Metz, Oozing Wound | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Metz, Oozing Wound Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Wed., May 20, 9 p.m. 2015

On their 2012 self-titled debut Toronto’s Metz forged an explosive, red-hot fusion of 90s grunge and midwestern noise rock, streamlining it to form a muscular, well-oiled punk-rock machine. The single complaint I had with the trio was that they had a tendency to fall into a rut: many of the songs on Metz sound nearly identical, riding similar pushy rhythms and crunchy guitar tones. So while I knew that the brand-new II (Sub Pop) was going to be good, I feared that it would just revisit that blueprint. But within seconds of pressing play, it became clear to me that this record is anything but the same old. The elements that made Metz great are back, but magnified—the band is meaner, bigger, and more unhinged. Songs plummet into noisy dirges, plow forward via punk rocket propulsion, and degrade into harsh squalls. Powerhouse drummer Hayden Menzies pile-drives his kit as his monstrous stomp pummels miles ahead of the beat, and singer-guitarist Alex Edkins is a man possessed, with screams towering over walls of feedback. II is a massive, exciting jaunt, and will be a hard punk album to top this year. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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