18
Aug
07

review: Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying (2007)

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The toxicity and beer are back in a thrashfest beyond compare! That’s right, the modern revivalist thrash stalwarts
Municipal Waste are back after a successful tour with GWAR that brought them to a whole new fanbase of moshers and thrashers with a new album that would transform even the most ardent abstainer into an alcoholic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the rumblings of Municipal Waste, you are missing out on something that is very refreshing in 2007, despite them taking a sound that is more than 20 years old. You see, this band is taking their fame to new heights by simply playing unadulterated crossover thrash (i.e. D.R.I. and The Accused) with no crooning, growls, or dueling melodies. This is what thrash was meant to be, a metal adaptation of hardcore punk.

For all their straight forwardness as a band however, Municipal Waste‘s lastest album, The Art of Partying, strangely shows a maturation and a grand progression in their music. To someone who is new to the band, it might be hard to tell since it is such formulaic music, but the seamless transitions from riff to riff, the inclusion of more gang vocals in their breakdowns, and even the blastbeat portions in the song “The Inebriator” are unexpected, but enjoyable additions to their repertoire. I can easily say that, while I enjoy Municipal Waste quite a bit, I have found it hard in the past to sit and listen to an entire album all the way through simply because of repetition that naturally arose frm this type of music. However, I find myself being able to listen to The Art of Partying all the way through, and then go back and listen to it all over again from the beginning straight through! It has only been slight changes in the band’s formula that has lead to this newfound appreciation for this band (or perhaps they just wrote some damn good songs this time around, or maybe it is the production values, or maybe….uhhhh…who gives a shit?) For those who appreciate the old school as much as me, you will be turning into a thrash til deather in no time flat whether you are 16 or 60 after an immediate listen of The Art of Partying.

VEWY GOOD

Stand Out Tracks: Sadistic Magician, A.D.D. (Attention Defecit Destroyer), Born to Party

Similar Artists: Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I., The Accused, Exodus, Blag Flag

1. Pre-Game
2. The Art of Partying
3. Headbanger Face Rip
4. Mental Shock
5. A.D.D.(Attention Deficit Destroyer)
6. The Inebriator
7. Lunch Hall Food Brawl
8. Beer Pressure
9. Chemically Altered
10. Sadistic Magician
11. Open Your Mind
12. Radioactive Force
13. Septic Detonation
14. Rigorous Vengeance
15. Born to Party

Tony Foresta – Vocals
Ryan Waste – Guitar
Land Phil – Bass, Vocals
Dave Witte – Drums

Earache Records
www.facethewaste.com

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WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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