Metz Live Review – Amps speak louder than words!

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Anyone can do punk. Thanks to punk songwriting ease, pop music witnessed a major shift and people who didn’t have a good voice, were not capable of playing technical solos or composing long tracks, had a chance to emerge. Hopefully, people who had something to say or people who were looking to find a way in order to express themselves through music, without necessarily being able to play the guitar, the bass or the drums on a professional level found a stage to communicate their creations with the rest of us. And that’s what matters in punk. That’s why METZ is punk rock dynamite.

It’s about passion, tension and effusion

METZ don’t necessarily play good. They play violent, primordial, noisy, pure punk rock. That’s the idea behind punk. It doesn’t matter if you play good, if you follow the rhythm or if you’re a good soloist. It’s about passion, tension and effusion. Their hardcore punk noise is highly reminischent of the sound of Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, the early Pixies, The Jesus Lizard and Public Image Ltd. But METZ’s music is hard to indemnify with a label. They play loud and when they are outside the studio they play even louder.

You could see them sweating, screaming, jumping, howling,

On Wednesday night they delivered a great show. Short, tight and noisy. Exactly like their music. Cassiopeia is the perfect venue for such concerts. A small basement with a good atmosphere and an even better sound. METZ went on stage at 9.30 and played for almost an hour. It sounds like they played a little amount of time, but oh man, it was more than enough. You could see them sweating, screaming, jumping, howling, giving the 100% of their soul in front of a crowd that was asking for even more at the end. Seeing them on their way to backstage it was obvious that all three of them were exhausted.

METZ falls into the category of bands that deliver great shows and their music sounds more appealing live than on any of their records. So if you like their records

To the delight of all, METZ performed songs from their new album “II” (” “The Swimmer,” “Acetate,” “Spit You Out,” “Nervous System,” “Kicking A Can Of Worms”) along with songs from their now-legendary first record. METZ falls into the category of bands that deliver great shows and their music sounds more appealing live than on any of their records. So if you like their records, next time please make sure that you see them live. It’s totally worth it!

As for the opening act, Heads, I won’t say much. I didn’t like them, even though quite a few people seemed to enjoy it. They gave me the impression of a band that is stuck with the early 90’s alt-rock, grunge kind of music, with no will to progress or deliver something new. There were hundreds of bands like Heads out there that played exactly the same music back in the 90s. I don’t get the point of a new band doing the same almost 25 years later…

Review by Anastasis Koutsogiannis.

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