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Metz | Automat

The respected Toronto noise-punks compile a decade's worth of odds ’n’ ends.

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WHO ARE THEY? The rightfully respected, long-serving noise-punk trio from Toronto.

WHAT IS THIS? Their fourth full-length release and first anthology is a chronologically sequenced compilation of singles, demos and other odds ’n’ sods from the past decade.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? A full metal racket. Obviously, some of the earlier works and B-sides might not be their strongest and most sophisticated work. But putting them in order lets you witness the evolution of the band over the course of 12 songs and 43 minutes.

WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Bringing Back the Noise.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? Loud enough to piss off the neighbours — or get them banging their heads along with you.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Grinding, grating, distorted, dissonant, rebellious, chaotic, cacophonous, pounding, wiry, angular.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? If you like a band that plays everything louder than everything else, you can’t go wrong here.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? Either ‘Can you turn it down just a little?’ or ‘Can you turn it up a lot?’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Whenever you need a shot of cathartic, blistering mayhem.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A POWER TOOL, WHAT KIND OF TOOL WOULD IT BE? A drill press.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? Assuming you don’t already own any of these tracks, it’s worth the price.