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Canada's METZ are a return to everything that's good about loud, ecstatic live music; a frantic nod to Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd. at their most vicious, while carving out some heavy new business. METZ have been around for over three years, sharing stages with Mission of Burma, Mudhoney, Oneida, and NoMeansNo. METZ was produced by the band and recorded by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and Alexandre Bonenfant. METZ articulate with deafening clarity what we've known for some time: The world of good music needs a new power trio, and this is it.

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Disc: 1

  1. Headache
  2. Get Off
  3. Sad Pricks
  4. Rats
  5. Knife in the Water
  6. Nausea
  7. Wet Blanket
  8. Wasted
  9. The Mule
  10. Negative Space
  11. --))--


Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 9, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop Records
  • ASIN: B008S0BM7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Hubner on October 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Metz debut is a blistering and punishing 29 minutes of what would be the equivalent of aural shock therapy. Equal parts crushing drums, screeching guitar noise and vocal shredding this is the kind of album that needs to come along every so often to wake us from our everyday coma and remind us that rock `n roll does still exist. And it can still be dangerous.

The Toronto power trio wastes no time in pummeling the listener. Opener `Headache' opens with big drums and massive guitars that are reminiscent of Nirvana's `Serve The Servants' off In Utero. There are many similarities between that Nirvana swan song and this debut. The loud, abrasive guitar spurts and big, overblown drums and of course the primal scream vocals all bring that Seattle three piece that changed everything in 1992 to mind. But besides the `sound' they bring to mind, Metz also has Nirvana's ability to assault you while at the same time writing something you'll remember. Underneath all the violence and anger there's an underlying song craft. But for the most part, Metz just beats the snot out of you. `Sad Pricks' is pure violence and chaos put to tape. `Rats' is the musical equivalent of the bombing of Dresden during WWll. `Knife in the Water' could almost be called catchy. Then the screams begin. `Nausea' actually lives up to it's title. A minute long piece of music that sounds as if the tape machine was about to break. Wobbling all the way through to the end. `Wet Blanket' is a scrapper. Throwing punches all the way to the end. The spirit of Detroit lives in this excellent track. MC5 and The Stooges are alive and well in this bloody nose of a song.

Besides Nirvana these Toronto punks, either intentionally or unintentionally, bring to mind Big Black, old school Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies and Wire on PCP.
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Precisely ten seconds into the first song it seemed trying to write anything too eloquent about a band like Metz might be pretentiousness in motion. However you approach the intent behind this noise, something is undeniable: this is just rock music, and I can say that with no condescension. Sometimes talk is cheap. Just throw the ball, damnit.

Comparisons to Sub Pop luminaries are spot on although these apparent influences on Metz have seldom sounded this violent. There's finesse here but don't expect to find it in the songwriting. Where a stereotypical grunge song plays with the same old volume results, Metz is in full attack mode for the full half hour. With a consistent tone throughout its remarkable what they're able to do with the formula."Wasted" is as memorable a tune as any Melvins classic and seems happy to dive aplomb into Nirvana musical references, albeit the more abrasive ones. The mix on this album is jagged in all the right ways, letting woozy guitar lines acid wash into the assault of the drums. Meanwhile singer and guitarist Alex Edkins screeches away, his voice often sounding swallowed by his detonative chords. If David Yow sounded like a maniac trapped in a basement, this man sounds like he's drowning in the toxic amount of distortion just three of these instruments are creating.

Music blog hype aside, this album delivers what you'd want from a current noise rock band, and whether or not the emergence of Metz is part of any contrived `revival' in modern music is to be determined. For now, credit to these guys for not trying to reinvent any genre wheels but give it some gaudy new rims.
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Each original track has its own unique new sound. Very imaginitive compositions, editing and sound processing. The heavy reverb washes over almost everything sometimes but the driving rythms that power this high-voltage group. You can't often tell what the vocals are all about but just go with the sense of urgency. That seems to be enough. This is great work-music. Listening to it keeps me focused and sharp. I'm an artist and when working in the studio gets to be a drag with some boring detail that has to be gotten through, this CD will be one of those used to provide instant motivation!
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To date, I've only seen Metz live in a short set in-store appearance at Permanent Records in Chicago. I was so blown away by their music that I neglected to buy this album while I was there. These guys are the real deal. This album is very representative of their high energy, smack you upside the head sound. If you're a hardcore/punk fan, it's a must buy. Then, go see these dudes in the flesh. They'll knock some rust off your soul.
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i just started listening to it and been through it twice, but the grooves, the production, the lyrics, the pace does keep me. when i get inspired to expand on this review after some more rounds of an ear invasion, i will update. but you will not be disappointed.
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One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Fans off the old bands that sub pop had on their label should love these guys
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Its just a good, heavy, glitchy, twitchy, straightforward, jumpy drummed, noise punk album. Songs don't vary much but it really doesn't matter because its not dragged out...the album is just 30 min long (give or take). I like a short album that is all killer and no filler, and thats what the Metz did.
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