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Drawing on legends like Buzzcocks and Fugazi, Canadian quartet Billy Talent (named after the guitarist in Bruce McDonald's cult punk movie Hard Core Logo) yell out dueling vocals over crunchy guitar riffs and muscular, consistently catchy basslines. Check out the screamer "This Is How It Goes" or the hyperkinetic "Living in the Shadows"—their fist-in-the-air spirit will spike your energy to dangerous levels. Just be prepared: You'll be humming and air-drumming these infectious tunes for the rest of the week.

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A criminally overlooked record by a truly unique band.

Billy Talent had the misfortune of being lumped in with other major-label "punk" groups when their debut was released, but they are lightyears ahead of their peers. Don't let the odd band name or major-label logo fool you - these guys are serious musicians, and their brand of viceral revivalist punk will make you a believer - and this is from an admitted indie rock snob.

The Most Unique Band in Rock

Billy Talent is THE most unique band in Rock. When you have to compare Billy Talent to other bands to describe their sound, they might say 'Oh, they're a hardcore Simple Plan,' but Billy Talent has such an energetic, original feel and sound that you can't compare them to anyone else. This is the only album where I enjoy ALL of the songs a WHOLE lot, and can listen to the album over and over. Here is my top 5 ranking of songs: 1) Lies - Powerful vocals and message 2) Try Honesty - Calm one moment, then it explodes the next with a strong message and sound. 3) Standing in the Rain - This is the most energetic adrenaline pumper on the album 4) River Below - Aggressive and powerful, STRONG vocals. 5) Line & Sinker - Also aggressive and powerful with STRONG vocals (same as River Below) All in all, Billy Talent's album provides you with an incredible musical journey that has so much energy you'll be begging for more. (I am so pumped for the upcoming 2006 album)

Red Flag!!!! It's not on this album...

People out there are going absolutely crazy over Red Flag, when in reality, it isn't that great of a song. I would prefer many other songs over it by Billy Talent. You guys need to look beyond their singles and the super hits. The best stuff, in my opinion, is what doesn't get played constantly and is not always talked about. Take my advice, and purchase this whole album, and listen to ALL of the songs. I won't recommend any, because they are all great songs. Branch out. Buy all of their work, and you'll be happier. Rock on Billy Talent, rock on...

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Punk revival quartet Billy Talent used to be known as Pezz back in their Streetsville, Ontario, high school days. But by 1999, the quartet -- vocalist Ben Kowalewicz, guitarist Ian D'Sa, bassist Jon Gallant, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk -- had adopted a new moniker and were making their way in Toronto with the self-released Watoosh! LP under their belt. The Try Honesty EP followed in 2001; it led to strong local buzz, exposure supporting larger touring acts, and an eventual demo deal with EMI. The...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Alternative, Punk
  • Released: Aug 26, 2003

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