10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto trio METZ were one of a handful of ’00s bands to update the abrasive sounds of ‘90s noise rock for a new audience. Opening with the full-tilt attack of “Headache” (a fair title if there ever was one), METZ is a wired, compellingly unfriendly debut that sounds less like a band at work than a storm blowing through a sheet-metal shop. As with forebears like Melvins and The Jesus Lizard, their secret weapon is groove, making the shrapnel of tracks like “Knife in the Water” and “Wet Blanket” as hypnotic as they are nasty.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto trio METZ were one of a handful of ’00s bands to update the abrasive sounds of ‘90s noise rock for a new audience. Opening with the full-tilt attack of “Headache” (a fair title if there ever was one), METZ is a wired, compellingly unfriendly debut that sounds less like a band at work than a storm blowing through a sheet-metal shop. As with forebears like Melvins and The Jesus Lizard, their secret weapon is groove, making the shrapnel of tracks like “Knife in the Water” and “Wet Blanket” as hypnotic as they are nasty.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
53 Ratings
53 Ratings
Sarah Armstrong ,

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).

Cowbell-Challenged ,

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!

immaculatemc ,

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.

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