Every Time I Die
2."Bricks And Mortar"
5."Dead Set On Living"
9."Bastards (featuring Dez Fafara of DevilDriver)"
10."Rally The Wicked"
11."New World Alliance"
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My years here at Decoy have been… amusing to say the least. I’ve made some long distance connections with some wild people, interviewed some crazy bands and reviewed some shitty albums. Needless to say, I’ve had a good run. So it is with a heavy heart that I tell you this will be my last review here at Decoy Music. Being that it is my final chapter here, I want to go out with a bang. I wanted to dive into an album that was not only amazing, but an album that also summed up who I am as person and the persona I have built for myself at this remarkable site. For those familiar with me, you know that I am obnoxious, I love anything southern and there’s a possibility that I might drink too much. At this current point in time, if I were to designate any album to represent who I am as a person, it would be the new Cancer Bats release, Dead Set on Living.
D.S.O.L. is everything you could ask for in an album. It’s filthy, it’s groovy, and it’s pissed off. “R.A.T.S.” is nothing more than a head-banging neck-breaker that sets the stage for almost forty minutes of musical partying. Liam has never sounded more aggressive than he does belting out, “THERE’S A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL, FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!” “Bricks and Mortar” is a hard-driving, ruthless track full of riffs to accompany you on your journey down a bottle of Jack Daniels. “Road Sick” starts off on a catchier note but still holds on tight to every ounce of anger that Liam’s vocals spew onto every track. The same thing goes for the following track “Breathe Armageddon.” It seems a bit more upbeat but still carries a menacing side that Bat Sabbath is known for having.
The album’s title track has a very subtle Slayer vibe to it. The musical progression is one almost of a heavy metal thriller, but it’s the howling of the track’s name that is nearly Araya-esque. “The Void” continues in the ways of Slayer but mixes it up a bit with a hint of Pantera. It definitely makes for a heavy and enjoyable listen.
“Old Blood” is an asthma sufferer’s worst nightmare. This track is so relentless that a minute into it I needed to hit my inhaler… and the bottle of whiskey next to it. When asked about this album, Liam summed it up into one word, “Bangers.” This track is the perfect example of what he meant. “Drunken Physics” is definitely one of the best tracks these dudes have written. Covered in grime, it has more riffs than Kirstie Alley has stretch marks. “Bastards” pretty much follows the same routine as the rest of the album, but the main thing to be noted here is the guest appearance from Dez Fafara of DevilDriver. It’s the album closer, however, that is the Stone Cold Stunner of head-bangers. “New World Alliance” is heavy, sludgy, and drenched in single-barrel whiskey.
Ladies and gentleman, it is the year of the riff and Cancer Bats are running for President. Even though they’re Canadian…so I guess they're running for whatever it is they have up there. Either way, you get my point. This album is not something you want to pass up or take lightly. I’ve spent too much time and effort at this god forsaken website trying to convince people to get wasted and listen to music, and dammit you better make this last one count! This album is perfect in every sense of the word. So man up, buy this album, get a case a High Life, and proceed to jam this while getting wild and peeing on things everywhere! I’m outta here Decoy!