From party thrash to space thrash, we present Municipal Waste!
The Richmond, Virginia crossover thrash band is back after quite the absence since 2009’s Massive Aggressive. The theme this time is space, like outer space.
…and they totally miss it. Honestly there is little to no connection to “space” aside from a spacey-sounding synth intro and the promo cover. Nobody would know if they didn’t read the press about it. But aside from entirely missing their intention, there are highs and lows.
The good news is the middle chunk of this record makes you want to kick a stranger in the face in the pit. Track six, “Covered In Sick/ The Barfer” to track 13, “The Fatal Feast,” is all this record should have been. Don’t even worry about the rest. Going into detail, “The Barfer” is Municipal Waste at their finest as they are typically known for these oops drinking songs (and the next song is “You’re Cut off”). A couple of these songs feature unique guest vocals too. “Standards and Practices” features Tim Barry (formerly in Avail before the country trek) who I’m sure not a lot of Municipal Waste fans are exposed to, but his style is abrasive, old school, and well worth listening to. Then there is the title track and single which features John Connelly of Nuclear Assault. It may not be the typical Municipal Waste fashion, but it really is the best song on the record if one were to try to look objectively.
Yet there are riffs and riffs. For being a crossover band, there’s a ton more metal here than hardcore and it’s better when they follow that method. I’ll be up front with my Municipal Waste problem: I can’t understand why Tony Foresta does a hardcore vocal style approach to some songs. I know, I know it’s supposed to be a head-on collision but dude, just stick to the metal route.
That’s because they are too good of a band to fall into the crossover lava pit known as “The record that never ends and yet still sounds the same!” (insert evil laugh). Ugggh, the dragging it out is damn brutal. Like seriously, after 12 songs you’re probably good. Oh no, you want to add forty other no-need-em’s? But this happens on The Fatal Feast with 16 tracks. No, I’m no intense devotee of Municipal Waste so this record isn’t a 10- forget it. Not every record rocks.
Also, some earlier press suggests the band’s a little perturbed that people won’t take them seriously. Well sorry, but what do you expect when your lyric topics are booze and zombies? It’s such boy cried wolf syndrome that you have to wonder if it’s such an inside joke that nobody but the band members can get it.
It’s not my intention to be a barfer on The Fatal Feast. Municipal Waste is still doing musically and lyrically what they do best even as a tad more mature. Thrash is at least a fun genre of metal that we don’t have to take super seriously like a jackass elitist.