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METZ announce new album, METZ II, premiere “Acetate” — listen

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Canadian post-punk outfit METZ are returning with a new album, METZ II, on May 5th via Sub Pop. The follow-up to their 2012 self-titled debut was written and recorded last year after the band spent nearly 20-plus months touring.

According to a press release, the 10-track effort promises to be “much heavier, darker, and sloppier,” its lyrical tone stemming “from a year of loss and doubt, of contemplating [the band’s] relationships with death and the planet.”

Frontman Alex Edkins further explained, saying, “I consider myself a pretty massive pessimist, but a pessimist who knows how lucky he is. A lot of things in everyday life drive me crazy: how we relate to each other; how politics, media, technology, money and medication influence our lives. This band, in a lot of ways, is an outlet.”

Our first look at the new LP comes courtesy of “Acetate”. Rife with unforgiving riffs and Edkins’ David Yow-like screech, the noise rock monster might just be METZ’s most aggressive undertaking to date. Check it out below via its pancake-filled visual created by Travis Millard, followed by the album artwork and tracklist.

METZ II Artwork:

Metz - Metz II  - album

METZ II Tracklist:
01. Acetate
02. The Swimmer
03. Spit You Out
04. Zzyzx
05. IOU
06. Landfill
07. Nervous System
08. Wait in Line
09. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms

In support of the LP, METZ have lined up a lengthy tour across North America and Europe, including festival appearances at South By Southwest and Best Kept Secret Festival and dates alongside Lightning Bolt and FIDLAR. Consult their full itinerary.

METZ 2015 Tour Dates:
02/21 – Pasadena, CA @ Air & Style Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)
02/28 – Mexico City, MX @ NRMAL Festival
03/03 – London, UK @ 100 Club
03/05 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
03/16-20 – Austin, TX @ South By Southwest
04/15 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place ^
04/16 – Columbus, OH @ Beachland Ballroom ^
04/18 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch ^
05/01-02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace &
05/08 – Austin, TX @ Levitation 2015
05/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/11 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre *
05/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
05/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Work Play *
05/14 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
05/19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird *
05/20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/21-22 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
05/23 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
05/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
05/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
05/28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
05/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
05/30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
06/16 – London, UK @ Underworld
06/17 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
06/19 – Hilvareenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/20 – Scheesel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/22 – Leipzig, DE @ Taubchenthal
06/24 – Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
06/25 – Cologne, DE @ MTC
06/24-26 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival

^ = w/ Lightning Bolt
* = w/ FIDLAR
& = w/ Protomarytr

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