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Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 8
Production 8
Creativity 5.5
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 76%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 7.61
Lyrics 6.68
Production 6.93
Creativity 6.86
Lasting Value 5.43
Reviewer Tilt 6.57
Average: 68%
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Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Reviewed by: Deborah Remus (04/11/10)
Cancer Bats - Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
Record Label: Distort/Good Fight
Release Date: April 13, 2010

When your last record was a huge success, it’s only natural to go into the studio and want to make your next one better. That’s exactly what Cancer Bats did and unlike some bands, they actually succeeded. The Toronto four piece hit it big in 2008 with their sophomore effort Hail Destroyer and Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones really is the obvious progression.

The album opener “Sleep This Away” is an incredibly strong track and one of the heaviest songs they’ve ever written. The opening riff is so dark and it makes the song stick out much like “Hail Destroyer” did. And the track sounds even better when Liam Cormier’s tortured scream and the hard-hitting drums kick in.

A highlight is certainly the guitar work done by Scott Middleton. Lots of effects abound on this record and shine on songs like “Trust No One” or “Darkness,” which has another excellent opening riff and a rocking guitar solo in the middle. The thrashy punk “Fake Gold” is another example of some of the great shredding you’ll find on Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones. These songs make filler on the record like “We Are The Undead” sound particularly weak.

Cormier’s lyrics are still dark, but there are some more personal, positive messages in these tunes. “Doomed To Fail” seems to be about how you should always try something, even if you think you’ll fail. The second last track “Raised Right” is a slower way to almost end the record and is another example of Cormier’s gruff, but audible voice singing more personal lyrics. It begins with a slow, eerie riff and the song is a reflection on how Cormier’s parents raised him to be the person he is today.

Last but not least is the band’s head banging cover of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. The guys did an amazing job with this cover and it certainly lives up to the original. It probably would have been best to keep “Raised Right” as the album closer and have this as a surprise bonus track though.

If you were hoping Cancer Bats would shock you and completely change their sound, you’ll probably be let down, but if you loved Hail Destroyer and want much of the same, this record won’t disappoint. While there is some filler, some of the best Cancer Bats songs can be found here and that alone makes this worth checking out, even if it isn’t a gigantic departure.

Track Listing01. Sleep This Away
02. Trust No One
03. Dead Wrong
04. Doomed To Fail
05. Black Metal Bicycle
06. We Are The Undead
07. Scared To Death
08. Darkness
09. Snake Mountain
10. Make Amends
11. Fake Gold
12. Drive This Stake
13. Raised Right
14. Sabotage

Recommended If You LikeHail Destroyer, Every Time I Die, Dead and Divine

LinksCheck out Cancer Bats on MySpace.
Preview/Buy the Album at Amazon MP3.
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10:47 PM on 04/11/10
Chris Fallon
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Still haven't gotten around to listening to this, but sounds promising. I liked Hail Destroyer a good deal, so I'm excited to hear what they followed it up with. Great job, Deborah!
01:10 AM on 04/12/10
E. Clectic
Quit these pretentious things.
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Short, simple, and to the point. Nice review.

I don't really care for this band, but I agree with your praise of the Beastie Boys cover.
I never would have guessed I would enjoy it as much as I have.

They really make it their own.
03:55 AM on 04/12/10
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cancer bats never disappoint.. love this.
05:03 AM on 04/12/10
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Did Drew write this review?? Oh, no, but he might as well have.
06:05 AM on 04/12/10
Stay Classy, San Diego
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Love you for the Dead and Divine riyl. Really wish I could see them again.
07:58 AM on 04/12/10
Is This It
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sweet review. awesome band, i love the video for sabotage and am certainly buying this if its like hail destroyer.
07:59 AM on 04/12/10
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I feel this album is a tad longer than it should be. So far I like Hail Destroyer more. There are some pretty good tracks on here though, Trust No One being the highlight for me.
07:59 AM on 04/12/10
I'll buy you a raincoat
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Did Drew write this review?? Oh, no, but he might as well have.

Who are you the new reviewer reviewer? Go blog about it.
09:34 AM on 04/12/10
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Who are you the new reviewer reviewer? Go blog about it.
hahah this made my day
11:47 AM on 04/12/10
Lets get these people moving faster
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I'm not sure what I've been anticipating more, this album or the headlining tour that should be around the corner? Doesn't really make sense though that I'm more likely to see that once I've moved to England from Ontario
06:07 PM on 04/12/10
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It's amazing but I think for many as HD was so epic this may disappoint. But in terms of some of the other shit that's around in music this is not a disappointment. It ROCKS....HARD!
06:23 PM on 04/12/10
Chris Fallon
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Did Drew write this review?? Oh, no, but he might as well have.
Get over yourself, man. Come on already.
10:59 AM on 04/26/10
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This is probably their best album to date. Cancer Bats can ever fuck up.
03:30 PM on 05/23/10
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awesome band, so much punch to their music :D
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