Music: Metz

Metz’s latest album, its second full-length simply titled II, charges out the gates with “Acetate,” another raging blast of Hardcore from a band that shows no signs of turning down the volume or intensity anytime soon.

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Metz’s latest album, its second full-length simply titled II, charges out the gates with “Acetate,” another raging blast of Hardcore from a band that shows no signs of turning down the volume or intensity anytime soon. The Toronto trio hasn’t altered its fierce approach much since its 2012 self-titled debut. Kicking off II, frontman Alex Edkins immediately unspools the line, “She’s barely breathing,” as his corrosive guitar slashes through drummer Hayden Menzies’ furious pounding.

“I think whenever you put a guitar on and you crank up the volume, it just feels awesome,” Edkins recently told thequietus.com about the band’s thunderous sonic assault. “And I’ve always gotten that from live Punk music and Hardcore music or Noise music or whatever. That’s always been something that’s resonated with me. And we try to create that feeling for other people, that feeling when you first go and get introduced to this stuff.”

If anything, the new record’s 10 songs — nine, really, since “Zzyzx” is 36 seconds of filler — are even more aggressive and agitated than the debut’s offerings, which is saying something. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.


See Metz with Crosss and Viet Cong Tuesday at Woodward Theater. More info/tickets: woodwardtheater.com .

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