Cancer Bats
The Spark That Moves


3.5
great

Review

by Simon STAFF
April 21st, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cancer Bats pull out their old deck again.

Like the surprise of this very release, “Gate Keeper” hits you in the face like a sledgehammer, equipped with all the associated stylings of the band: pinched harmonics, bouncing grooves and Liam’s squeezed screams. It's a great way to grease the engines and get things started, and yet, a persistent niggle begins to reveal itself the further you delve into this thing, becoming apparent pretty quickly Cancer Bats have taken a step back, progressively speaking, this time. Searching for Zero was a well-crafted reinvigoration that saw the band separating themselves from a stagnant sound in dire need of some rework; using Ross Robinson’s input to develop a hardcore record with all the characteristics of the band, only this time with a hefty lashing of experimentation and low-fi sounds. Here, it’s reverted back to the same path Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones and Dead Set on Living walked on.

Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t have a hell of a time listening to these songs, on the contrary, I enjoyed this much more than the aforementioned LPs; keeping to the same tight, no BS, runtime of its predecessor and serving up a record designed for its fans. And despite disappointment for the derivative blueprint this time, it’s not a completely reminiscent lean on the past. Liam occasionally mixes up his performances on songs like “Headwound” and “Space and Time” – where he takes on a melodic approach using this ominous, elongating style of singing than his usual raspy scream – which breaks up the record nicely. While little touches in the form of the piano introduction to “Fear Will Kill Us All” carries over a sprinkling of spice from their last effort. I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t smiling from ear to ear hearing the Hail Destroyer styled riffing's of “Rattlesnake”, “Brightest Day” and “Gate Keeper”. It might not be the most wholly original album produced by the band to date, but it captures the essence of the band in a way that’s celebratory. Ultimately, the bottom line being, if you’re a fan it’s hard not to be pleased with The Spark That Moves.

Great.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
EvoHavok
April 21st 2018


7692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice read. I'll have to jam this, a welcome surprise.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man.



I see you found this as enjoyable as me then? Haha

Digging: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

EvoHavok
April 21st 2018


7692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I expected as much. These guys are too fun.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's a fun album for sure. Just a little gutted they didn't run with the stuff that made them sound so fresh on their last album.

Tunaboy45
April 21st 2018


16779 Comments


Haven't listened to these in quite some time

great review as always

pypypymble
April 21st 2018


483 Comments


i thought this album was pretty safe and average for these guys, it's like they're not even trying anymore

pypypymble
April 21st 2018


483 Comments


it's not even catchy enough in most parts

owen
April 21st 2018


5147 Comments


easy on the pinch harmonics...

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

get on it tuna

JoylessBastard
April 22nd 2018


295 Comments


I always keep an eye on this band partially because Liam Cormier seems like an awesome guy.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, he's a super down to earth dude

MarkvandenBerg
April 22nd 2018


131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really enjoyed your review. An easy, concise read. Well done!

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks mate, appreciated

Spec
April 22nd 2018


35718 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is this good guys?

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's cancer bats doing cancer bats spec.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so it's solid af

kris.
April 22nd 2018


15297 Comments


i don't know much about these guys except i saw them live once and bought two lps from them and they were fun as FUCK. never listened to the albs tho so i might check this out.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 23rd 2018


15517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awh, mate, Birthing the Giant and Hail Destroyer are fantastic records.

Pajolero
April 23rd 2018


1082 Comments


Yes! Was just thinking about these guys the other day. Good to know they're still going.

JWT155
April 23rd 2018


14394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea so this rocks.



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