Metz
Metz


3.0
good

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
October 7th, 2012 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't let the name fool you, "Metz" isn't a complete disappointment...

Back in the late 80’s early 90’s, grunge (or the Seattle sound) was taking the country by storm. Leading this movement of heavily distorted guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and unkempt aesthetics were the Seattle “Big 4” of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. However like so many musicals fads before and after it, the movement has largely died out. Even though three of these four bands are still active, they command nowhere near the attention they once did. These days the genre lives on through small local bands playing the music they once held so dear. One of these bands, the Canadian trio Metz, have crafted an insanely catchy and very loud interpretation of grunge that mixes some new ideas with the best of old ideologies.

As soon as the record starts spinning, it’s evident that the trio is going for loud. From the production of the drums to the purposeful coalescing of guitar and bass to make it sound like one large instrument, to the screechy intros, outros, and interludes that the band utilizes, the album up until the last song (which is a drone instrumental) has very little dead space. This supposed chaos is for the most part well controlled and doesn’t have too many instances of mindless noise nor is the grunge-y-ness ever in question. Songs like the Nirvana clone “Wasted” and the single “Headache” are good examples of the controlled chaos this album captures. The vocals are just as loud as the instruments and also a tad distorted which gives off a Nirvana-esque feel sans the angst. This strict adherence to loud, fast paced grunge is both the record’s main drawing factor as well as its biggest turn off.

Guitarist/singer Alex Edkins, in an interview with the New Yorker said the band writes everything collaboratively, and very rarely do they separately write material. This is good on paper but the result is an album that sounds very similar throughout. Each song starts with either a simple drum beat or guitar riff and blasts off from there. This formula becomes obvious after the third song and Metz throws zero surprises at you. Most of the problems with the record in fact, stem from unoriginal songwriting and a seeming lack of ideas. The overall sound is different and there are some catchy original riffs but those are, from the get-go, flimsy attributes to base a record on.

Metz definitely have the energy and the drive to be a good grunge/post-punk band. One can tell by listening to this record how amazing these songs would sound live. The lack of diversity however is a worrying factor that hopefully will be remedied with subsequent releases. The catchy songwriting and execution of these songs is a good draw for fans and better stepping stone to bigger and better things. As long as the energy level is this high, the sky is the limit.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
October 7th 2012


12250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you like grunge and want something a little new these guys can help

Streaming swankily at the New Yorker here:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2012/10/listen-to-metzs-debut-album.html

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2012


19918 Comments


Pos'd will read later bro

Digging: Transit - Joyride

Ethics
October 9th 2012


4112 Comments


Probably won't check this out, but good review!

Melanin
October 11th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

To be honest, I think a Fugazi-comparison would probably be more appropriate than a Nirvana one (I can
definitely hear them in Wasted though); sounds like a pretty standard post-hardcore album to me. Good
review nonetheless. I had the same problems with the album, but I have a feeling this is gonna grow on
me. They sound like they'd be great live, and certainly lots of potential.

dupuisj8
October 11th 2012


62 Comments


Where is this album even findable !

Calc
October 11th 2012


12250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the link I provided has it...

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2012


7358 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really don't see the whole grunge connection in this.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 14th 2012


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this shit is cool

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this has some awesome tracks.

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Kiran
Emeritus
November 29th 2012


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these are some fuckin jams

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 30th 2012


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WE GOT RATS! WE GOT RATS!

Kiran
Emeritus
December 1st 2012


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

walk to class in the freezing cold every day listening to this savageness

Hopelust
December 6th 2012


1082 Comments


Just heard about these guys on NPR. not sure how they slid past my radar.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this has grown on me for sure. They should be great live.

Hopelust
December 6th 2012


1082 Comments


First track is pretty fun. Let's try the rest!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Pos'd will read later bro"

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Kman418
April 25th 2013


10744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this

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Damus
April 28th 2013


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This bands sound is very refreshing. Beefy and violent.

Damus
April 28th 2013


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, the Nirvana comparisons are justified. The intro of Negative Space sounds right off of In Utero. The production and everything. And that's a good thing.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2013


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is my 2222nd album rating on sputnik

also I am seeing these guys next week with White Lung

hi



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