Based on their early albums, anything
Tokio Hotel didn’t know about making crunchy Alternative Rock would fit
comfortably in a pinky thimble with room for Donald Trump’s liberal
views on Mexican immigrants.
In 2004, when Chapel Hill, N.C. resident
Django Haskins lifted the name of his new band from the title of one of
Leonard Cohen’s most beloved albums — the ’70s classic New Skin for the Old Ceremony
— it could have been viewed as foolhardy bravado or a case of brilliant
To hell with bachelors and bachelorettes
dry-humping their way to faux decisions about potential partners for the
rest of their lives (or the season). For real drama, we need a reality
show about the travails of actual bands.
For all the grumbling about the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, the induction ceremonies can often be revelatory and
moving, occasionally serving as a way to view an artist from a different
perspective and remind everyone why an artist is receiving the honor in
the first place.
Metz’s latest album, its second full-length simply titled II,
charges out the gates with “Acetate,” another raging blast of Hardcore
from a band that shows no signs of turning down the volume or intensity