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Toronto's Metz stake out territory once owned by Big Black, Jesus Lizard, and other loud, abrasive groups that cared not at all for the pop ends of popular song. Metz's goal is to turn up the volume and then turn it up some more. "Rats" features a battering hook in the shadows of reverb, but the tune is mostly driven by a bass line that isn't interested in making new friends. There's a touch of Public Image Ltd. in Metz' doomsday attack. The deliberate cacophony is a beautiful noise, carefully thought out for maximum impact, with producers Graham Walsh (Holy F***) and Alexandre Bonenfant capturing the trio's magic in an old barn over a week's worth of sessions. The one-minute break-up of "Nausea" is a noisy subsonic piece worthy of Jean-Paul Sartre. "Wet Blanket" takes the jackhammer rhythms of Big Black and matches it to a John Lydon bellow. The album is such a quick, exciting ride that even the oppressive puncturing notes of the hidden finale make for spirited deviance at its finest.

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This Band Could Be Your Life.

Contrary to the lack-luster comments below, I think this album is absolutely KILLER. Anyone who has read "Our Band Could Be Your Life", and is into the 80s noise-rock/ hardcore scene, will be pleased to hear the discernible influences of Husker Du, Jesus Lizard, Butthole Surfers and Bleach-era Nirvana. Whereas some bands have dumbed-down these influences, Metz modernizes hard-core/ noise rock while retaining its implicit authenticity (urgent, overwhelming sound). Because of this, I'm inclined to say that album is not only killer- but totally necessary. It's high time for a band like Metz to bring back the noise in recognition of the foundational indie influences of alt. rock (whatever that means anymore).

Canada is making better music these days

We have lost our edge. The whole hipster movement has effectively de-balled any aggressive music or commentary. Originality is frowned upon and medicated away. Toronto is producing some of the best bands to come along in years. Metz has an energy and danger about them that on one hand harkens back to the 80's, and on the other incredibly original in todays cookie cutter scene.

Too Much Reverb

I think I would love and cherish (and buy) this album if the vocals were mixed a little higher and there was less overall reverb (especially on the drum kit).

What is up with engineers? They can make or break a band. Eno, George Martin, Eddie Offord, Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden)—they are the crucial extra member of the band when it comes to recording an album. And what's up with Helmet? They would have gotten so much more acclaim if their songs had had some BOTTOM (easily fixed in iTunes—just equalize Helmet tracks with more bass).

Anyway, I want to love METZ...but I'm drowning in reverb.

If anyone here can recommend something good, really, go ahead. Super heavy killer stuff. I like Sabbath, Clutch, some Fugazi (Repeater is the best), Burning Airlines, Jawbox, Rival Schools. Like all the big dinosaurs, too: Zep, Dream Theater, mid-career Porcupine Tree, NIN. Anyway, thanks!


Formed: 2008 in Toronto, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Based out of Toronto, Canadian noise punk trio METZ formed in 2008, taking equal inspiration from the battered rock trappings of '90s grunge and the noisier side of shoegaze's textural guitars. The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach, and drummer Hayden Menzies. They slowly developed their sound, one that drew on wiry rhythms akin to the Jesus Lizard and fuzz-laden, high-volume production, eventually inking a deal with Sub Pop for the release of their self-titled...
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