Toronto grungers METZ return with their appropriately titled second album II. If 2012’s self titled release sounded like Nirvana’s Bleach then... well... so does this. Clattering drums and scrawling guitars aplenty. Out on limited ‘Loser’ edition vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD from Sub Pop.
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- SP1120X / Limited indies only coloured vinyl 'Loser' edition LP on Sub Pop
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 30 April 2015
Sub Pop’s angriest noise rock revivalists Metz deafened with their first record, offering no real respite and sustaining themselves at the same volume at all times. Sometimes listening to Metz really feels like listening to hardcore, in the sense that the loudness is never modulated, always at a steady, piercing level. You could probably nap to Metz -- but don’t, because this record is really good.
‘II’ has more of the same dissonant sequences, dynamically ruinous drumming and distantly sweat-out vocals. On “Spit You Out”, the band collaborate on a harmony that’s a joy to behold: it sounds utterly buried among the rubble of guitar and percussion, but you can still somehow catch onto it and ride on their favoured gang vocal. While there’s little in the way of hooks manifesting on this record, the riffs do a great thing: they both draw you in and sound like a compact, inseparable part of the song, like the one that rolls through “ZZYZX”, sticking seamlessly with the chunky chords and hateful low-end.
If Metz keep going like this, it probably won’t matter: like any good ferocious and feedback-adoring band, all that matters is they can keep chewing on slightly new utterances of their sound. ‘II’ is fast enough for us to not have time to compare it to their debut, and loud enough with its riffs and screams that they don’t feel rehashed. As he screams his way through “Nervous System”, vocalist Alex Edkins sounds a little bit Deftones circa ‘Saturday Night Wrist’. That’s the dream, my friends.
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