Published Dec 01, 2011Toronto hardcore/metal stalwarts Cancer Bats have been busy as of late. Not only are they about to embark on their Bat Sabbath covers tour, but screamer Liam Cormier recently stopped by Exclaim! TV for an interview with a metal enthusiast named "Doug" who looks suspiciously like the frontman. Hmm... Following that tour, though, the band will be releasing their fourth studio album, tentatively titled Dead Set on Living, in the new year.
In an interview with Noisecreep, Cormier promised that the album will be a bit of a departure from past efforts.
"The new stuff definitely doesn't sound like Bears or Hail or Birthing, but it sounds like where we should be at, trying to really fuckin' go for it," he said. "We really looked at it like, 'Let's make this album the ultimate party in every way that I know Cancer Bats fans want to get down.' Because I'm not sick of what we do, I fucking love playing these songs every night."
He explained that the new material was partly inspired by artists outside the realm of heavy music.
"I find I really like looking at other things because I just don't want to make a traditional hardcore record lyrically. So for me, I listen to a lot of indie rock and I've been getting super psyched on a lot of that, like the new Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes."
Okay, how cool would it be if Cancer Bats covered "Montezuma"?
That said, Dead Set on Living looks to be every bit as ferocious as what we expect from Cancer Bats.
"I don't want to make this record be us trying to be Muse, or us trying to extend ourselves into other things, like me trying to do clean singing parts so we can get played on the radio," Cormier said.
Blabbermouth previously reported that Sacrifice singer Rob Urbinati would appear on the album. Another story by Dying Scene revealed that recording for the disc is finished.
In other words, expect to hear some brand new Cancer Bats material very, very soon.
For now, check out Cormier on Exclaim! TV below.