When I bought tickets to see METZ at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, I wasn’t sure what to expect, aside from moshing and a whole lot of head banging. The show proved to be more than that, but not much. I feel as though punk shows are more enjoyable if you’re in the midst of the mosh pit.
Their self-titled debut album quickly launched the trio of Toronto natives to prominence thanks to its mind numbing rawness.
The sound was primal and loud, and I almost longed to be in the midst of the pit at the front – almost. But despite my unwillingness to throw myself into the mosh pit, those in the thick of it seemed to feed off of the trios’ energy and ferocity. There were several crowd surfers and a particularly expert stage diver.
They performed some new material, which fit well with their current roster of songs, but also showed more precision and coherency.
Overall the performance was impressive, but I couldn’t help but wonder whether anyone has ever died from head banging too hard.
For more on METZ, visit www.metzztem.com.