Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
By their third album, even the noisiest of bands tend to rein things in a bit, but not Toronto trio Metz. Blunt-force song titles like "Headache" and "Rats" make their intentions clear. With engineering assistance from Steve Albini, the new Strange Peace bludgeons every bit as hard as their 2012 self-titled debut (Sub Pop has released all three records). If you're looking for catharsis, singer-guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach, and drummer Hayden Menzies have got you covered (and Albini really accentuates the muscle in Menzies's attack). Better yet, they bring all that intensity—and more—to the stage.