Metz are a Polaris outlier – a standard three piece rock band with drums, bass, and guitar.

In a year dominated by synths and more synths, their atavistic post-hardcore sticks out amongst the keyboards and soundscapes of their fellow nominees.

Tied to a particularly Canadian vein of uncompromising heavy music that includes such unsung sonic titans as Kittens and Shotmaker, Metz have taken hardcore’s “get in the van” ethos to heart over the last year, demolishing stages worldwide and linking the enormous, pummelling tone of their record with the visceral effect of their classically punk live show.

In the lead-up to AUX’s live stream of the Polaris Music Prize gala on September 23rd, Scion and AUX will be breaking down each of the 10 shortlisted albums through the Road to Polaris series. Look out for more throughout the summer.

Win Tickets to the Polaris Prize Gala

Sign up to receive a reminder when our interactive live stream of the event starts at 7pm EST and we’ll enter you in a draw to win a pair of tickets for you and a guest to attend the event.

If you win, you’ll be awarded with a sweet, sweet night of the best in Canadian music, but you will have to be able to get yourself to Toronto on September 23rd.

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