Toronto noise-punk trio METZ is one of Canadian indie rock’s greater recent success stories, our very own modern Jesus Lizard or Nirvana. The band’s 2012 self-titled debut, while abrasive and seemingly chaotic, was meticulously constructed, taking nearly five years to completion (and was something of a breakout hit). Thankfully, they haven’t softened up one bit for their heavily anticipated follow up, simply METZ II. The jackhammer rhythms and angular riffs here are just as visceral, primal, and drenched in grime and distortion as before, forgoing any notion that this would be a sophomore slump. Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) returned as producer and for mixing duties, which may explain the sonic and thematic continuity between discs. News that the band is already working on a third album is welcome, but hopefully it won’t be released too soon – as they’ve proven once again, the great songs need to be road-tested, challenged, and well-earned.
METZ will play the Wayhome Music & Arts Festival in Barrie ON July 24-26, before heading west in August to Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Details over on the band’s label, Sub Pop.