As soon as you hit play on II, one thing is certain: there is no way in hell to stop METZ. Their second album, out now on SubPop, is a runaway semi-truck packed with disgustingly-abusive guitars, throat ripping vocals, crashing drums and about twenty-five hundred pounds of TNT.
This is “noise rock”, but it’s not just the noise that defines II, it’s the balance of organized chaos and rawness that make the record truly transcendent. Metz guitarist / vocalist Alex Edkins described the album as “much heavier, darker, and sloppier” than their debut, and it has those traits in spades. Their first album, though still brutal, had a more calculated approach. You never really know which way II is going, but it always ends up being the right direction.
METZ has spent more time touring the last three years than probably any other band in North America, and this record is a great representation of their frenetic live show. From the driving opener “Acetate” to the all out assault of “Nervous System,” METZ have made the rare heavy record that is devastating on the eardrums but not tiring to listen to. The energy and raw emotion of their live show leak in to every second of the record and keep it fresh even across multiple listens.
It’s fitting that METZ signed with SubPop because you can hear a lot of Nirvana on this record. Not just in the wailing guitars, but the sophistication in the songwriting and ability to bring cohesion to chaos.
Other standout tracks on II include the bruising “Landfall”, and perfect album closer “Kicking a Can of Worms” which builds from creepy feedback and echoed acoustic guitar to an anthemic wall of perfect-punk noise that brilliantly shuts off the album.
II is a 30 minute album that would take most bands in the punk scene 30 years to write. It’s a gut-punch executed by the Hulk. Buy it. Stream it. And then see it live.
TOP TRACKS: "Acetate", "Nervous System", "Kicking a Can of Worms"