Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2012
    Dead Set On Living is gritty, punk-metal. [May 2012, p.94]
  2. 70
    Cancer Bats are not just ripping it. They're tearing it a new one.
  3. Alternative Press
    Apr 10, 2012
    It's all so accomplished, it somehow comes across as weirdly uplifting. [May 2012, p.77]
  4. Apr 17, 2012
    There's little about Dead Set on Living that isn't an improvement on the band's past efforts, from the thunderous guitar tones to the frenetic energy pouring out of every song, courtesy of live-off-the-floor recording.
  5. Apr 10, 2012
    Cancer Bats haven't lost their swagger or even their appeal, but this is uneasy listening in every sense.
  6. Kerrang!
    May 10, 2012
    Dead Set On Living is raw, visceral and an antidote to the glossy sounds and polished looks that abound right now. [114 2012, p.52]
  7. DSOL speaks the dirty rocker punk kvlt language that could put Pantera and Gallows fans side by side.
  8. Apr 13, 2012
    'Dead Set On Living' also explores such lyrical subjects as being the offspring of a particularly nasty nuclear winter, but does so to a cauldron of riffs and deathly roars stolen straight from the depths of Hell so pant-wettingly exciting, that it's impossible to do anything but scream along.
  9. Metal Hammer (UK)
    Apr 10, 2012
    It's heavy, it's catchy, it's relentlessly brilliant and, above all else, it's still quite unlike anything else you're likely to hear this year. [May 2012, p.94]

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