ALBUM OF THE MONTH – Power Trio METZ With ‘LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE’

30 August 2021

Band: METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Who: Titan noise junks based in Toronto, Canada.
Active: Since 2008 / 4 studio albums so far

New album: LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Released: 4 August 2021
Order info: here

The band: “We were determined to find a way within the confines of the pandemic
to create a live experience that felt dynamic and let us connect with you all. So we
took to the stage in October 2020 at the Opera House in Toronto, a hometown favorite
independent venue, to livestream a performance of Atlas Vending in its entirety.”

The live performance (2020 album Atlas Vending and two older tracks) is available on all digital service providers, with bundles at Bandcamp and Sub Pop that include also a film of the of the full concert.

Turn Up The Volume: To be honest, most live albums do not reflect what artists accomplish on a podium. Its hard to capture the live sound on a record. But this one is remarkably different. As I saw these wall-of-havoc crusaders multiple times, I know what they’re capable of. From the first chord on, the trio explodes as if they’re on a kamikaze mission.

They develop a slash and trash amount of illegal decibels. You actually feel the noise physically. Fact! Several times I really thought that frontman Alex Edkins would run out of oxygen. This live record is what you can expect from these noise titans when they hit the stage. Their sound is bigger than the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (before the fire).

ALBUM OF AUGUST 2021

Alert your neighbors before you press play…


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METZ: FacebookAll Tour Dates 2021-2022

(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume)

Canadian Noise Titans METZ Explode On New ‘LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE’ Album

6 August 2021

Band: METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Who: A trio of noise titans based in Toronto. They spent the majority of their 11-year tenure criss-crossing the globe and bringing their unparalleled energy directly to the people. The release of their stunning 4th LP Atlas Vending last year saw the band
pushing into new sonic territory while retaining their trademark aural maelstrom.

New album: LIVE AT THE OPERA HOUSE
Released: 4 August 2021
Order info: here

The band: “We were determined to find a way within the confines of the pandemic
to create a live experience that felt dynamic and let us connect with you all. So we
took to the stage in October 2020 at the Opera House in Toronto, a hometown favorite
independent venue, to livestream a performance of Atlas Vending in its entirety.”

The live performance (including two older tracks) is available on all digital service providers, with bundles at Bandcamp and Sub Pop that include also the full
concert film.

You can also order the album on tricolor black/white/oxblood vinyl on Bandcamp
and in our web stores. The LP includes a download of the film and is limited to 1,000 copies.

A taster (opening track Pulse) from the record/film…

Turn Up The Volume: To be honest, most live albums do not reflect what the artist(s) accomplish on a podium. This one is remarkably different. As I saw these wall-of-havoc crusaders multiple times, I know what they’re capable of. From the first chord on, the trio explodes as if they’re on a kamikaze mission.

They develop a slash and trash amount of illegal decibels. You actually feel the noise physically. Fact! Several times I really thought that frontman Alex Edkins would run out of oxygen. This live record reflects perfectly what you can expect when the noise titans hit the stage. They deserve the Olympic gold medal for playing till they drop. Hell Metz Yeah!

Stream/buy full album here…


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METZ: FacebookAll Tour Dates 2021-2022

(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume)

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

Band: MODEL CHILD (Los Angeles)
Who: Outspoken lone ranger from Los Angeles, California
Track: PILOT
TUTV says 2 minutes of schizophrenic rage, furious anger and endless
humanitarian struggle. Fuck the greedy rich! Fuck the military industry!
FUCK WAR!

“Blood is raining gold across the room /
Million dollar chains tied to your tomb.”

Band: METZ
Who: Premier shock rock trio from Toronto, Canada
Newest album: ATLAS VENDING – 4th LP
Track: SUGAR PILLL – new video clip

TUTV says: One of those vintage brain-breaking Metz
hammer blows sounding like a fucked-up hot rod on the run.

Press play

Band: PINKSHIFT (Baltimore, US)
Who: Fired-up grunge punks driven by tons of energy and grit
New EP: SACCHARINE – out today – buy here
Lead-single: MARS

TUTV says: This is a high-powered and barbed-wire punch-punk cannonball
celebrating hope and the band itself. The combination of rip-roaring-riff mania,
frenetic drum whacks, vocal Courtney Love swagger and a hectic chorus is what
you need to fight your panic lockdown attacks.


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Artist: ALAN VEGA
Who: The late vocalist of legendary
noise-exploring duo Suicide
New album: Mutator – out 23 April
Track: NIKE SOLDIER

TUTV says: Creepy groove. Haunting vibe. Scary story.

