Hail Destroyer

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Hail Destroyer
Cancer Bats - Hail Destroyer cover.jpg
Studio album by Cancer Bats
Released April 22, 2008
Genre Hardcore punk, sludge metal, metalcore
Length 37:35
Label Distort, Metal Blade
Producer Eric Ratz, Kenny Luong, Greg Below
Cancer Bats chronology
Birthing the Giant
(2006)Birthing the Giant2006
Hail Destroyer
Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
(2010)Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones2010
Singles from Hail Destroyer
  1. "Lucifer's Rocking Chair"
    Released: November 2, 2008

Hail Destroyer is Cancer Bats' second full-length album.[1] It was released on April 22, 2008 by Distort Entertainment in Canada and on June 24, 2008 by Metal Blade Records in the US.[2]

In 2009, Hail Destroyer was reissued in some regions with four bonus tracks (one new song and three cover songs) in addition to a DVD featuring live footage of the Cancer Bats.[3] The bonus tracks were also released separately as an extended play dubbed the Tour EP on June 30, 2009.[4] Videos were filmed for "Hail Destroyer", "Deathsmarch" and "Lucifer's Rocking Chair".

The title track was featured briefly in the 2009 sci-fi horror film Splice.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hail Destroyer" 3:17
2. "Harem of Scorpions" (featuring Tim McIlrath) 2:47
3. "Deathsmarch" (featuring Wade MacNeil) 3:36
4. "Regret" 2:44
5. "Bastard's Waltz" 3:28
6. "Sorceress" 2:16
7. "Lucifer's Rocking Chair" 4:21
8. "Let It Pour" 2:42
9. "Smiling Politely" (featuring Ben Kowalewicz) 4:02
10. "Pray for Darkness" 1:30
11. "PMA 'Til I'm DOA" 3:03
12. "Zed's Dead, Baby" 3:50
Total length: 37:35
Reissue bonus tracks and Tour EP
No. Title Length
13. "Engine Skull" 2:38
14. "Agenda Suicide" (The Faint cover) 2:57
15. "So Jealous" (Tegan and Sara cover) 2:54
16. "I Want a Lot Now" (Murder City Devils cover) 3:44
Total length: 49:56


Cancer Bats
  • Liam Cormier – lead vocals
  • Scott Middleton – lead & rhythm guitars, bass, backing vocals
  • Mike Peters – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Additional musicians
  • Wade MacNeil – guest vocals on "Deathsmarch"
  • Ben Kowalewicz – guest vocals on "Smiling Politely"
  • Tim McIlrath – guest vocals on "Harem of Scorpions"
  • Gang vocals by Jaye Schwarzer, Mike Peters, Scott Middleton, Billy Hamilton, Juice, Travis Porter, xHambonex, Adam Sylvester
  • Produced and engineered by Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong
  • Mixed by Eric Ratz, Greg Below and Kenny Luong
  • Mastered by Scott Lake
  • Design and art direction by Doublenaut
  • Illustrations by Alex Snelgrove


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (82%) link
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Alternative Vision 5/5 stars link
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
Punknews.org 4/5 stars link
Punktastic.com 4.5/5 stars link
Rockmidgets.com 5/5 stars link
Toronto Music Scene 4/5 stars link
Unglued Reviews (Positive) link
  • "Hail Destroyer" was placed at #3 in Kerrang! magazine's 2008 "End of the Year" list.


  • The song "Zed's Dead, Baby" is in reference to a line spoken by Bruce Willis' character Butch, in the film Pulp Fiction.



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