Strange Peace
METZ - Strange Peace
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #213 / 669
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2017 Ratings: #250
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Royal Mountain, Sub Pop / Label
Noise Rock / Genres / Website
Your Review


While the band challenge themselves, occasionally blindsiding fans too ("Caterpillar" is a demo that only features Edkins), there's also a reassuring aspect to the calm confidence of METZ here, though they find themselves in a lost world.
A.V. Club

Metz could fall into the trap of making the same album over and over, but Strange Peace shows the band taking steps to subtly expand its sound.

The ultimate effect is a paradox: musical harmony which simulates mental and emotional disharmony. A strange peace, contentment found through discord.
It all sounds very METZ and, while the Toronto trio aren’t leaving the sounds of their past two albums behind, they are building on them. In relation to those records, ‘Strange Peace’ is more - more intense, more melodic, more brutal, more confident.

It's hard to imagine where METZ can go after pushing their sound and skills into the red zone as they have on Strange Peace, but with their third album, they've left no doubt that they're one of the most singularly powerful rock bands in North America, and you ignore them at your peril.

Alternative Press
On their fierce third album, METZ have ratcheted their cacophony up high enough and still have it be considered rock music.
The Line of Best Fit

With Strange Peace, Metz have created an album that still largely has one foot rooted in the best of their past, but sees the other stretching forward into a future that is just as riotous. Long may it continue.

It’s refreshing to know there are bands like METZ putting out such quality rage like the 11 songs on this most exceptionally enthralling hello for today’s youth to thrash along to with the same sense of reckless abandon their parents were able to extol as members of the Sub Pop Singles Club.

Imagine the difference between a high-resolution photo print of an explosion versus being close enough to the explosion that you start coughing-up dust. Strange Peace, with its slicker mix and mastering finish, invites you to savor its details, unlike previous work.

God Is in the TV

Strange Peace is an album with the rough edges still intact, just not coated in acid this time around and the result is a more accessible and listenable experience.

Northern Transmissions

Strange Peace is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t step far enough.

Loud and Quiet
Don’t get me wrong, ‘Strange Peace’ is a good record and METZ definitely benefit from Albini’s crisper and more muscular production; but if only they’d been able to tease out the tonal switches a bit more, then it could have been a really great one.
Under The Radar

Strange Peace delivers exactly what we've come to expect from METZ with a sprinkling of familiar influences.

No Ripcord

On Strange Peace, METZ are more accepting about the disorder that surrounds them.

Drowned in Sound

Metz keep consistently ticking along and will always be a welcome addition to any year's new releases, regardless of whether they're the most original band in the world and Strange Peace does nothing to disavow that.

Sep 14, 2017
The rambunctious rock on Strange Peace is surprisingly well-ordered and compelling. The vocals are more than a little reminiscent of Sex Pistols (i.e. Johnny Rotten), which works well in this context. I won't be surprised to see this rated quite well, probably making a lot of year end lists to boot.

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Jan 29, 2018
Favorite Tracks:
Drained Lake
Jan 19, 2018
Sep 23, 2017
I could see where Metz was going in the first two tracks, but after that, this album fell significantly quality-wise. Nothing all that interesting is presented here, and this album is just a very generic noise rock album that does not bring anything too significant or compelling to the table. Those who are desperate for some noise rock might like this album.
Sep 22, 2017
coiled and dangerous, just like the cover art. a bagful of bangers.
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Added on: July 11, 2017