|Review: Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation|
Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 4, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 3.81/5 (76.25%) (16 Votes)
After their much lauded earlier releases, comes the band's most recent effort which reeks of the 80's heyday of thrashy cross-over madness. Now, I've never been the largest of cross-over fans, but I can fully appreciate this album for the thrash-tastic throwback it gave me, reminding me of mint representations of Stormtroopers of Death, Vio-Lence and Exodus, all dressed up in a powerful 'naughties' production.
Even the artwork (drawn by none other than 80's artistic genius Ed Repka) smacks of those heady days of banging your head against the stage, and the whole package is fantastic. The gang vocals do get a bit much at times, but the non-stop frenetic pace and energy certainly does not, the band sounding at times like they are verging on destroying their collective instruments through sheer violent abuse.
Those who adore Slayer's punk covers album would certainly love this, although the lyrical slant is more akin to that of Anthrax and Nuclear Assault, with the band's united tongues being planted firmly in cheeks (see song titles such as 'Guilty of Being Tight', aping the Minor Threat song of the similarly titled name). All in all, short of strapping on some shiny white hi-tops, climbing into a Delorean, reaching 88mph and going twenty years back in time with Michael J Fox, this is as close as you get to returning to the 80's nowadays…
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