Cancer Bats upbeat rockin’ album “Dead Set On Living” reminds me of just good times, drinkin and being with friends. The music reminds me of Black Label Society A LOT; the writing style, techniques and harmonics make this highly noticable. The riffs are catchy and I found my self really getting into the songs and headbanging a lot. Groovin’ along with the tunes as I worked. I really enjoy Liam Cormier’s vocal style, it’s unique…he has this tone that isn’t super low, super high nor is it bad in any way. It’s very fitting with the music and gives the album more of it’s own personality. The sound of the album is good, the rhythmic drumming patterns and bass work make the album sound powerful but without going overboard. It will definitely rock your house at the next party you throw, which I suggest playing this album if you have people over for some beers and good times. This is definitely one of those albums.
Each song is semi similar yet very different from one another. Hard to explain but the album as a whole has this tone about it that flows evenly from start to finish, yet each song is completely different too. Their mix of sludgey tones and alcohol fueled rock n roll with a punk attitude makes this album very fun. It was a treat to hear Dez Fafara (Devildriver) on the track “Bastards”, Liam and Dez sounded pretty damn good going back and forth.
One thing about “Dead Set On Living” though is no matter how many times I listen to it and enjoy it, I forget about it. Nothing sticks with me afterwards and I seem to forget about the music, it’s as if I’m listening to it for the first time every time I press play. This could be good and bad because it’s not memorable. However, it could be good for those that just love to experience music for the first time…over and over. For me, it’s bad. For the life of me, I struggle to want to listen to this album again after a couple of times. It’s nothing bad against the music or even the band….it just doesn’t stick with me.
I do recommend giving Cancer Bats’ “Dead Set On Living” a listen to, at least a couple of times. It’s a good album.
Pros: Fun album to listen to, great crunchy sludge/rock/punk/hardcore music