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Strange Peace

Metz

Strange Peace

Third album from the Toronto post-hardcore trio

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
22/09/2017
US Release date
22/09/2017
  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    While the band challenge themselves, occasionally blindsiding fans too, there's also a reassuring aspect to the calm confidence of METZ here
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The band tracked 14 songs in four days, a quick pace that reflects a hard-won confidence earned over its preceding albums, 2015’s II and 2012’s Metz. Where the band barely relented on those albums, Strange Peace shifts its approach a bit
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  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On the band's third album, there is a constant search for a frequency that is thrilling and a commitment to it
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    More intense, more melodic, more brutal, more confident
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Strange Peace is more accessible than first impressions might suggest
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Metz have created an album that still largely has one foot rooted in the best of their past, but sees the other stretching forward into a future that is just as riotous. Long may it continue
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  7. 8.0 |   State

    A real sense of broadening the scope of their work, there’s more light to compliment the shade, and while never exactly sweet, there’s clear signs of a growth with this new record
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  8. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    What’s new about Strange Peace is a more empowered grasp of the art of songwriting
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  9. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    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
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  10. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Metz keep consistently ticking along and will always be a welcome addition to any year's new releases, regardless of whether they're the most original band in the world and Strange Peace does nothing to disavow that
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  11. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Strange Peace is about finding even a semblance of mental calm when everything seems awry
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Metz, whose fusion of sludgy guitar tone, boiled-down hardcore attitude and smartly sardonic lyricism, if not quite outright throwback, certainly has the quality of a studious tribute. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Strange Peace’ is a good record and METZ definitely benefit from Albini’s crisper and more muscular production; but if only they’d been able to tease out the tonal switches a bit more, then it could have been a really great one
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  14. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Strange Peace serves as a great primer for any new initiates to modern hardcore
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  15. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Strange Peace is an album with the rough edges still intact, just not coated in acid this time around and the result is a more accessible and listenable experience
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  16. 6.8 |   Earbuddy

    In proper METZ fashion, the Toronto three-piece blast us with noisy rock until we can't take it anymore
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  17. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The electro-funk mixed with the alternative dance and light tropicalia percussion ends up tasting like pizza and pie and popsicles all at the same time. It isn’t that this record is bad, its just meh
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