Scott Middleton leaves Cancer Bats after 17 years: “The time is right for me to prioritize my family, personal health, and my music production career”

Scott Middleton
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Scott Middleton, founding guitarist of Canadian hardcore band Cancer Bats, has announced his departure from the band.

A statement posted to Middleton's personal Twitter account reads: “After much consideration and an amazing 17 years together, I've decided that I will be parting ways with Cancer Bats.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.