Cancer Bats: Breaking Point
What happened when a burnt-out Cancer Bats united with mad metal maverick Ross Robinson? Chaos, controversy and the most divisive album of their career.
As rare as it is, some bands have never put a foot wrong. You can look through their career or back catalogue and think to yourself, “I wouldn’t change a thing about this.” Bands like Deftones and Every Time I Die. Bands that consistently deliver quality albums, ripping live shows indoors and at festivals and that are consequently and correctly lauded for it. Cancer Bats are another one of those bands. Since bumrushing the show with the punk ’n’ roll fury of Birthing The Giant, the call to arms of Hail Destroyer and more metallic pastures of most recent outings Bears, Mayors, Scraps And Bones and Dead Set On Living, Cancer Bats have been darlings of both the critics and the rock community at large.
Celebrating a decade of destruction, they’ve slayed the main stage at Download and Reading and Leeds, played six shows in London in one day and achieved all manner of killer landmarks that only a few bands of their ilk achieve.
“We’ve always been the punk band that metalheads like and the heavier band that punk kids like and that’s something to be stoked on,” says Liam Cormier, the Bats perma-PMA frontman who challenges Dave Grohl for the number of people that will rightfully call him one of the nicest guys in rock music. “We’ve got all kinds of reactions from playing people this new record, though. There’s so much different feedback, it’s hard to keep track of.”