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Metz – Atlas Vending (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Metz – Atlas Vending (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:15 minutes | 498 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

More akin to artillery barrages than actual music, the punky noise rock of Metz is velocity, volume and the joy of raising a mighty, menacing din—most often with Hayden Menzies pounding a drum kit into submission, Alex Edkins howling out words and ferocious guitar squall, and Chris Slorach’s bass roaring underneath. Influenced by ’80s Amphetamine Reptile bands like Jesus Lizard, this riotous trio oozes a vehement passion no matter how distorted or thunderingly unintelligible it may be. On their fourth album, Atlas Vending the Toronto-based threesome continue their dedication to unleashing a sonic fusillade though ambition is changing their focus. Although Edkins, who has more than a hint of John Lydon in his delivery, mused in interviews before this album’s release that the band’s goal was to “to remain in flux,” and “not overthink or intellectualize the music we love,” there are hints of songcraft creeping into tunes like “Hail Taxi” where the band almost gives in to a hook or two. A slower number, the noise rock near-ballad, “Framed by the Comet’s Tail,” has an array of varied textures and tones. In “Blind Youth Industrial Park” Metz make a few Nirvana-like moves that betray their knowledge and the influence of ’90s grunge on their music. And Edkin’s guitar work in a tune like the explosive opener, “The Mirror,” is more inventive than most artists of this ilk. Another sign of maturity is that unlike most noise punk bands for whom playing live is everything, Metz now make listenable recordings. After tracking their last record Strange Peace with Steve Albini, a man with rare powers over noise and all its clamorous variants, Metz made Atlas Vending with Ben Greenberg of Uniform at Machines with Magnets studio in Pawtucket, RI. Although compressed for maximum volume and punch, the resulting wall of distortion has at least some dynamic range and a number of quieter moments. Bands intent only on volume and noise often do not last; Metz clearly have a future in mind. – Robert Baird

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Metz – II (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Metz – II (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 29:54 minutes | 361 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Sub Pop Records

II is the second studio album by Canadian noise rock band METZ, released internationally on May 4, 2015 on Sub Pop. It was released a day later in North America. II was produced by the band,[4] and engineered by Alex Bonenfant and Graham Walsh. Walsh is best known as a member of Toronto-based electronica band Holy Fuck. The album received mostly positive reviews.

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Metz – Live at the Opera House (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Metz – Live at the Opera House (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 53:44 minutes | 690 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

Long considered one of the planet’s most bombastic live acts and foremost purveyors of abrasive melodicism, METZ have spent the majority of their 11 year tenure criss-crossing the globe and bringing their unparalleled energy directly to the people. The release of their stunning new LP, Atlas Vending, saw the band pushing into new sonic territory while retaining their trademark aural maelstrom. Forced to adapt to a world without live performance and touring, METZ were determined to connect with their fans and create a live experience as dynamic as Atlas Vending within the confines and challenges of the pandemic.

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Metz – Metz (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Metz – Metz (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 29:52 minutes | 346 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

There was a time, in recent history, when you needed to have at least twelve members to even be considered a band in Canada. It was nearly impossible to tour if you didn’t have access to some kind of personnel carrier, and making a record involved several years of tambourine overdubs. You know there were kids out there who just wanted to get in a van and play loud as hell through an Ampeg stack or a four-piece drum kit, but how could you call it a band if you didn’t even know a French horn player? By 2008, band membership had reached a critical mass. You’d go to a show and you might be the only person in the room who wasn’t playing an instrument. Hard times.

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Metz – Strange Peace (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Metz – Strange Peace (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 36:07 minutes | 466 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing”, the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world. “Strange Peace”, the band’s third studio album was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show.

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