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  • Summary: The collection of rare tracks and B-sides from the Canadian noise rock trio includes an additional three tracks on the vinyl release.
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  1. Jul 12, 2019
    80
    If you got to know METZ from 2015's II or 2017's Strange Peace, Automat will amaze you as you ponder how long they've been this good, and if you haven't been introduced to their work, starting at the beginning isn't a bad idea at all. Either way, you need this music.
  2. Jul 12, 2019
    80
    These unapologetically authentic offerings are balanced with several from the band's comparatively tidier self-titled LP era. The unholy marriage of mayhem and hookery on the infectiously melodic "Dirty Shirt" and "Leave Me Out" begs to be bowed to.
  3. Jul 16, 2019
    70
    Listening to Automat from start to finish, you could make a case that Edkins and Menzies were wrong. And as the track sequence arrives at more recent material (skipping-over the band’s 2012 cover of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” for some reason), you can’t help but wonder what would have been had the band continued to explore freer song structures.
  4. Jul 17, 2019
    70
    This is a decent body of work which would actually work well as an introduction to the band for those yet to encounter METZ’s noise to date.
  5. Jul 17, 2019
    70
    It’s a worthy project, one that demonstrates to the listener just how much METZ crushed from day one before reminding them that they haven’t stopped crushing it since.
  6. Jul 12, 2019
    60
    As far as compilations and rarities sets go, this is no cynical cash-in, but neither is it absolutely essential, even for fans of the band. There’s a lot of cool material here that is definitely worth exploring, but nothing that will demand a second listen for anyone other than the most hardcore of fans.
  7. Kerrang!
    Jul 12, 2019
    60
    The results will mostly appeal to completists. [13 Jul 2019, p.73]