It may be a year late, but hard rock has returned to indie in 2012. Metz is partially responsible. Their debut doesn't deal much in variation, but this throwback to 90's era rock and post-hardcore contains a few excellently crafted tracks, none of which can top the opener. "Headache" begins with a tom-driven beat before barreling down on you with crashing symbols and a monster guitar riff. Alex Edkins' vocals, which hearken to Ian Curtis, are perfectly complementary, and the production execution is spot on. Metz might be a bit too one note as a whole, but damn if these dudes haven't re-energized my love for simple, potent guitar riffage.