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Two Nights of Metz and Their New Album This Week in New York City

October 3rd, 2017

Alex Edkins (vocals and guitar), Chris Slorach (bass) and Hayden Menzies (drums) formed the fuzz-laden noise-rock punk trio Metz almost 10 years ago in Toronto. Their self-titled debut album (stream it below) arrived on Sub Pop in 2012. Sure, it was loud, but the A.V. Club proclaimed, “For all it’s abrasion and denatured noise, Metz isn’t a statement of nihilism or finality; it’s a bright, exploratory scalpel making the first of hopefully many incisions.” Fortunately, Metz (above, their video for “Acetate”) have indeed made more incisions. Their sophomore LP, the aptly named II (stream it below), came out in 2015 and has a clearer sound. Per Drowned in Sound, “There’s more space, and a better sense of dynamics as well. It’s a subtle change (if anything about Metz can be said to be subtle) but there’s a greater feel of depth here, the songs have more interesting journeys….” And furthermore: “Beautifully brutal weirdo punk.”

Their third full-length, Stranger Peace (stream it below), recorded with acclaimed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Pixies), came out just two weeks ago to some rave reviews. “The Toronto-based trio Metz have incorporated harmony into their heavy sound on their third full-length. They shift away from all-out abrasion, adding color to their eruptions,” according to Pitchfork. “To be clear, Metz haven’t turned into a pop band. They’ve actually done the opposite, incorporating harmony without going soft. The fact that so few heavy bands have been able to pull that off attests to how difficult it is. With Strange Peace, Metz make it sound easy.” Out on the road, they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday and The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Two Brooklyn acts—a duo, Uniform, and a trio, Bambara—open both shows.


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Ceremony Lead a Stacked Bill Tonight at The Bowery Ballroom

July 1st, 2015

Ross Farrar (vocals), Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Jake Casarotti (drums), Justin Davis (bass) and Andy Nelson (guitar) formed their band, Ceremony, almost a decade ago in Sonoma County, Calif., about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Thanks to their loud hardcore-punk sound, they were immediately compared to Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and Dillinger Escape Plan, with the arrival of their 13-song, 13-minute debut LP, the aggressive Violence Violence (stream it below), in 2006. Over the years, Ceremony (above, their video for “The Separation” and “The Understanding”) have drifted toward a more melodic, post-punk sound, wholly evident on their fifth full-length, The L-Shaped Man (ceremony), which came out in May. The A.V. Club opined, “Ceremony use a broken relationship to break new ground.” And in a glowing review, Paste mentioned “a simmering post-punk sound that evokes the best of the genre’s late ’70s/early ’80s heyday,” and said, “The L-Shaped Man is one of the boldest moves this California quintet has ever taken.” The band is currently out on the road, and you can see them, alongside Pity Sex, Tony Molina and Uniform, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.