'It's gonna be intense', Emily Haines stopped to inform us amid an impressive set showcasing Metric's most recent venture entitled Synthetica. Expectations hadn't been left particularly high after the release of Youth Without Youth earlier this year, yet lo and behold! The band's new record excelled itself live. Any other band would have been taking a risk with explosive visuals, but with Metric the lighting only signified their gasping need for a larger venue.
The set saw a sequential journey through the most Synthetica's tracklist demonstrating its almost flawless composition. Old favourites were thrown in following this, by which point the whole of the theatre were up on their feet. The gig proved an emotional event for the band, London being the birthplace of Haines' solo work, Grow Up And Blow Away and of course band member Jimmy Shaw. The band did a lot to engage with the crowd, and, ending with an acoustic version of 'Gimme Sympathy', previously performed for the queen, the band left us wishing we were Canadian.
Highlights of the new album include 'Artificial Nocturne', 'Speed the Collapse' and 'The Void'.