It’s true; the Canadian rockers are back. As a band that are continuously revolutionising their sound and pushing boundaries with each new release, it’s no surprise their seventh album is completely captivating… especially considering it’s their first album since 2015′s Pagans in Vegas.
Album opener ‘Dark Saturday’ kicks the album off in the very best way, bringing back the sound prominent on albums Live It Out (2005) and Fantasies (2009). Fuelled with surging distortion and buzzing synths, singer Emily Haines explores the disconnect between the spoiled and the self-made. With heavy guitars in full force and brought to the forefront, this one sees the band circle back to the Metric sound that everyone fell in love with.
‘Dressed to Suppress’ seamlessly infuses drums, vocals and guitars in a truly hypnotic way and sees the band again drawing influences from their old rock style and combine it with new electronic elements, while title track ‘Art Of Doubt’ takes the heavy road, that sees Haines put forth an eclectic display of raw and smooth vocals.
Closing track, and simultaneously the longest sitting at six and a half minutes, ‘No Lights on the Horizon’ is the perfect slow-burning ending to the collection of massive riffs and driving rhythm. With it’s slow dreamy melody infused with elegance, the track finds Haines echoing on the chorus ‘If it wasn’t for your comments lately, I’d never get out of bed’ which is, surprisingly, scrumptiously captivating.
Slated as the most Metric album the band has ever made, this is Metric unbound – and we are loving it.
Reviewed by Talia Rinaldo