Chaps Blue Ribbon, contributor
METZ have not lost their taste for smashing out a heavy groove, riding the fuck out of it, then jumping immediately into the next one. Strange Peace is loud, noisy, angular post-punk rock from our friends in the Great White North (Canada). It’s almost like every member of this three piece band is playing percussion.
The first track is good but my favorites are “Drained Lake,” “Mr. Plague,” and “Common Trash.” METZ even has a little bit of a Nirvana sound, but that may be because this album was recorded by Steve Albini, who also recorded In Utero.
If you like Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu, or Fugazi you will enjoy METZ. If you are in your 20’s, do yourself a favor and stop listening to the indie-folk bullshit you think is so meaningful and listen to METZ. The band is not pandering to the hipster sensibilities of the masses.
Rating: 9 out of 12 cans of PBR!