've released.

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Agreed, best thing they've released.

Spec
April 17th 2012


27173 Comments


naw

BigPleb
April 17th 2012


36705 Comments


Have you listened to it yet Spec?

Hep Kat
April 17th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i didn't like their last album, and that's all i've really heard from them. would i like this?

Spec
April 17th 2012


27173 Comments


A few songs. They were boring.



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