It seems these days that bands have more members than your standard country club. Often it is even a challenge to figure out what some of the band members do. That is why when I saw that Metz was a three-member band I was intrigued by what they had to offer.
Hailing from Canada, Metz is a hard band to pin a genre to. I can identify them as a post-hardcore punk band with some sludge aspect mixed in. They play fast-paced music that sounds like it was recorded on a tape recorder they purchased for a nickel. This may sound like the band is not a good one or that their music is less than perfect, but reality of it is the polar opposite.
This recording style blending with the music genre combines to create this wonderfully grimy, hard-hitting, self-titled debut album. This album is definitely one that has to grow on you. The first time you listen to it you are going to hate it on general principle.
Yet, when you listen to it again, you are hooked. The thing I really liked about his album was the sound variety it had when you got into the really specific punk genres.
It is normal to listen to an album and have a feeling that all the songs sounded the same. This is not the case with this album. Every song intro is different and inviting for you to listen to the rest of it. “Knife in the Water,” for example starts off with this really nice drum rhythm.
It is ‘dancey’ in a way, but then the heavy distortion of the sliding power chords hits you.
In addition, there is “Wet Blanket.” It is a good example of how big sound can be when achieved with only three people. Like I stated before, this album is not for everyone. However, if you are a fan of garage rock punk, or noise rock, this album is definitely worth a listen.