Founding member of Cancer Bats leaves, band cancel all 2021 shows

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Guitarist Scott Middleton formed the band in 2004 with vocalist Liam Cormier.

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Cancer Bats guitarist Scott Middleton has announced his departure from the band he helped form with vocalist Liam Cormier in 2004.

  • Read more: Cancer Bats – ‘The Spark That Moves’ review
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Taking to Twitter, Middleton explained: “After much thought and an amazing 17 years together, I have decided that I will split with Cancer Bat.”

“I look back on all the records I’ve made, the countless tours and shows, the achievements I’ve made together, and the memories I share, with great pride and gratitude. I have Mike (Peters, drums), Jay (R. Schwarzer, Bass) and Liam and I wish them all the very best for their future.


Middleton starred on all six of the Cancer Bats’ studio albums, the most recent of which is 2018’s “The Spark That Moves”.

Speaking about his decision to leave, Middleton said: “Following recent life events, it feels more like now than ever for me to prioritize my family, personal growth/health, and that of other bands and artists.” The time is right to focus on my music career. My experience and passion for production, mastery and mixing.”

Middleton further stated that he was building his own recording studio on Quinte’s Bay, east of Toronto, and invited people to contact.

The rest of the hardcore band shared a statement saying that they intend to “continue on this sonic path of destruction, starting tracking CB7 in the studio soon. This is by no means the end of Cancer Bat.”

However, as a result of Middleton’s departure, all Cancer Bat shows for 2021 have been canceled or rescheduled to 2022. Click Here for the affected dates.


Last month the Cancer Bats released the acoustic EP ‘You’ll Never Break Us: Separation Sessions Volume 2’, which featured 5 reworked Cancer Bats songs. An acoustic version of their 2008 breakout track ‘Hell Destroyer’.

The track, now called ‘Hell the Acoustic Destroyer’, also features former Cradle of Galth keyboardist and backing vocalist Lindsey Schoolcraft.

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