I don't know if the planets have aligned or darker forces have been making mischief, but tonight's Halloween gig inside Leeds' Brudenell has been truly off the hook. Toronto's furiously heavy and uncompromising trio Metz have just given a valuable lesson in how to do punk/hardcore/noise-rock at its very best.
Topping an incredible bill put together by Dirty Otter that has already seen five bands doing there thing in the main room, the Canadian's have sent this place into a wild frenzy for an hour or so as they arrived on stage at 11pm, dressed in monk robes and chimp masks. Neither of which stayed on either front man and guitarist Alex Edkins or drummer Hayden Menzies for more than a couple of songs. Edkins is completely soaked in his sweat in no time, wrestling at the guitar and playing through glorious walls of feedback whilst somehow belting out the lyrics. Menzies plays like his life depends on it, all flailing hair and huge thumps like a certain Nirvana sticks-man. Bassist Chris slorach completes the power pack and pogo's back and forth, still wrapped in his cloak.