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Municipal Waste: Massive aggressive

15/09/09  ||  Euthanatos

Hey, remember 2 years ago, when I rode Municipal Waste’s nuts? Yeah, those days are long gone. Let me explain.

Sure, in every list about the revival of the thrash metal scene and how some great new bands are out there right now, Municipal Waste usually gets mentioned first, and that’s great for them. They really came out before most, their thrash metal blend is honest and well-performed, plus they have great humor and are well-versed in all things eighties. But, as it always is with these things, this “scene” got more cluttered than a New Delhi traffic jam, with bands coming out of the woodwork, and obviously not all of them are fucking brilliant, just repeating riffs and formulas, doing some half-assed version of the genre’s greats.

And that’s the dangerous pit into which Municipal has fallen in. It became enamored with its own hype and “homage” to 80’s thrash metal, and that becomes painfully obvious with the new album. I don’t know if it is because it sounds like a blatant rip-off of Suicidal Tendencies (which I like, by the way), or just that the songs sound tired. The fact of the matter is, the material is very far from fresh. It’s unbelievably repetitive; while Municipal Waste’s earlier efforts were fun because of the way they sounded retro, now it sounds just plain stupid.

Think I’m being harsh? I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I hear it. There is not one song that stood out on this album for me, no matter how many times I’ve listened to it. It’s just follows the same basic script of rehashed riffs, background yells, and so on.

Am I disappointed? I guess you could say that. There’s actually a good chance this will be the album I’ll pick in our best of list we do every year, as my disappointment of the year pick. But I can’t say I’m surprised. Sometimes it’s not the bands fault everything goes to shit. It’s fucking hard to stay creative and innovative and not lose your “cred”, particularly when we’re talking about traditional thrash metal. So you just do whatever it is you’ve done forever and hope to God it works.

Yeah, it didn’t this time.

And by the by, FUCK YOU, Earache, for putting that retarded beep on the promo, that shit is annoying as fuck. Go beep on your fucking mother’s ear.

The cover: Even the cover is shitty this time, good heavens.

5,5

  • Information
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Earache
  • Website: www.facethewaste.com
  • Band
  • Tony Foresta: vocals
  • Ryan Waste: guitar, vocals
  • Philip “Land Phil” Hall: bass, vocals
  • Dave Witte: drums
  • Tracklist
  • 01. Masked By Delirium
  • 02. Mech-Cannibal
  • 03. Divine Blasphemer
  • 04. Massive Aggressive
  • 05. Wolves of Chernobyl
  • 06. Relentless Threat
  • 07. The Wrath of The Severed Head
  • 08. Upside Down Church
  • 09. Shredded Offering
  • 10. Media Skeptic
  • 11. Horny For Blood
  • 12. Wrong Answer
  • 13. Acid Sentence