Metz debut is a blistering and punishing 29 minutes of what would be the equivalent of aural shock therapy. Equal parts crushing drums, screeching guitar noise and vocal shredding this is the kind of album that needs to come along every so often to wake us from our everyday coma and remind us that rock `n roll does still exist. And it can still be dangerous.
The Toronto power trio wastes no time in pummeling the listener. Opener `Headache' opens with big drums and massive guitars that are reminiscent of Nirvana's `Serve The Servants' off In Utero. There are many similarities between that Nirvana swan song and this debut. The loud, abrasive guitar spurts and big, overblown drums and of course the primal scream vocals all bring that Seattle three piece that changed everything in 1992 to mind. But besides the `sound' they bring to mind, Metz also has Nirvana's ability to assault you while at the same time writing something you'll remember. Underneath all the violence and anger there's an underlying song craft. But for the most part, Metz just beats the snot out of you. `Sad Pricks' is pure violence and chaos put to tape. `Rats' is the musical equivalent of the bombing of Dresden during WWll. `Knife in the Water' could almost be called catchy. Then the screams begin. `Nausea' actually lives up to it's title. A minute long piece of music that sounds as if the tape machine was about to break. Wobbling all the way through to the end. `Wet Blanket' is a scrapper. Throwing punches all the way to the end. The spirit of Detroit lives in this excellent track. MC5 and The Stooges are alive and well in this bloody nose of a song.
Besides Nirvana these Toronto punks, either intentionally or unintentionally, bring to mind Big Black, old school Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies and Wire on PCP. There's also a similarity to Cloud Nothing. Metz is Cloud Nothing's big brother that just got released from prison.
Metz is a force to be reckoned with. They play rock `n roll that's angry, brutal, violent and dangerous. It's also meticulous, precise, catchy and razor wire sharp. METZ is one of the best rock albums you'll likely hear this year.