SIX albums in, Cancer Bats are the proof that loud, gritty, and ranting punk rock is still alive and thrashing in Canada.

The Toronto outfit cite the likes of Black Flag, Down, Led Zeppelin, Entombed, and Black Sabbath as influences – and have even toured Canada as a Sabbath cover band under the moniker Bat Sabbath.

But don’t worry, cover versions will be kept to a minimum when the tour to promote their sixth album, The Spark That Moves, arrives at the Boileroom, Guildford, on Sunday 4 August.