12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where 2015’s Pagans in Vegas pushed Metric’s nu-school New Wave toward full-on electronic immersion, Art of Doubt finds the Toronto synth-rockers warding off the seven-album itch by channeling the scrappy underdog attitude that fueled their mid-2000s breakthrough. They waste no time announcing their dramatic change in course: With the amplifier hum and distorted guitar riff that opens “Dark Saturday,” they tee up a street-prowling anthem that hits you like an elbow in the ribs. That frenetic energy courses through the record, propelling the band to brasher extremes. Singer Emily Haines has always boasted an acid tongue, but we’ve never heard her unleash the sort of startling, echo-drenched screams that send the tense title track into overdrive. And even when they can’t resist the allure of flashing-neon grooves—as on “Now or Never Now”—Metric display a flair for slow-building drama and ecstatic electro-disco release that recalls New Order in their prime.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Where 2015’s Pagans in Vegas pushed Metric’s nu-school New Wave toward full-on electronic immersion, Art of Doubt finds the Toronto synth-rockers warding off the seven-album itch by channeling the scrappy underdog attitude that fueled their mid-2000s breakthrough. They waste no time announcing their dramatic change in course: With the amplifier hum and distorted guitar riff that opens “Dark Saturday,” they tee up a street-prowling anthem that hits you like an elbow in the ribs. That frenetic energy courses through the record, propelling the band to brasher extremes. Singer Emily Haines has always boasted an acid tongue, but we’ve never heard her unleash the sort of startling, echo-drenched screams that send the tense title track into overdrive. And even when they can’t resist the allure of flashing-neon grooves—as on “Now or Never Now”—Metric display a flair for slow-building drama and ecstatic electro-disco release that recalls New Order in their prime.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Michael Gumprecht ,

Opened for Pumpkins....

I saw Metric open for The Smashing Pumpkins in Atlanta a few months ago, I can honestly say I was blown away by the quality of their live performance. Very, very talented band and I was SUPER impressed to hear "Now or Never Now" performed live. It's a powerful track and ever since that show I've been waiting for this album to come out so I could hear it again, along with their other new material. Well worth the wait, the album is highly recommended.

Jonatron ,

Welcome back, Metric!

Pre-order review
I gotta say it- I fell in love again. “Dark Saturday” brings back some of their raw, rock style from their earlier albums... almost as if this a parallel universe where Metric didn’t get too heavy with synth. It’s truly beautiful, however, their electro clash style isn’t abandoned which is clearly noted in “Now or Never Now.”

It feels like Metric is finally wrapping up all their new skills from venturing in multiple directions throughout their career. The product is beautiful, well versed, and mature without absence of fun and feeling.

I look forward to the rest of the album, and hopefully everyone will enjoy it as much as I am!

Tektiger ,

Hallelujah - Metric is back!

I have revised my initial 4-star rating to 5 stars after spending 10 days with this album on repeat. Ahhh - this is the Metric I fell in love with way, way back. This album is right up there with Fantasies and Grow up and Blow Away. Just brilliant. It brings together all the different Metric sounds explorations while staying rooted in their awesome, idiosyncratic drum+guitar sound. The layered writing and composing that - in my opinion - started fading on Synthetica and was almost completely gone on Pagans, is back. Great track after great track - "Risk" is my absolute favorite and in my updated "top-5 Metric tracks" list (along with "Waves", "Soft Rock Star", "Stadium Love", "Youth Without Youth" and "Satellite Mind", in case anyone asks. Ok - "Top-6" then) Only weakness, to me, is "Seven Rules" - but, hey, letting that slide. Get this album!

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