Sunday, January 27, 2013

METZ, live @ Six D.O.G.S (Athens, January 25, 2013)

Now that's what I call a great start to the year's live music agenda: 45 minutes of total sonic annihilation courtesy of Metz! The up-and-coming Canadian punk rock trio started its European tour this Friday in Athens with an explosive set featuring tracks from their ace self-titled record (one of our Top 20 albums of 2012) plus a couple of new ones.

As it is well documented on their debut album, Metz are capable of extreme levels of intensity but they somehow manage to take their sonic assault even further on stage, driving the noise capabilities of the guitar-bass-drums combination beyond its logical limits. What’s truly impressive though is that even when the music is driven to the brink of collapse, the band never loses control, forcing order to the chaos it is unleashing. A great show from start to finish from an amazing live band channeling the wild spirit of the '80s and '90s noise rock!

Here's Metz performing an extended version of "Wet Blanket", the track that closed their main set and one of the night's many highlights:

Metz - Wet Blanket, live @ Six D.O.G.S, Athens (Jan. 25, 2013)

Metz, live @ Six D.O.G.S

The show opened by local act Balzac Diva who prefer a more melodic approach to their music. Bass and keyboards play the most prominent role to their sound, creating an idiosyncratic, dark pop mix. The vocals are shared between bassist Vag and keyboardist Dana creating an interesting juxtaposition, with Dana bringing a sunny pop vibe to Vag's detached new wave tones. An appealing combination that has the potential to create intriguing sounds.

Balzac Diva, live @ Six D.O.G.S

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