Music Review

METZ – Up on Gravity Hill

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By – Jason Hamric

If you like Hot Snakes, Pissed Jeans, No Age, Protomartyr, Nothing, Sonic Youth

Metz’s returning with “Up On Gravity Hill” after four long years isn’t just a comeback – it’s a full-blown evolution witnessed. From the get-go, the album grabs you by the ears and refuses to let go. The opening track, “No Reservation/Love Comes,” clocks in at a solid six minutes of pure sonic intensity. It’s not just a song; it’s a statement, an invitation into the wild, noisy world that Metz has built. Following the sonic onslaught of the opener, “Glass Eye” emerges as a standout track. It’s angry, it’s angular, and it’s everything you love about Metz, but with a deeper, more emotionally charged core. Alex Edkins, the band’s vocalist, truly shines here, exploring new vocal territories with each passing verse. Then comes “Entwined (Street Light Buzz),” the first single that caught my attention. It’s catchy as hell, with thrashing drums and a chorus that sticks in your head for days. You can hear echoes of bands like Drive Like Jehu in the dissonant guitar lines and the relentless energy of the track. Metz isn’t afraid to experiment here, diving into trance-like rhythms and repetitive vocal phrases that keep you hooked from start to finish. As the album progresses, we’re treated to more creative highs like “Superior Mirage,” with its industrial intro that sets the stage for what’s to come. “Wound Tight” follows suit, bursting with surprising riffs and timing changes that add depth and dimension to the album.”Never Still Again” hits you like a ton of bricks, with its dissonant soundscapes and constant evolution. It’s a track that refuses to stay in one place for too long, constantly shifting and growing into something bigger and more concise. But it’s “Light Your Way Home” that steals the show. It’s dreamy, it’s dynamic, and it’s unlike anything Metz has ever done before. From soaring melodies to crushing guitar tones, soft-spoken vocals to industrial drum sounds, this track has it all. It’s a gorgeous wall of noise that feels both psychedelic and grounded in reality, a true testament to Metz’s growth and evolution as a band.

For devoted fans, the evolution of Metz’s sound may come as a shock at first. Yet, as they absorb the album’s rich sounds, they will find themselves drawn back time and time again.  “Up On Gravity Hill” is more than just an album—it is a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and redefine what is possible. And in that realization, lies its true beauty.

Written by: jamric

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