Metz - "Mess Of Wires" (Sub Pop/Royal Mountain): Strange Peace, the new album from high-decibel demons Metz, will be released on Sept. 22, and it is now being streamed in its entirety on CBC Music and NPR Music.
It confirms that the Toronto combo remains masters of the skill of infusing heavy post-punk guitar tracks with a strong melodic core. For proof, check out the album's opening cut, "Mess Of Wires."
Guitarist/singer Alex Edkins chants his vocals atop brutalising guitar riffs and pummelling percussion, with the results sounding somewhat akin to Killing Joke at its best.
NPR Music’s Jason Heller says of Strange Peace, “Recorded with Shellac's mastermind Steve Albini, this is an album that doesn't need to be explicitly political to make a statement about our current chaotic climate."
Strange Peace is the group's third album. The 2012 eponymous debut made the Polaris Prize shortlist the following year.
The hard-touring combo has announced international dates beginning with a live radio performance on KEXP and an in-store show in Seattle on Sept. 20, followed by 15 North American shows that include two dates at Toronto's Lee's Palace (Sept. 29-30). one at La Sala Rosa in Montreal on Oct. 8, and a Halifax Pop Explosion gig at The Marquee on Oct. 18. Extensive European touring runs Nov. 2-15, followed by a Dec. 7 Seattle show and a Dec. 8 gig at Vancouver's Cobalt.