Let’s roll

Band: THE BODY (Portland, Orgeon)
Who: American experimental metal duo
formed in 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island.
New Album: I’VE SEEN ALL I NEED TO SEE
Track: A PAIN OF KNOWING

TUTV says: Expect a pitch-dark nightmare. You’re trapped in the sick mind
of a psycho. You want to get out, but you don’t know how. Frightening!

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Sound Barrier-Breaking Electric-Chair Experience – ‘ATLAS VENDING’ By Toronto Turbo METZ Is Out Now!

13 October 2020

Band: METZ
Who: Razor-edged noise rock trio out of Toronto

Album: ATLAS VENDING – fourth LP
Released: 9 October 2020

Rough Trade label: “With ‘Atlas Vending’, Metz not only continues to push their music
into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth. Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety, addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything behind, each of Atlas Vending’s ten songs offer a snapshot of today’s modern condition and together form a musical and narrative whole.”

Alex Edkins (frontman/guitarist): “I think there’s a beauty to the simplistic style, and also
the physical and aggressive style we have and I don’t need us to make Kid A to make us feel like we’re progressing. Atlas Vending is a progression for me, and we don’t need to jump the gun in order to please other people.”
– Full interview with Guitar World here.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Kerrang! wrote: “METZ have established themselves as 21st Century standard-bearers for a particular variety of clatter, steeped in the sort of noise-rock which first emerged from the U.S. underground in the late 1980s. Each of their previous three albums have proven invigorating examples of their punishing aesthetic, but Atlas Vending finds them pushing things forward, broadening their horizons to tremendous effect.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: “Lock yourself up in isolation for 40 minutes in a soundproof panic room and use this earthquake album to exorcise all your viral 2020 demons without being arrested by the police for pulverizing the Richter Scale. Your spirit, your mind, and your soul will feel totally liberated. Trust me, this electric-chair experience will set you free. I know, I live in that room.”

Singles/clips: Blind Youth Industrial Park / Hail Taxi / A Boat To Drawn In

– BLIND YOUTH INDUSTRIAL PARK –

– HAIL TAXI –

– A BOAT TO DROWN IN –

Stream/buy album here…


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METZ: Facebook


Buy here

 

Richter Scale Collapsed – Hear New Steamroller ‘BLIND YOUTH INDUSTRIAL PARK’ By METZ

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 September 2020

Toronto‘s hot rod rockers METZ unleash their fourth longplayer ATLAS VENDING
on 9 October via Sub Pop records. More info and pre-order facilities here.

Previous earthquake singles A Boat To Drawn In and Hail Taxi (listen below)
already exceeded the legal decibel standard and third cut BLIND YOUTH INDUSTRIAL PARK is also a clamorous knockout you need a police permit for to play it when your neighbors are at home.

Frontman Alex Edkins blazes again as if it was his last recording ever. You can feel
his anger physically. “I know exactly what you’re thinking/ I know exactly who you are.”
Add their vintage riff-roaring-rage and mad drum hit and run beats and what you
get is a classic Metz uppercut.

Alert your neighbors before you press play…

Also on Spotify

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Previous singles…

– HAIL TAXI –

– A BOAT TO DRAWN IN –

METZ: Facebook

New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here

Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For AUGUST 2020…

This past month’s best…

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Fifteen Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A fervent fusion of robust rippers and striking strokes.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team.

‘Vote That Fucker Out‘ by WRECKLESS ERIC and AMY RIGBY (UK/US)
An anger-fueled uppercut, the whole wide world should scream along. A firm middle-finger knockout. Let’s get together and shout at the top of our lungs until the elections
in November. Exit Trump is the world-saving goal, ladies and gents! Let’s act! Let’s sing…

‘A Hero’s Death’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Ireland)
Rollicking title track from the Irish post-punk misfits’ second album.
An unquestionable contender for longplayer of this science-fiction-like 2020.

‘Hail Taxi’ by METZ (Canada)
These Canadians deafening noiseniks have slash and trash chromosomes in their DNA. Don’t even try to resist this wall-balls-breaker, just surrender. New LP Atlas Vending arrives 9th October.

‘Fixer Upper’ by YARD ACT (Leeds, UK)
A mind-twisting crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky as bloody hell banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs and turn up the decibels on for once. Cuts like a Swiss knife…

‘Hold My Hand’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles)
Gloriously catchy, peppery and poppy with a cool vintage organ, shake and swing beats, 60s garage glow and Bonnie Bloomberg‘s peek-a-boo vocals. “Love is just like the ocean.

