“Acid/Slow Decay” was initially released digitally on May 1st, 2020. It is now being physically released for the first time on March 12th via Three One G Records, limited to 1000 copies, with one side of the 7” vinyl being specially printed by The Black Moon Design, and featuring cover art by Jonathan Bauerle.
As explained on METZ’s Subpop artist bio, “‘Change is inevitable if you’re lucky,’ says guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins while talking about Atlas Vending, the fourth full-length album by Toronto’s METZ. ‘Our goal is to remain in flux, to grow in a natural and gradual way. We’ve always been wary to not overthink or intellectualize the music we love but also not satisfied until we’ve accomplished something that pushes us forward.’ The music made by Edkins and his compatriots Hayden Menzies (drums) and Chris Slorach (bass) has always been a little difficult to pin down. Their earliest recordings contained nods to the teeming energy of early ‘90s DIY hardcore, the aggravated angularities of This Heat, and the noisy riffing of AmRep’s quintessential guitar manglers, but there was never a moment where METZ sounded like they were paying tribute to the heroes of their youth. If anything, the sonic trajectory of their albums captured the journey of a band shedding influences and digging deeper into their fundamental core—steady propulsive drums, chest-thumping bass lines, bloody-fingered guitar riffs, the howling angst of our fading innocence.”
If you’re part of the group of people that continue to miss the noise of what (early) Nirvana was and all of those 90’s bands and you have not yet attended a live show from METZ or, disappointingly so, not even heard an album from them then you’re doing this listening to great music all fucking wrong. Go and get this 7” or the amazing Eraser 7” and enjoy.