Thrash metal/crossover from USA, debut and latest full-length albums released in 2003 and 2012.
If this isnít one of the fastest, most pissed-off albums Iíve ever heard, then I donít know what is. Municipal Wasteís debut album is the bastard son of 80ís crossover thrash, finally old enough to kick some ass for the new generation. Fans of killer tempos, crushing riffs, and S.O.D./M.O.D. style humor will find much to appreciate here.
As far as tempo is concerned, Municipal Waste comes in two flavors: mosh-tastic Exodus-style mid-paced, and the much more common full-speed D.R.I. circa 1982 hardcore breakneck devastation. This album is fast as shit. Of the sixteen songs on here, not one breaks the two minute mark, some failing to break the twenty second mark. Each song is a drive-by ass kicking, rarely lingering around long enough to repeat riffs. It is this sheer intensity that makes these guys great. Sure, some of these riffs would be cool as longer, three-minute thrashers, but then this album wouldnít be as insane. In truth, that is the double-edged sword of crossover thrash, having to sacrifice either speed or song development, but the band does a hell of a job making it work here and Iím quite content with the final product.
The songs themselves delve into a variety of topics, with tales of inebriation, mutants, knife fights, mosh pits, thrashing, a.k.a. all the best topics. No deep sentiments to ponder here, just straightforward, juvenile thrash lyrics. The production on this album is far better than on their previous EP, making those lyrics all the easier to understand, and giving the guitars a nasty tone reminiscent of mid to late 80ís bay area bands. Drums are also notable, keeping a powerful and frantic pace for the duration of the album.
In short, this is a great successor to the classic crossover albums of the past,. Itís heavy, catchy, fast, and fun, and it serves as foreshadowing of the true masterpiece that would follow it.
2003 Waste 'Em All - 320k (CD-Rip) (no unknown encoder)
2012 The Fatal Feast (Waste In Space) (Deluxe Edition) - Vbr V0 Scene Release
I got the feeling that most people were disappointed with Municipal Waste's 2009 effort, Massive Aggressive. It seemed like the general consensus was that the album was too serious lyrically and too "accomplished" musically. I was among the minority who loved Massive Aggressive, and I have been anxious to hear what would come next.
Municipal Waste's follow up to Massive Aggressive has just arrived in the form of The Fatal Feast. Overall the new album is more simplified, and the humor is more prominent than on its predecessor. Musically, The Fatal Feast has a more crossover sound than a straight-up thrash sound. That is to say, the new album has more hardcore punk in the equation than metal. Many of the songs remind me of D.R.I. and the first Suicidal Tendencies album. There are more hardcore barre chord riffs than metallic thrash attacks. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a different balance than on Municipal Waste's other recent releases. Still, there's plenty of metal present. Sweet shredding leads in "Repossession" and "Authority Complex" contribute to the metal vibe, and there are some huge drum fills in "Crushing Chest Wound" and "Death Tax." The bass playing in "Idiot Check," "Crushing Chest Wound," and "The Fatal Feast" also helps add a little flash to the album. (The bass tone is consistently awesome throughout The Fatal Feast too.) The more flashy moments of these instruments unite in the album's final, strongest, and most metal song, "Residential Disaster." However as mentioned earlier, the dominant vibe of The Fatal Feast is a more straight-forward hardcore feel. Perhaps the music is being downplayed slightly to put more focus on the lyrics. The humor is definitely more dominant here than on Massive Aggressive. Drinking, zombies, space, and religion are all covered with great results. Many fans will be pleased with the more overtly humorous approach.
Municipal Waste has always had hardcore punk and metal in its sound. That's the true definition of "crossover" after all. However, on The Fatal Feast the balance has shifted more toward the hardcore end of the spectrum. The band has traded some of the metal and seriousness from the previous album for more punk and humor. The Fatal Feast is a satisfying Municipal Waste album, but it may sound a little half-assed to people who prefer the more musically accomplished sound of the previous albums, especially Massive Aggressive. Any fan of the crossover genre should dig this though. The super-catchy punk riffs and the hilarious lyrics virtually dare you not to bang your head and sing along. The Fatal Feast is a mandatory purchase for any Municipal Waste die-hard.