Listen: Cancer Bats - True Zero
Canada punks Cancer Bats channel Sabbath on new record Searching For Zero.
Toronto-based hardcore punks Cancer Bats are a band that have trodden the line between hardcore and metal so meticulously over their 11 year existence that it's hard to really pigeonhole them into either. Metallic hardcore-punk with a southern twist would probably best describe what they do, and do very well.
They've just released their fifth studio album in Searching For Zero and after listening through a couple of times, it's safe to say that it’s their most dynamic and hard-hitting work to date. Producer Ross Robinson of Slipknot and At The Drive-In production fame does a faultless job of bringing out a dense, dark and sludgy vibe across the 11 tracks, and in doing so has created something that is much more than just another hardcore record.
With Searching For Zero, Cancer Bats have made it no secret that they froth Black Sabbath pretty hard. First single True Zero offers up a perfectly executed old-school metal feel, punctuated with wailing guitar riffs and high-gain chug. The film clip for True Zero even has a 70s psych-rock vibe to it, more suited to a Tame Impala track than that of a metallic-hardcore band, but it ties in perfectly with the Sabbath-esque riffing.
‘Searching For Zero’ is available on iTunes now. Watch the vid for True Zero below!
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