METZ At The Ballroom At Outerspace

Special To The Courant

The Canadian trio METZ just released their third full-length record, "Strange Peace," on the Sub Pop label in September. The record was recorded with Steve Albini. That, and the label, are two indicators both of quality and style.

The band can play with a punishing machine-like regularity, generating the sound of some lurching metallic contraption — like an industrial mixer, or earth-moving equipment — caught in some brutal rhythmic loop. It's post-punk. But it's extra heavy. And every once in while when you feel like you might have dislocated a shoulder from the sheer abuse of the music, METZ will slide into a surprisingly, almost Beatles-esque, melodic tidbit.

Fans of P.i.L., Gang of Four, Jesus Lizard, and the more anarchic side of Nirvana should pay attention. Live footage of the band online indicates that they basically kick ass and may induce some sort of sonic blunt-force trauma in a club setting, if that's your thing. Holy smokes, bring ear protection!

METZ performs at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m. $15. 203-288-6400,

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