Hail Destroyer review by Cancer Bats

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  • Released: Apr 22, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (42 votes)
Cancer Bats: Hail Destroyer
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Sound — 9
Bridging the gap between Hardcore and Metal is always met with criticism, but I would struggle to see where fans of either would find reason to complain. Cancer Bats prove here that they are able to marry the two genres together in a way that balances them perfectly, focusing not on the contrast between them but in the ways that they can be blended together; raw, shouted vocals meet heavily distorted guitars, pounding percussion and unfussy but driving bass mingles with truly memorable riffs. Many criticisms of the so-called 'metalcore' genre are avoided; there's melody without an overly whiny sound, Punk intensity backed up by well-structured riffs and a sense of urgency that's unrelenting throughout. At no point does it sound as if this band wouldn't give their lives for either genre.

Lyrics — 8
As with any band of this nature, the quality of the lyrics is only apparent to those who read the booklet. Vocalist Liam Cormier effectively uses the vocal and lyrical style that is found on the more hard-edged punk bands like Agnostic Front, and newer genre-hopping metal bands bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Lamb Of God; no Bad Religion 'Oooh's' and 'Aaah's' here. From the throat-shredding screams of 'Hail...Destroyer!' in the opening number, to the instantly quotable slogan-like verses of 'Harem of Scorpions' ("We'll chase our future down the barrel of a gun.") The band also don't shy away from group chants, which no doubt gain even more power when played live with audience participation.

Overall Impression — 9
This CD is a testament to the power of the older ways of making intense music; In a time when bands seem hellbent on reinventing the wheel, Cancer Bats recognise that sometimes... people just want what they know, and driving riffs delivered with passion can be just as entertaining as the newest fad genre. A philosophy that has been taken on by bands such as Hatebreed in the past, but it's never felt quite as genuine as here.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    FearOfTheDuck
    Uses rating "5.4". Fucking petrucci fan boys... Epic album, seeing them at download and in september. The new album slays, i like it just as much, if not more than Hail..
    ParasiticTwins
    FearOfTheDuck wrote: Uses rating "5.4". Fucking petrucci fan boys... Epic album, seeing them at download and in september. The new album slays, i like it just as much, if not more than Hail..
    Nowt wrong with Petrucci, but this album is awesome.
    TheStoneGod
    This album is among my favourites and their new one is just as brilliant, if not better.
    The_Wilrus
    I remember seeing them live before the first album and when the singer spit in the bassist face 30 seconds into the first song I knew they were something special.
    thePTOD
    There's something about real Hardcore Punk with Metal in it that just beats metalcore. Metalcore's everywhere nowadays, with crappy lyrics from many of the metalcore bands. From what I've heard and read, Hardcore Punk or Metal whatever you choose to call it has better lyrics, and a better feel than just an open-fifth-open-fourth-open-fifth riff all the time.
    ParasiticTwins
    thePTOD wrote: There's something about real Hardcore Punk with Metal in it that just beats metalcore. Metalcore's everywhere nowadays, with crappy lyrics from many of the metalcore bands. From what I've heard and read, Hardcore Punk or Metal whatever you choose to call it has better lyrics, and a better feel than just an open-fifth-open-fourth-open-fifth riff all the time.
    It's knowing the difference between 'metalcore' (Avenged Sevenfold, BFMV etc.) and what's now being called 'metallic hardcore' (Converge, Dillinger, Botch etc.) that's important. Metallic hardcore actually sounds like its name; hardcore punk with a metallic edge, as opposed to metalcore which is essentially watered-down, melodic thrash.
    pwnd
    ParasiticTwins wrote: thePTOD wrote: There's something about real Hardcore Punk with Metal in it that just beats metalcore. Metalcore's everywhere nowadays, with crappy lyrics from many of the metalcore bands. From what I've heard and read, Hardcore Punk or Metal whatever you choose to call it has better lyrics, and a better feel than just an open-fifth-open-fourth-open-fifth riff all the time. It's knowing the difference between 'metalcore' (Avenged Sevenfold, BFMV etc.) and what's now being called 'metallic hardcore' (Converge, Dillinger, Botch etc.) that's important. Metallic hardcore actually sounds like its name; hardcore punk with a metallic edge, as opposed to metalcore which is essentially watered-down, melodic thrash.
    OG Metalcore