Toronto trio METZ were one of a handful of ’00s bands to update the abrasive sounds of ‘90s noise rock for a new audience. Opening with the full-tilt attack of “Headache” (a fair title if there ever was one), METZ is a wired, compellingly unfriendly debut that sounds less like a band at work than a storm blowing through a sheet-metal shop. As with forebears like Melvins and The Jesus Lizard, their secret weapon is groove, making the shrapnel of tracks like “Knife in the Water” and “Wet Blanket” as hypnotic as they are nasty.

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