A lesson in old school thrash
There's a lot of talk from bands that claim that old school thrash is a huge influence within their sound, but in recent times, there's very few that actually deliver on their bold promise, or come close to sounding like the classics acts from the '80's.
Well I can honestly say that when it comes to thrash, Richmond's (Virginia) Municipal Waste's new album Hazardous Mutation is definitely the real deal. Earning themselves the honour of sounding more along the lines of a crossover act rather than today's dreaded metalcore, Municipal Waste (Who consist of vocalist Tony Foresta, guitarist Ryan Waste, bassist Land Phil and ex-Human Remains/Discordance Axis/Melt-Banana and Burnt By The Sun drummer Dave Witte) bring the speed, aggression and fun back into thrash/hardcore (In the tradition of acts such as Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Excel, Hirax and Cryptic Slaughter) on their sophomore effort (Following split E.P.'s with Bad Acid Trip and Crucial Unit, and their Six Weeks Records debut album Waste 'Em All from 2003) Hazardous Mutation.
Throughout the albums fifteen tracks (Excluding the short untitled film sample in the middle of the album) Municipal Waste don't waste a single moment with the album running a short (But no less intense) twenty-six minutes in total! Opening up the album is a mid paced thrash workout (Predictably entitled Intro) that sounds more than a little like very early Metallica in places, but it soon gets down to business with the faster paced Death Ripper. In less than two minutes, Unleash The Bastards (The first promotional video filmed for the album) is pounded out in true thrash fashion, while the lightning paced Blood Drive allows a little breathing space mid way through to allow a little spotlight on Phil's bass work, before finishing up with rapid acceleration.
The remainder of the album very much keeps up the standard of the first few tracks, with Guilty Of Being Tight, The Thrashin' Of The Christ (How cool is that title?), the title track Hazardous Mutation, the blackened Nailed Casket, the hook laden hardcore sounding Terror Shark and Bang Over some of the tracks to rise just that little higher than the rest. Everything from the production (Handled by Corey Smoot, who is otherwise known as Gwar's lead guitarist Flattus Maximus), to the old school cover artwork (Painted by the legendary Ed Repka) and the overall thrash attack from Municipal Waste all equal Hazardous Mutation - One of the most old school party thrash sounding albums in a long time.
(Earache Records/Shock Records Distribution)