Cancer Bats with support from Bleed from Within & Underside
With 13 years under their belt including 5 acclaimed studio albums, three Juno Award nominations and countless tours around the globe, Canadian hardcore metal punks, Cancer Bats have become a well-known force within the world of heavy music.
2018 saw the band embarking on the newest chapter of their career, releasing their 6th studio album “The Spark That Moves” on their own label Bat Skull Records. The excitement and raw energy coursing through the sonic arsenal that is “The Spark That Moves” is exceptional. The album was recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the dead of winter, under the watchful eyes and ears of JP Peters (Propagandhi) at his studio Private Ear, and was mixed by long-time collaborator and award-winning producer Eric Ratz, (producer of “Hail Destroyer”, “Bears Mayors Scraps & Bones” and “Dead Set On Living”). This combination of talent that is JP Peters channeling the explosive dynamics of the band and Eric Ratz pushing all levels of performance to their sheer limit, results in an absolutely crushing display of power.
“The Spark That Moves” is Cancer Bats at its finest. Combining all of the elements from their last 5 releases, the 11 tracks that make up the album blend together the bands most melodic moments with their most aggressive, becoming a savage sprint of hardcore, punk, sludge, and metal that leaves the listener craving more. Drummer Mike Peters and lead bass player Jaye Schwarzer seamlessly collide together like two wild beasts, while guitarist Scott Middleton blasts his signature layers of squeals and destruction over top. All of this thunderously led by singer Liam Cormier’s now fully formed melodic growl as he fires both positive, inspiring lyrics and scorching damnation as displayed on album opener “Gate Keeper”. Without skipping a beat, they fire on track 2, “Brightest Days”, shifting back to a classic Bats positive party anthem. The record seamlessly keeps this pace of raw, catchy, anthemic, metal and punk. Halfway through it breathes with the melodic standout “Bed Of Nails”, a touch of desert rock they add into the mix before diving back into the chaos that is “Head Wound”. This pace continues right until the crushing album closer “Winterpeg”, an ode to the very city they recorded in, featuring guest vocals from Chris Hannah of the legendary Winnipeg punk band, Propagandhi.