ANTI-QUEENS, THE: Self-titled: CD

This all-female quartet from Toronto is majorly influenced by L7, gravitating to some of the heavier tropes in alternative music, replete with metal-ish vocals and a significant layer of guitar crunch. Partially funded by a foundation for Canadian artists called FACTOR, as well as the Canadian government itself, it’s a well-produced debut full-length by a band that’s been at it for about a decade. Suitably aggressive and hard-hitting; fans of seedy bar punk will dig it. –Art Ettinger (Stomp, stomprecords.com)