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CANCER BATS Canada might not be famous for cranking out the heaviest of bands, but Cancer Bats are giving good reason to make an argument all on their own. Although the band has resonated strongly among metalheads, they remain adamant about their admiration for the hardcore punk sound. Releasing their fourth studio effort, Dead Set On Living, propelled strongly by the punishing single “Old Blood”, the band, much like the previously featured bands here, take the high road in making aggressive music. Drawing a lot of inspiration for the new record from music that actually would not be considered heavy, the ability to steer listeners into dark places with a bit more of an articulate disposition ensures a record that never gets repetitive and never has to beat the listener over the head to pay attention. Heavy, Cancer Bats just are – they don’t aim to be that way and Dead Set On Living is probably the band’s best example of that. TeamDistort.com

TRASH TALK Unbridled release, period. Everything written about this Sacramento, CA hardcore collective focuses on one of a few things – their onstage explosion complete with unending stage dives, broken equipment, and crowd participation OR their intriguing crossover appeal. In fact, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs, after having made quite the splash himself in 2011, declared that Trash Talk was his favorite part about SXSW 2012. He is the bottom line. Aside from their minute long bursts called songs, their firm connection to skateboarding culture, and their ability to rally small armies during their live shows,Trash Talk genuinely does not care how they are received, especially if it means compromising who they project themselves to be. It is not about black or white, hip hop or punk, smoking weed or drinking 40oz. bottles of malt liquor, when Trash Talk steps onstage, it is fundamentally about releasing every bit of energy onstage to backing tracks that play out more like sonic assaults then hardcore songs. With Trash Talk, there is no formula and that is the beauty of it all. TrashTalkHC.com

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Skinnie Magazine Issue 120 - April 2012  

MUSIC • SPORTS • LIFE

Skinnie Magazine Issue 120 - April 2012  

MUSIC • SPORTS • LIFE

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