METZ

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Strange Peace (The La­bel) Toronto three-piece METZ re­turn with 11 tracks of noise/stoner rock that have the buzzing grind and un­com­fort­able vol­ume of a steel­works – in a good way. If your mu­si­cal tastes are amenable to that seem­ing con­tra­dic­tion, there’s a lot to like here. Recorded by Steve Al­bini, Strange Peace is raw and live-sound­ing but it isn’t re­ally lo-fi – bands don’t sound this damn loud with­out some deft pro­duc­tion. Alex Ed­kins’ in­sis­tent vo­cal chant­ing chan­nels John Ly­don but he also drifts into melodic hooks, no­tably on tracks such as Cel­lo­phane and Sink. Ed­kins says that the al­bum is the­mat­i­cally about ‘‘find­ing some sem­blance of peace within the chaos’’. This is also a rel­a­tively ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of lis­ten­ing to it. – James Cardno

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