The '90s have returned with a vengeance to shine a bleak light on our modern age through the vehicle of L.A. industrial up-and-comers 3Teeth. Ever-evolving since their 2014 self-titled debut, the band's third major release, Metawar, finds them better realized than ever, capturing a particular sound and era more accurately through growth in their abilities as songwriters and musicians. Any track on Metawar attacks with a heavy wave of '90's/'00s industrial affection.
Standing apart from its predecessors, Metawar takes a half step into a ….
An exciting opportunity squandered on echoic songwriting.
I suppose, in part, I'm to blame for Metawar being the most disappointing release of 2019 so far. I mean, looking back on it now, there was no way 3TEETH was ever going to meet or exceed the level of expectation I had for this record - it was destined to fail in that regard. But I'm getting ahead of myself; it helps if I explain why Metawar would have been my first pick over any one of this year's biggest knockout albums, had I been given a choice.