MUNICIPAL WASTE

"The Fatal Feast" (Nuclear Blast; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Richmond, VA’s party-mongering crossover kings returns to hell-raising form with 16 tracks of tongue-in-cheek thrash metal delights entitled "The Fatal Feast."

Municipal Waste triumphantly cranks out a furious array of whiplash-inducing riffs and blasts of blistering rhythms armed with the shared passion from the old guard of bands such as DRI, Suicidal Tendencies and Nuclear Assault (whose John Connelly makes a guest appearance here).

Guaranteed to set the dance floor off and keep heads banging throughout, this album finds Municipal Waste raging with the rabid intensity and rapid-fire raucousness a band of their veteran status and musical experience can dole out with a hearty dose of the good friendly violent fun that they’ve adopted as their own.

For more information, check out www.facethewaste.com

"Massive Aggressive" (Earache; 2009)

Reviewed by Spudbeast

Let me start by saying I love Municipal Waste. "Hazardous Mutation" was my 2005 pick for Album of the Year. "The Art of Partying" was in the top five in 2007. But, as much as it pains me to say it, I don't think "Massive Aggressive" will make it to my Top Ten of 2009.

"Massive Aggressive" is by no means a bad CD, but it's just missing the crucial element that makes Municipal Waste such a phenomenon and magnet band: hooks. The musicianship here is better than ever. Ryan Waste's riffs have more complex structure, Land Phil's bass is as solid as ever and, of course, Dave Witte's drumming is godlike. Tony's vocals sounds good but not as well-mixed as in the previous two albums.

But the improved musicianship is not enough to make up for the lack of hooks, songs that I can sing with my friends when we're drunk. There's no "Terror Shark," no "Sadistic Magician" and this really hurts the album because the reason I love Municipal Waste is that they're so much fucking fun -- blasting them in your car doing a beer run at 1AM or at a party. I just can't see me playing "Massive Aggressive" as much of the others. It feels like they reverted to the days of "Waste 'em All" -- good, but not legendary. Songs like "Wolves of Chernobyl" and "The Wrath of the Severed Head" stand out because these are relatively catchy and are more up-tempo.

Don't get me wrong: "Massive Aggressive" is a good album; it's just a bit disappointing. But I still have much faith in the Waste and I know that such a mighty band won't disappoint for long.

For more information, check out www.facethewaste.com

"The Art of Partying" (Earache; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The glory days of crossover metal have been lovingly revisited thanks to everyone's favorite beer-drinking hellraisers Municipal Waste and their latest offering, "The Art of Partying."

Remember bands like Scatterbrain, DRI, and SOD? Well don't fret if you were too young to catch the first wave of the hybrid because these cats bring it to you. This hard-partying Virginia-based quartet (bolstered by drummer extraordinaire Dave Wittie's massive percussive power) make no bones about their allegiance to illicit consumption of alcohol and drugs and thrashing the night away, as their lighthearted lyrical content and  iron fisted musical attack deliberately denotes. 

Leave all seriousness at the door and be prepared to bang your head to the might of tracks like "Sadistic Magician" and the ridiculously entitled yet utterly crushing "Rigorous Vengeance."

Who said metal can't be fun again? Just check the feelgood moshpit anthem "Born to Party" as proof that it doesn't always have to be about gloom and corpsepaint.

For more information, check out www.facethewaste.com

"Hazardous Mutation" (Earache; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Old school rules! Dig out the denim jacket and polish up the bullet belt, as listening to Municipal Waste's 16-track thrash-a-thon is like taking a time machine back to the late '80s metal scene as the genres began to blend. 

Emulating crossover kings like Anthrax, Leeway, Nuclear Assault, and DRI, tracks like "The Thing," "Accelerated Vision," and the cleverly titled and precisely played "Guilty of Being Tight" keeps the pace manic and the fists on continuous pump. 

Blowing the dust off of the hardcore punk aesthetic and keeping their metal chops way up, "Hazardous Mutation" features the gang vocal choruses, popping basslines, buzzsaw guitars and devil may care attitude that Gorilla Biscuits and SOD lovingly brought to the table. 

Abandon all fears and get your thrash on with this monstrous machine. 

For more information, check out www.facethewaste.com

"Waste 'Em All" (Six Weeks Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann

To say Municipal Waste plays fast rock music is like petting a cheetah and saying "good kitty." Their 2003 release, "Waste 'Em All" is a collection of thunderous music done at a blistering pace. However, when I compare this release to later releases like "The Art Of Partying," I find myself wanting.

"Waste 'Em All" has all the attributes of the band's other recordings, but not the substance. As you might expect, they've grown a little over the years. I found the music fragmented and confusing here and I kept waiting for it to get better but it never really does.

Do not judge Municipal Waste by "Waste 'Em All"; it's far from their best recording but it's an early one so that's understandable. Check out "The Art Of Partying" or "Hazardous Mutation" to hear this band at their best.

For more information, check out www.facethewaste.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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