Atlas Vending

METZ - Atlas Vending
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #201 / 710
User Score
Based on 159 ratings
2020 Ratings: #273
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October 9, 2020 / Release Date
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Noise Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

Ugly yet beautiful ‘Atlas Vending’ just illustrates how METZ are the masters of their craft.

80
Uncut

True to form, the Toronto band maintain a formidable degree of power and velocity throughout their fourth album.

80
Loud and Quiet

Atlas Landing, the noisy Canadians’ fourth album, delivers more of the same, in the best way possible. It’s loud, angry and ready for a few beers.

80
Kerrang!

Atlas Vending finds them pushing things forward, broadening their horizons to tremendous effect.

80
Upset

‘Atlas Vending’ is the sound of a band fully confident in itself and delivering their biggest and best work yet.

80
Exclaim!

METZ are an animal that's evolved to its benefit, with an appetite that's more refined and teeth that are still razor sharp.

80
DIY

A record that feels both raw and refined, this will shake you to the core.

80
Under The Radar

The expansiveness of the sonic palette on Atlas Vending just gives the band more room to paint outside the lines.

80
Spill Magazine

A beautifully crafted record that touches on all kinds of relevant themes and leads to some peaks that the band have never reached before.

80
AllMusic

Produced and recorded with a skill that's all the more effective for its unwillingness to intrude on the band, Atlas Vending is a dazzling display of form and content that shows listeners how math rock can be effectively weaponized.

80
Classic Rock
A pile-driving, hyper-cranked post-punk insistence defines the intensity of Toronto trio Metz's skewed dislocation of dream-pop soundscape and next-level hardcore. Well worth (re)discovering.
77
Beats Per Minute
There’s no point on Atlas Vending that feels wasted, no meandering or time-sucks; it’s just pure adrenaline rock expertly produced and delivered piping hot.
71
Spectrum Culture
The trio flexes a little, offering more complicated song structures and a palette that varies a little more.
70
Gigwise
With a more cavernous sound than previous albums, the fourth full-length from Toronto trio Metz is not a significant break from a track record of noise rock.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Atlas Vending ... is no carbon copy of any of Metz’s previous releases, and it’s in the moments where they legitimately push their sound forward where it’s at its strongest.

64
Pitchfork
The Toronto band’s pummeling sound still evokes white-knuckled, visceral disgust, but they struggle to take these songs somewhere more interesting than they started.
MasterCrackfox
84
METZ have stood up as my favorite modern noise rock outfit for nearly a decade now. The moment I was introduced to the act back in 2012 with the release of their debut self-titled record I was hooked for life, and Wasted is still one of my favorite tracks of that entire decade. The trio have remained intact for the entirety of the groups decade long tenure, and although their previous two albums II and Strange Peace didn't quite live up to that debut, the group have never truly failed to ... read more
PipePanic
93
My brain is on fucking fire.

I had no idea what to expect going into this record. Like, literally none. Metz are a band that i’ve heard about for sure, with some of my favorite bands like Idles and Daughters praising their punchy noise rock sound from here to eternity. Hailing from Canada, these three guys have often been labeled as ‘noise, abrasive and punchy as hell’. And for those who know me, you know that those descriptions make me wetter than a motherfucker.

But, with ... read more
MickyT
76
While 'Atlas Vending' is a very good Noise Rock album from METZ that has some incredible tracks and instrumentation, it sounds so derivative of Daughters a lot of the time that it just leaves me wanting to go listen to some 'You Won't Get What You Want' or their self-titled instead.
SMTCubes
70
It's enjoyable, and I was rocking the entire time, but ultimately, there's not much memorable about this set of tracks. They're performed very well, but they're not very catchy, and it reminds me of a lot of music I've heard before- and I don't even listen to noise rock or much of anything like it. However, this is still very fun, and on those grounds and those grounds only, I feel like I'll return to this album. It's just not the most groundbreaking thing in the world.

Best tracks- Pulse, ... read more
Doofy
73
Split the difference between Fugazi and Daughters and you'll land end up with something close to Metz in 2020.
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Track List

  1. Pulse
  2. Blind Youth Industrial Park
  3. The Mirror
  4. No Ceiling
  5. Hail Taxi
  6. Draw Us In
  7. Sugar Pill
  8. Framed by the Comet's Tail
  9. Parasite
  10. A Boat to Drown In
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