Saturday, May 5, 2012

CD Review: Metal Music On The Rise With Cancer Bats and Horisont

Hardcore metal band Cancer Bats have recently released their fourth album entitled "Dead Set on Living" and are hitting the road hard to promote it. The band keeps the winning formula together with producers Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong and recording at the legendary Vespa Studios. According to vocalist Liam Cormier this album is more "upbeat" compared to 2010's "Bear, Mayors, Scraps & Bones."

Cancer Bats come out swinging with the aggressive "R.A.T.S." It features guest vocals from Rob Urbanati of the band Sacrifice as the vocals and lyrics set the stage for what this album has to offer. The band wanted to bridge the gap between their live shows and their studio albums and I think this one hit the mark. Songs like "Bricks and Mortar" and "Dead Set On Living" are so powerful, you feel like Cancer Bats are right in your face performing. The album's first single "Old Blood" displays the talents of this band at neck breaking speed and energy. DevilDriver's Dex Fafara and An Horse's Kate Cooper guest on the drum-pounding, hard rocking "Bastards!" The album closes with the deep, heavy groove of "New World Alliance" and the band wait until the end to mix tempos.

The new album, "Dead Set on Living" debuted in the Top 50 on the UK album charts when it was released there at the beginning of April. They are currently on tour in Canada, then they will be heading overseas to play a load of shows in Europe. For more on the Cancer Bats, be sure to check out their website (

Swedish metal band Horisont return with their follow-up album entitled “Second Assault.” The album is a throwback to when heavy metal was just starting in Europe with bands like Judas Priest and the Scorpions. They combine the mystical feeling of Black Sabbath with the big guitar sounds of Grand Funk Railroad and Deep Purple.

The new album begins with “Time Warrior,” a great classic metal groove highlighted by Axel’s high-pitched vocals. Horisont pay tribute to Rainbow with their slow, but powerful delivery of “Crusaders of Death” that highlights the guitar attack of Kristofer and Charles. The tempo picks up on “Second Assault” as they lock in to one of the heavier songs on the album. The band mixes in a King Crimson, jazzy-rock approach to “Things I’ve Seen,” before finishing with “Thunderflight” which bookends the album nicely with a great metal groove.

Horisont have a busy summer ahead of them with about a dozen dates scattered throughout Europe. For more information on the band, check out their myspace page (

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