‘You Say’ by MADAME SO (Paris/London)
A spunky standout. A warning message for all hostile killjoys out there. Kicking off
with a powered guitar riff, soon followed by Madame So‘s vox hitting the roof with
the titanic You Say chorus. Smoking stuff, ladies and gents…

‘The Soul Singer’ by THE WATERBOYS (Scotland)
High-energy stroke! A horns fueled belter from amplified folk troubadour
Mike Scott and his band’s new – fourteenth – solid album Good Luck, Seeker.

‘Late At A Festival’ by BLUE STRAGGLERS (Sussex, UK)
Razorblade melodiousness drenched in a pool of kamikaze guitars, going forth and black like a roller coaster on the run. Blur‘s Britpop flair pumped up with tons of illegal decibels. Don’t come late at a festival with Blue Stragglers on the bill or they will find you and make you beg for mercy. You have been warned!…


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‘Trump’s Still In Washington’
by BROKEN SOCIAL CONTRACT (Washington, US)
A razor-sharp rant about that 24/7 idiot in the White House. One-man-band
Justin Donnelly delivers the fitting belter to ventilate our own fury. Play it loud,
play it on repeat, play it until a new real POTUS arrives in Washington.


‘Everybody Will Be Forgotten’
by FAST FRIENDS (Bay Area/Boston/Denmark)
This paranoia punk punch sounds like Weezer on dope, like Green Day kicking that
American Idiot in the face, like the mental result of a lockdown psychosis, like if there
is no tomorrow. Jump and yell along before it’s too late. Right now, right here…


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‘Forever’ by FOLK DEVILS (London)
Once a devoted indie rocker always a devoted indie rocker. Even are all these years you can hear and feel this band’s beating heart and feverish soul burning with strong-willed bravado and hungry desire. Dynamite sound, dynamite tune. Seems like Folk Devils are back forever despite the taste of life going wrong…


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‘My Faith Is Larger’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, US)
A hot-tempered sucker-slam triggering every single nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. If you’re still mourning the loss of Rage Against The Machine, dry your eyes, rise from your bed, and go mental to Saving Jackie. Now!…

‘Burn’ by TEROUZ (Montreal)
This stunner wouldn’t be out if place on a Sisters Of Mercy album, while Terouz’s voice balances between Interpol‘s maestro Paul Banks and Editors‘ frontman Tom Smith.
Get up, stand up, and pirouette yourself dizzy…


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‘Dirty Little Sinner’ by REGENT (Southampton)
This cracker blends Oasis‘ northern flair and Blur‘s power-pop catchiness. A steaming kinetic stomper to play to the max on your stereo so the neighbours can jump around
like doped monkeys too when the boiling chorus kicks in. Pump your fists in the air…

‘It’s OK To Bleed’ by HEAVY SALAD (Manchester, UK)
A trippy, mantra-like chant that will set your free. Light a joint, steal your grandparents’ hippie outfits and join Heavy Salad up there, eight miles high and dream of better times…

All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Five Fervent Firecrackers – STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND…

21 August / 23 August 2020…

Five new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

1. ‘Hail Taxi’ by METZ
These Canadians have slash and trash chromosomes in their DNA. Their wall-of-balls-crushing racket is massive. New, fourth longplayer Atlas Vending out 9th October.

2. ‘Ohms’ by DEFTONES
The title track from new album OHMS, out 25 September. A robust mid-tempo slam. “We’ve never just been a metal band, we’ve never just been an alternative band, we’ve always just been us.” says frontman Chino Moreno in an interview with NME.

3. ‘Vasto’ by CABARET VOLTAIRE
Hypnotic, intimidating, and ongoing bleeps and beeps trip. Lead-single
from new album Shadow Of Fear, first in 26 years. Out 20 November.

4. ‘Nightmares’ by ALICE GLASS
A furious electro sledgehammer by former Crystal Castles voice. “If this was
ever a part of me/ Then I’ll rip it out/ You’re not a part of me/ Cause I don’t want it.”

5. ‘If I Had My Way’ by OSEES
24/7 garage rock junk John Dwyer releases a new longplayer called Protean Threat
with Osees one of his many outfits. This new cut is a buzzing 60s prog rock stroke. Yeah!…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Slash And Trash Noise Chromosomes In Their DNA – Listen Here To Brainbreaker ‘HAIL TAXI’ By METZ

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

19 August 2020


(pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Toronto‘s noise-rock bulldozer METZ has definitely slash and trash noise chromosomes
in their DNA. Noise-rock storms through their veins with an uncontrollable speed. Their
new album, titled ATLAS VENDING, the band’s fourth LP will awake this troubled planet
on 9 October via Sub Pop records. More info and pre-order facilities here.

