When: Fri., Aug. 24, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Given how much Metz gleans from early-90s angst rock, it makes pretty perfect sense that the band signed with Sub Pop to release their debut full-length this October. The album is a raging modern-day tribute to the dissonant loudness of In Utero-era grunge—think the freak-outs in "Scentless Apprentice"—with noise-rock feedback guitar and enormous drumming that very much intends to punch its way through your woofers. The Toronto three-piece also dips into reverb-happy posthardcore (think early Young Widows with a bit of Squirrel Bait), especially on unflinchingly heavy songs like "Knife in the Water" and "Wasted," where guitarist-vocalist Alex Edkins drapes his riffage behind the bludgeoning power of bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies. I've been repping these dudes ever since I caught wind of them late last year, and this album—though only nine songs, forgetting the interludes—is even harder and more driving than I'd hoped. I love Archers of Loaf too, but for the love of God, get to this show early. —Kevin Warwick Archers of Loaf headline.