What the f**k did you expect? Power ballads?
Asking me to do a Municipal Waste review is like asking me to write 300 words on my favourite meal (which is hot as hell chili pizza washed down with cold as hell beer, thanks for asking). Their brand of S.O.D. / DRI / whatever the hell else crossover bands you wanna mention is like an angels song calling me to the light after an excessive sitting of said favourite meal. In a nutshell … mosh or get the f**k outta the way … simple! Some of the best 80’s/90’s bands lived by the same creed and they are the masters who gave us the classics we (and Municipal Waste) still drive dangerously too today.
A fair bit has been said around the traps about Massive Aggressive’s slightly more polished production, layered vocals and blah blah friggin’ blahhhhhh! This is ‘The Waste’ doing what they do best and, minus some of the beer and frat party references, there isn’t a whole lot of difference here from previous offerings. Therein lies the beauty of Massive Aggressive … I don’t want anything to change ‘cept the riffs here and there and Ryan Waste sure as hell lays down some pit starters here!
To be honest I hear a little more punk influence in Tony Foresta’s vocals (Masked by Delirium, Media Skeptic), and more metal edged S.O.D. stomp in the riffing (take your pick). If you’re looking for ‘progression’ then I guess the lyrical content has moved from party anthems to a slightly more mature outlook (Horny for Blood is probably not one of them), though don’t expect socio-political landscape critiques.
‘The Waste’ aren’t here to reinvent the steel, just melt it down, build a sweet tour van out of it and down a few beer bongs in the back while heading to the next show.
Can I ride shotgun???
(Earache Records/Riot! Entertainment)