METZ - METZ
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    100
    For all its abrasion and denatured noise, Metz isn't a statement of nihilism or finality; it's a bright, exploratory scalpel making the first of hopefully many incisions.
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    90
    You can imagine, and probably relate, to the monotony and helpless angst that attacks us when we're a certain age, going through certain ritualistic processes of life. So imagine this record as the soundtrack to those feelings, and how liberating, not only that would have felt then, but does feel now.
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    90
    Metz [have] easily made one of the finest and most ferocious punk albums in years on this sledgehammer of a debut.
  4. Oct 18, 2012
    90
    Undeniably one of my favorite albums of the year, METZ shines brightly, like a Molotov cocktail at the moment of impact.
  5. Oct 18, 2012
    90
    This is an album that sounds fresh despite having its roots firmly planted in the post-hardcore/pre-grunge era.
  6. Oct 10, 2012
    90
    Not since the Men dropped Leave Home last summer has a young band made an album of pure, hard-edged rock this good or entertainingly lacerating. [No. 92, p.56]
  7. Oct 10, 2012
    90
    These are tightly constructed songs that sledgehammer a jagged line between the Pixies' inventive pop clamor and the hazy beauty of another clever noise purveyor deserving of the all-caps treatment, HEALTH.
  8. Oct 10, 2012
    85
    There's a surface graininess that amplifies the corrosive qualities of the band's sound and the strep-throat rawness of Edkins' voice, but also serves to accentuate some of the more surprising elements in the mix.
  9. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    Brilliant: like all the best bands in the world playing through one broken amp at maximum volume. [3 Nov 2012, p.53]
  10. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    Metz make you want to rock and then roll and then rock a bit more. By the end of this album's 30 boisterous minutes you'll feel absolutely exhausted.
  11. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Nirvana are actually a better comparison, not so much for the sonic similarities (though they are certainly there if you want to make them), but for METZ's ability to channel primal screams and squelching guitars into hook-laden earworms.
  12. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    It's a real relief, then, to hear METZ's self-titled debut, a tight set of 10 gut-punch punk songs that, in 30 minutes, delivers the type of catharsis we've been lacking.
  13. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    Blood simple and bloody minded, their half-hour self-titled debut is a welcome lurch straight for the jugular.
  14. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    METZ is pulverizing, but in an artistic, superior way; the Canada-based trio balance noise, aggression and tact expertly.
  15. Metz deliver the same righteous anger that informed much of their favourite music in the early '90s.
  16. 80
    On Record, they bring a sharpened tune-smithery to their noise-punk.
  17. The sonic corruption and disquieting sense of dread are accomplished with pure muscle alone. But instead of keeping this mindset out in the open, Metz just sweat it out over thirty jarring minutes.
  18. Oct 16, 2012
    72
    On its self-titled debut, the post-punk trio remarkably bottles the sound of a live show.
  19. Mar 13, 2013
    67
    Metz locates a bittersweet spot between post-punk calculation and garage-rock urgency.
  20. Oct 16, 2012
    65
    METZ is, in short, an almost-amazing album, an album of extremely well built and executed rock songs undone by a production that all too often calls attention to itself.
  21. Oct 8, 2012
    60
    The Toronto trio is just a ball of heavy genres, lumping together noise rock, post-punk, hardcore, no wave, or any style that might punish a pair of eardrums.
  22. Dec 12, 2012
    50
    Only when they tip the 'dumb' into an absurdism, in bouts of monotony or mindlessly devolved weirdness, do Metz sound anything like punk, or indeed art. Herein lies the retardation.
  23. Oct 9, 2012
    30
    Thirty minutes of METZ feels more like hard work than fun playtimes, and the sameness of the venture underscores the futility of whatever it is they're trying to accomplish, which falls somewhere between "artist defending bowel movement on a gallery floor" and "third demo tape by an up-and-coming new band."
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    10
    I registered just to rate this album, since that user score is a joke. This album absolutely demolishes. Imagine a Jesus Lizard album cranked to the absolutely extreme. 10/10 Album of the Year Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    5
    METZ has got great sound and interesting melody, but all songs look very simple without something extraordinary, without wow-things. It is ordinary, but good album, which doesn't open new doors and windows. They sit on warm place, which was found many years ago. But I'm sure, that there will be lot of people, who would die because of awesomeness of this band. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2012
    7
    This is the heaviest rock and roll band this year. They make grunge sound modern. Each track is heavy hitting and pounds these huge riffs in your face. Productions slick, vocals are abrasive, and the sound of Metz are one in a few nowadays. All In All, Metz make a solid debut with this record. B Full Review »