A new record from New York's (if not America's) loudest band promises to be ear shredding particularly when recording genius/grump Steve Albini has allowed them into his lair. This live to tape recording tries to grasp the full racket of the band in live performance resulting in an accessible yet terrifying ride.
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The good thing about Metz is that they will literally be writing the same song until they break up. This is not a slight: it’s the realest praise I’ve ever given out as a gatekeeper of this stupid website. Both propulsive and mind-numbing, with throughlines and middle fingers, theirs is an endlessly listenable song. It’s noise-rock and post-hardcore in perfect calibration with the perfect energy, and it does its best work on their third record, ‘Strange Peace’.
Their chaos is never better than when it’s controlled, and this record feels like their most compact gut-punch yet: “Drained Lake” immediately scores high on my “Shall I Arbitrarily Call it Their Best Song Ever?” points card, with its backdrop of spooky, dissonant guitars contradicting everything going on in the murky, distorted foreground. This implementation of psychedelia is always subtle, knocked off a pedestal by furious drums, scarred riffs and a cliff-dangling vocal performance -- but it offers something strangely dynamic to a band who might appear as anything but.
Always on their A-game, a Metz album only needs be loud and impending on total collapse to be good: with their usual approach to snarling melodrama through abrasion and feedback, they continue their hot streak of ear-blistering bliss. 'Strange Peace' sees them getting almost transcendent with their signature sound, with the whining, grunge-defying chorus of "Lost In The Blank City" offering their very own idea of an astral plane. Isn't it horrible; isn't it great.
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