So far they made our ears tremble with lead single ‘A Boat To Drawn In‘ (video below).
And here’s another brutal jackhammer. HAIL TAXI “is about looking back. The lyrics deal
with the idea of reconciling or coming to terms with who you were and who you’ve become”
says frontman Alex Edkins.

‘Hail Taxi’ is a vintage Metz earth-quake with a ruthless tsunami of ear-splitting
riffs and sledgehammer drum blows. A volcanic ebullition battering forth and back
with a yawping screech-along chorus in the heated middle. At times, you really expect
that Edkins‘s voice will crash with annihilating force. I’m sure the unbridled wall-of-balls-crushing-sound at play here violates all decibel laws. This could be the sonic vaccine to destroy that nasty coronavirus.

Listen and watch (video by Director A.F. Cortés)…

Previously shared lead-single here…

– A BOAT TO DROWN IN –

METZ: Facebook



New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here

Simply The Best – TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Tracks For JULY 2020…

This past month’s best…

Fifteen Knockout Tracks hitting Turn Up The Volume‘s speakers this past month!
A steamy melting pot of isolation corkers and lockdown cuts. Don’t worry, be happy!

– She Talks To Angels – BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Feat. ANJELA PICCARD (Norway)
A wall-of-industrial-symphony. Big tune, big sound, big vox, big performance. Stunning!
At least as good as the original by Southern Harmony rockers The Black Crowes.

– Incinerate – PHOSPHENE (Portland, Oregon, US)
Twinkling guitars, pulsating drums, radiant melodiousness, and bright vocals bringing Cocteau Twins‘ wonderful singer Elisabeth Fraser. Glimmering shoegaze sparks. From
their excellent longplayer Lotus Eaters.


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– Hear Me Now – DJ DOVE and ROWETTA (UK)
#Selfishness is toxic #Change is desperately needed #LetUsDance is the message #DJDove is the techno wizard #Rowetta is the sky-high soul voice #Beach-party-tune #IbizaRules

– Born To Run – by RICH GIRLS (NYC)
For all those tramps who were born in the USA, go and dance in the dark before
you need to run for that sickly narcissistic American idiot. The Boss for president!


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– Rainbow Records – OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, California)
Glorious guitar pop humdinger getting your aural attention instantly with a repetitive
riff sticking as first-class glue. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Affecting voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.


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– Televised Mind – FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Rollicking Krautrock-like jam with charismatic frontman Grian Chatten‘s parlando
vocals rattling on and on and on. From the brand new top album A Hero’s Death.

– A Boat To Drawn In – METZ (Canada)
Halfway this storming steamroller turns into a trance-like juggernaut driven by
boisterous drum kicks and raucous guitars. Hypnotic and mind-boggling. It’s
Metz’s deafening sound of hope. New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October.

– Down The Stairs – SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia, US)
A blistering jackhammer doing your head in from the explosive get-go. A thunder and lighting corker that rages like a Formula One race car at a dangerous speed. Noise-tastic!

– My Faith Is Larger – SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Move over RATM for this shattering, striking slam dunk with the merciless power
of a bone-crushing iron ball. A hot-tempered sucker-punch triggering every single
nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. Hell yeah!

– Unstoppable – MIESHA & THE SPANKS (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
A rumbling crackerjack rolling from the kick-off. A sickly sticky stunner to jump along, scream along and sweat along. Crackling guitars, hammering drum kicks and spicy vocals is what you get, hopping like a kangaroo on drugs is what you should do. Isolation firework to pump up your mood and body temperature. C’mon!


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– Hetty O’Hara Confidential – ELVIS COSTELLO (UK)
The great imperishable songsmith still knows how to surprise.
This sonic jim-dandy, a sort of beatbox banger says it all. Boom boom.

– Keep Your Eyes Peeled – by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibrations, Sisters Of Mercy‘s catchy gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir melodies, and what you get is a trip to
a tenebrous underground basement where Ultra Sunn‘s Sam Huge and Gaelle Souflet
are the DJ’s. Dance like it’s 1999 all over again.


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– Jackie – HYPERSPACE (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
Riff extravaganza / Electrical lobotomy / Gabba Gabba Hey /
High-voltage power pop / Alive and ticking / Punktastic!


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– A Hymn – IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A slow-moving ominous groove that feels like it will explode any second, but doesn’t. Like a fierce volcano about to spew lava but… doesn’t! The tension is almost unbearable. Another topnotch stroke! Idles keep on delivering soul-stirring thrills.

– You Are Just Not Alone – by BLACK MOON BOOK (Chicago, US)
A tender and romantic ballad with a Nils Lofgren-like, starry-eyed voice as the most important instrument in the middle. You can file this comforting reverie next to
Kurt Vile and The National. Relax, sit down, and enjoy…

All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…