NEWS : FRI, SEP 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

So Much METZ Action

METZ made their return to Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday, September 11th.  The band delivered incredible performances of II highlights “The Swimmer” and “Spit You Out,” filmed live at FYF Fest from Los Angeles.  

The band’s extensive headlining (and earsplitting) world tour on behalf of II is currently storming through Europe and ends November 28th-29th in Brighton, UK at the Mutation’s Festival weekender.  Hardly Art recording artists Protomartyr join METZ as direct support on certain dates.  (see below)

METZ II has earned “Albums of the Year (so far)” notices from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The AV Club, SPIN, Treble, and more. II also scored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.

At radio, II peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 chart. The album also saw support with FMQB Alternative Specialty reporters, peaking at #1 on the albums chart, and its lead-off track “Acetate” at #2 on the singles chart.

On a related note, you can also watch METZ’s amazing KEXP in-studio performance, filmed August 4th while on a tour stop in Seattle. The live session includes II tracks “Wait in Line,” “The Swimmer,” “Spit You Out,” and “Acetate.”

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METZ II is currently available on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and we encourage you to purchase it in all your favorite formats via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

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What do “They” say about METZ II?  Quite a lot, actually:

“Metz colors outside the lines — obliterates them, really.”  - New York Times

“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.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
“These mild-looking Canadians revive the golden age of early Nirvana and ’90s grunge with 10 walloping noise-rockers—but there are surprising hooks amid all the Sturm und Drang.”  [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
“The record is all killer, no filler.” - [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -AV Club
II is looser and fuzzier than its predecessor… one of 2015’s standout records.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET
“This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
“Creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music
“Album of the Week” - Stereogum
“Hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.” [4/5]- Alternative Press 
II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation. But because the trio is willing to explore different avenues, there’s more corners to get lost in.” [8/10] - SPIN
“Album of the Week” - Treble
“A direct gut-punching affair.” [5/5] - DIY

“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger - in many ways ‘II’ is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud & Quiet

“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“Raucous, filthy and hummable in equal measure.” [8/10] - Rock Sound

“A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk…Awesome.” [4/5] - Time Out London

II is what Metz do best: brazenly truculent hardcore.” - The Guardian

“Few bands anywhere do this sort of thing this well.” - The Quietus

“With II, Metz have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line of Best Fit 

“This album has achieved a seemingly impossible feat by sounding even more aggressive than the one that preceded it.” [8/10] - The 405

“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.” [8/10] -Drowned in Sound

II almost feels like Metz wanted to push the boundaries to see just how dark and dirty they could play while still carrying a tune and continuing to draw listeners in with unconventionally gripping arrangements - and good on them, they pulled it off!” [10/10] -Louder Than War

Tour Dates

Sep. 11 - Rome, IT - INIT
Sep. 12 - Milan, IT - Lo Fi Club
Sep. 14 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Club
Sep. 15 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Sep. 17 - Toulouse, FR - le Metronum
Sep. 19 - Madrid, ES - Sala Lemon
Sep. 20 - Porto, PT - Hard Club/Amplifest
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 24 - Relms, FR - Festival Elektricity
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Sep. 26 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas ^
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana ^
Oct. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje ^
Oct. 23 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^
Oct. 24 - Zwolle, NL - Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie ^
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef ^
Oct. 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix ^
Oct. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds ^
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ** ^
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Scala  **
Nov. 03 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece **
Nov. 04 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control **
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo **
Nov. 06 - Dublin, IR - Whelans
Nov. 18 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 21 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Nov. 29 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival
** w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Crows

For ticket links, click here.

Posted by Rachel White