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 punk 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.

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 two multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their third album. They released their fourth album, entitled Billy Talent III, on July 14, 2009, and their fifth 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 is releasing a greatest hits album entitled "Hits" on November 4, 2014.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Billy Talent Billy Talent 3.35 14
2006 Billy Talent II Billy Talent 4 11
2009 Billy Talent III Billy Talent 5 16
2012 Dead Silence Billy Talent 5

Album + Live

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


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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 Rating Releases
2010 iTunes Session Live Billy Talent 3

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