10 May 2013

Municipal Waste - The Fatal Feast

Some things are probably best left in the past, or at least revisited a couple of times and then left in the past. This band are definately one of those things. Municipal Waste are a 'retro-thrash' band from Richmond, Virginia and have been going for a number of years now. I use the term 'retro-thrash' as they sound like a typical mid-80's thrash band (Could be any of them but Nuclear Assault and Belladonna-era Anthrax springs to mind immediately, possibly Overkill as well). This whole album reeks of white hi-top trainers, cut-off denim jackets buried under a mountain of patches, cover art by Ed Repka (Note: He DID NOT do the artwork for this album but he was a prominent artist for thrash album covers), skinny-fit jeans and permed hair. Not neccessarily a bad thing but it would be all for naught if the general execution and presentation were off the mark...

First off, you can tell by the artwork exactly what this album is going to sound like, all frantic riffs, shouty vocals and pounding drums. It sounds like a typical thrash metal band from the mid-80's - from the point where they started adding hardcore punk to the mix and creating the genre known as 'crossover thrash'. Subject matter is varied but generally draws inspiration from themes of horror, religion, world politics and partying in general. One can certainly sense the 'bozo attitude' that was part of the thrash scene back then. The playing and production are also competent - certainly better than some of their influences as a lot of those bands were sloppy players who made up for it with their youthful exuberence and passion.

Sadly, the album falls off because...yup, you've guessed it, it's all been done before. This is a problem with revisionist bands. Without adding your own stamp, you can quickly go from keeping the spirit of an old scene alive into a bunch of copyists without a single original idea. Yes, technically, everything has all been done before but other revisionist bands have been able to add their own stamp and a couple of new ideas to their output. Besides, a lot of the old thrash bands grew up and either got real and as a result, updated and expanded their sound (Anthrax, Slayer, Exodus, Testament being examples) or tried to add more commercial elements to their sound in the hopes of reaching a wider audience (Metallica, Megadeth between 1995 - 2000, Testament on the album 'The Ritual'). Those that didn't ended up stagnating, playing to an audience who ended up becoming too far behind the times and hating everything and anything after 1989. Sad, but true. If you absolutley have to buy a Municipal Waste album then save your money and get either 'The Art Of Partying' or 'Massive Aggressive' instead. Heck, you can even get both if you like...

4/10 - Well it is alright, but still...

Chris J.

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