METZ (Toronto, Canada)
What’s up with the crazy amount of stellar bands hailing from north of the border in recent years? Come to think of it, Canada has long bred some of the best musical outfits of the Rock era. Add Toronto trio Metz to that list. The band’s self-titled debut for Sub Pop is a corrosive, no doubt Steve Albini-approved blast of Post Punk with appropriately agitated titles like “Headache,” “Get Off,” “Sad Pricks,” “Nausea,” “Wasted” and “Negative Space.” It’s hard to discern what the hell frontman Alex Edkins is raging on about, but is doesn’t matter when your frontal lobe is blown off via the power trio’s unholy sonic racket. And, somehow, Metz’s terse songs roar even more righteously in a live setting.
YDIIYD: Nirvana on fast-forward, The Constantines, Fugazi minus the atmospherics (JG)