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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.Read more ›
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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It's been a while since I've actually bought a cd. This was definitely worth it. I cannot stress enough how much I love this album.Published on October 2, 2013 by caitlyn grant
Fantastic relentless noisy crashing debut. Requires to be played loud enough to cause hearing damage. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Daniel Grace
One of my favorite albums of 2012. Full of angst and fury, it's heavy and claustrophobic but also very tight and well produced.Published on January 29, 2013 by Steven H Gilpin
Sounds good! Though the vocals are buried with reverb, I'd like to hear the tone of his voice. A great buy!Published on January 10, 2013 by The Tamayo
Old school in a new package! For those who love to rock out with an edge. Would love to see them live.Published on December 17, 2012 by Tina
A great punk album. Their sound is so classic, yet fresh. I love the song Headache. If you're looking for something new to try you won't be disappointed.Published on December 4, 2012 by Meghan Green
Do you fancy having the taste slapped out your mouth and your teeth kicked down your throat in a 30 minute blitzreig of unrelenting noise rock? Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Kenneth
If you've been needing to get your grimy, distorted, insane, brutal new music fix, look no further than METZ. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by CliveBigsby