CAN­CER BATS

THE UN­DER­WORLD, LONDON

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Lives - TOM CON­NICK

Hail De­stroyer gets a ri­otous 10th birth­day party

TonighT marks The

final night of a four-night res­i­dency for Can­cer Bats, who have taken refuge in The Un­der­world to cel­e­brate the 10th an­niver­sary of their sec­ond, break­through al­bum, Hail De­stroyer. Fit­tingly, the place goes off like an out-of-con­trol house party. Kick­ing straight into their cover of Beastie Boys’ Sab­o­tage, with front­man Liam Cormier prowl­ing about the stage like a wolf, there’s no sign that their week of partying has left any last­ing dam­age. Crowd­surfers surge for­wards as they dive straight into a full-al­bum run-through of that sec­ond LP, its ti­tle track still hold­ing up as one of modern heavy metal’s finest tracks. Else­where, Sorcer­ess hits harder than ever, each of its mul­ti­ple break­downs slowed down to a steam-train chug, while Lu­cifer’s Rock­ing Chair sees one en­ter­pris­ing fan stage­dive, be­fore rid­ing the crowd all the way to the back of the room, and right back to the front again. Pray For Dark­ness, mean­while, finds Liam de­mand­ing “the big­gest fuck­ing cir­clepit in the his­tory of The Un­der­world” – a re­quest that’s eas­ily met, and quickly topped. Friends and fam­ily of the band soon be­gin snatch­ing mics and leap­ing on heads from the side of the stage, with the whole thing threat­en­ing to tip over into pan­de­mo­nium by the time a snarling Pneu­mo­nia Hawk ap­pears. Then, af­ter a brief, whis­pered de­lib­er­a­tion at the back of the stage, all shit is lost as Hail De­stroyer is whipped out once more for a final, ass-kick­ing run-through: proof, were it needed, that Can­cer

Bats are masters of metal may­hem.

Liam puts his best foot for­ward for Hail De­stroyer’s an­niver­sary bash

You want metal may­hem? Can­cer Bats de­liver

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