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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Toronto punk rock trio was co-produced with Uniform's Ben Greenberg.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    METZ are an animal that's evolved to its benefit, with an appetite that's more refined and teeth that are still razor sharp.
  2. Oct 6, 2020
    80
    Each of their previous three albums have proven invigorating examples of their punishing aesthetic, but Atlas Vending finds them pushing things forward, broadening their horizons to tremendous effect.
  3. Oct 19, 2020
    80
    Produced and recorded with a skill that's all the more effective for its unwillingness to intrude on the band, Atlas Vending is a dazzling display of form and content that shows listeners how math rock can be effectively weaponized.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 6, 2020
    80
    The Toronto band maintain a formidable degree of power and velocity throughout their fourth album, yet songs like "The Mirror" and "Framed By The Comet's Tail" are well-served by their willingness to ease up on the gas pedal. [Nov 2020, p.33]
  5. Oct 9, 2020
    80
    All things considered, this is a brilliant record from Metz, and perhaps the closest they’ve yet come to capturing their incredible live performance on record.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 14, 2020
    80
    Well worth (re)discovering. [Nov 2020, p.87]
  7. Oct 13, 2020
    64
    There’s no denying METZ’s ability to summon a white-knuckled, visceral disgust where tension and release are indistinguishable. It slaps, but it doesn’t leave much of a mark.

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  1. Oct 9, 2020
    10
    All the energy and urgency, with more complexity than ever before. This is their best yet.