Municipal Waste can no longer be seen as the new comers to the thrash metal scene. With sixteen years and five already released full length albums under their belts, they are very much the established band these days. Their performances on January's Persistence tour with Suicidal Tendencies show they can put on one hell of a show and even outshine those bands higher up the bill than them.
June see's the release of their sixth studio album on Nuclear Blast records, Slime and Punishment. An album that has been in the writing stages for the best part of five years and much anticipated by their fans and critics alike. Their career has seen exponential growth album on album so far and many of the faithful are hoping to see more of the same this time around.
Taking heavy influence from Suicidal Tendencies, DRI and Anthrax, if you've not heard the band before you can image what to expect, cross over thrash goodness. Municipal Waste are much today as Anthrax were in the 80's the comedians of the scene, never taking themselves too seriously, always having fun both on album and in the live arena yet, producing some blistering music along the way.
The likes of the bands aforementioned influences forged the way for Waste to follow. Having already manufactured the sound and built up the fan base and established the genre fully in the metal heads consciousness, thus allowing Municipal Waste to follow in their wake.
Starting as they mean to go on, and repeating how they have traveled on previous albums, each song is a ferocious punch to the gut, brutally fast, delivered at speed and over before you know it. The fourteen track album lasts little over half an hour but by god, once you've listened to it you leave not know quite what has hit you but knowing you want more.
Opening track Breathe Grease explodes in your ears thrashing guitars lead into Tony Foresta's screeching directly aggressive vocals, yet a little harmony between all softens the blow towards the end of the opening two minutes. Shortest track on the album Enjoy The Night is also the most brutal. 49 seconds of metal thrashing mayhem in its purest form.
Poison The Preacher gives the album a different structure, a longer formed song, still the Municipal Waste Brutality at its best more pure thrash than cross over and sure to win over many a new fan. That along with Bourbon Discipline, my stand out track of the album; Foresta's vocals less edgy but still trash mastery.
Title track Slime and Punishment delivers a lesson in thrash metal savagery. Monster riffs from dual guitars guide the tracks momentum, backing chants of "Slime and Punishment" throughout also hints that this will transition well to the live stage, fans chanting a-la Metallica's Creeping Death spring to mind. This has the potential to be a career defining track.
As the album begins to wrap up it loses no pace, longest song at 2 minutes 52, Death Proof highlight the bands cross over roots; hardcore melded with thrash to perfection. Summing up the album as a whole. With every track coming in under three minutes the fast delivery of aggressive perfection on this album defines this cross over act taking that step up in their career. The band appear at Bloodstock in a few short weeks, be sure to check them out, that pit is going to be mental!