Hot Summer Music: Cancer Bats – August 31

The combination of hardcore and metal is sublime and diabolical. Sometimes it’s utterly unlistenable and sometimes it results in sheer emotive brilliance like Converge. Happily, Toronto’s Cancer Bats are from the latter camp, serving up an addictive metalcore sound that draws heavily from sludge and stoner metal. Proving that the Juno selection committee is a thousand times badder-ass than the Grammy one (by some strange magic), the group was nominated for New Group of the Year in 2009, and once again in 2011 for Rock Album of the Year. Such high-profile recognition hasn’t diluted or adulterated their sound one bit, and all four of their LPs spare not a single punch. Check them out August 31 at the Rock House or as Bat Sabbath (Performing songs by Black Sabbath) August 29 at Club One. There will be an all ages show at Distortion on August 30 at 3pm. Ticket info at