METZ - II
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #168 / 836
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2015 Ratings: #246
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY

Despite the demands of being such an intense experience Metz’s greatest trick might be in creating an album that can offers something for everyone who’s interested in torturing their speakers.

85
The Line of Best Fit

The overriding aesthetic is one of immediacy and turbo-fuelled levels of energy accompanied by buzz saw guitars, fuzzed up bass and steamroller drums. 

80
The 405

II does not attempt to reinvent the wheel, but instead just straps rockets onto both sides and lets it fly. And boy, how high it goes.

80
The Skinny

Social anxiety has rarely sounded this thrilling.

80
NME

The Canadian trio attack with a more varied array of instrumentation, including synths, tape loops and samples of found sounds, but don’t expect subtle intricacy – ‘II’ is heavier, darker and more abrasive than ‘Metz’.

80
PopMatters

Their atypical hardcore weaves between math rock precision and dirty grunge riffs, conflicted about both embracing simple pleasures and getting mired in existential angst, and II is the internal fight sprung to searing, spectacular life.

80
AllMusic

There's something genuinely artful in the way Metz has constructed II, and the band's apparent smarts don't dull the effect of this music, but instead make it even more dangerous, like a serial killer with a medical degree.

80
Drowned in Sound
The whole record is a dizzy, punk joy- taking itself far less seriously than most proper hardcore bands, whilst sounding twice as aggressive as any of them, and with better tunes.
80
Loud and Quiet
Bigger, faster, louder, stronger – in many ways ‘II’ is everything the band’s second record ought to be.
80
Spin

It’s common for bands bent on destruction to dial things back as they move ahead, but METZ has no such designs. II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation.

80
Exclaim!

II possesses the thrills of the original but boasts a few new subtle differences to mark itself as a worthy sequel.

80
Alternative Press

II hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.

75
Consequence of Sound

Listening to METZ II is an overwhelming experience. It may take a few listens to soak in all the vitriol and venom, but it’s worth the effort.

75
A.V. Club
If that self-titled first outing was like picking at a scab, Metz’s second effort is equivalent to ripping off a Band-Aid. Either way, it’s still music to bleed to.
70
No Ripcord

It’s undeniable that for whatever lack of originality one could argue, II unquestionably equals its predecessor in potency and vigor in just about every way, and will still be one of the most ferocious and laser-focused rock records you’re likely to hear all year.

70
Rolling Stone
The record twitches with the flying-off-the-rails urgency of the band's live shows as Metz sandblasts the industrial precision of their first album into a nastier, more shambolic attack.
67
Pitchfork

By sticking so closely to the script laid out by their debut, II is the one thing punk rock should never be: careful.

kappachino
79
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EMR
42
The canadian trio returns with their loudest and most aggressive work to date. II is a intense, short burst of pure noise-rock for twisting speakers and brave headphones. There is no denial that the band produced some of the most pummeling and relentless music of the year, even though there is inevitably little more than that in the album. Occasional good riffs burst through with fuzz and distortion, both on guitar and bass, as the percussion and the vocals eventually end up drowned on the mix. ... read more
sonicyouth
80
Yes, nothing new here, but I can't deny that fact that I was really enjoying what I was hearing. This album really is one of the stronger noise rock/grunge(?) albums to have come out as of recent. I hope the do something new for their next album though.

Favorite Tracks: Acetate, Swimmer, Spit You Out, Nervous System, Kicking a Can of Worms
Lovdahl
71
Good, but not great. Which isn't a terrible thing. It's nice to have 90's-sounding grungy music in 2015, even if it's rather derivative.
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Track List

  1. Acetate
  2. The Swimmer
  3. Spit You Out
  4. Zzyzx
  5. IOU
  6. Landfill
  7. Nervous System
  8. Wait in Line 
  9. Eyes Peeled
  10. Kicking a Can of Worms
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Added on: February 17, 2015