Billy Talent

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Billy Tallent is a fictional character from Michael Turner’s 1993 book “Hard Core Logo”. The band adapted this moniker in late 1999 though were formerly known as Pezz since 1993.

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Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. There have been no lineup changes, although Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter and Say Yes is currently filling in for him. In the 13 years since their inception, Billy Talent sold well over one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally.

The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success. The members met and played in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School under the name Pezz and remained underground in Toronto's indie music scene until 2001. The band renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name. It was then that Kowalewicz's connection with an employee of Warner Music Canada's A&R department landed the band a record deal and launched them into mainstream success. Since then, Billy Talent has made three multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their second album. They released their third album, entitled Billy Talent III, on July 14, 2009, and their fourth album, entitled Dead Silence, on September 4, 2012. Dead Silence was followed up by a full UK tour over the course of October and November 2012. To commemorate the longevity since the release of their first studio album, the band has released a greatest hits album entitled Hits on November 4, 2014. the band regrouped and began to prepare material for its fifth studio album. Just prior to entering the studio, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk made the difficult decision to sit out the recording sessions while he continued his longstanding battle with multiple sclerosis. Fellow Canadian Jordan Hastings quickly recruited to play as Solowoniuk's studio stand-in, and in early 2016 the group completed work on Afraid of Heights, which was released that July.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Billy Talent Billy Talent 3.35 14
2006 Billy Talent II Billy Talent 4 12
2009 Billy Talent III Billy Talent 5 16
2012 Dead Silence Billy Talent 5
2016 Afraid of Heights Billy Talent 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Hits Billy Talent 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Try Honesty (live at Breakout) Billy Talent 1
2006 2006-09-08: Hammersmith Palais, London, UK Billy Talent 3 1
2006 Live From the UK Sept./2006: 16:09:06: Manchester, Manchester Academy Billy Talent 1
2007 666 Billy Talent 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Try Honesty Billy Talent 7
2003 River Below Billy Talent 3
2003 Try Honesty / Living in the Shadows Billy Talent 2
2004 The Ex Billy Talent 4
2006 Devil in a Midnight Mass Billy Talent 5
2006 Red Flag Billy Talent 5
2006 Fallen Leaves Billy Talent 5
2007 Surrender Billy Talent 3
2008 Turn Your Back Billy Talent with Anti‐Flag 2
2009 Rusted From the Rain Billy Talent 4
2009 Devil on My Shoulder Billy Talent 2
2012 Viking Death March Billy Talent 1
2012 Surprise Surprise Billy Talent 1
2013 Toast to Freedom Anti‐Flag feat. Donots and Members of Beatsteaks and Billy Talent 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Try Honesty Billy Talent 1
2009 Rusted From the Rain EP Billy Talent 2
2010 Saint Veronika Billy Talent 2

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 iTunes Session Billy Talent 3

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