|Review: Municipal Waste - Massive Aggressive|
Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
The party animals of crossover Thrash are back with another short album – 13 songs clocking in at just under 29 minutes. These guys aren't going epic on our asses anytime soon. Before I got the album, the one thing that hit me was the cover art, which is monochromatic compared to the ones of its colourful, 80s Thrash-inspired predecessors. Lots of details again, but you've got to deal with a sea of green.
Massive Aggressive is more "socially conscious" and less "paaarrrttyyyy!" in terms of lyrics than the previous albums, but the music itself is roughly the same style: Short and fast songs for the most part, though you'll find more mid-paced ones here – this is slightly less "pedal-to-the-metal". Vocally, no surprises, the same shouted hardcore-ish style proper to crossover Thrash. I found this new album less fun and catchy than the previous two – it doesn't take off right away like the others did, and in fact I found it a bit bland on the first few listens – it took a while for it to click, and even then I still don't get the "fuck yeah!" attitude that just shined on their previous work. It's still amazing how much they guys can cram into such short songs – "Divine Blasphemer" is a good example, starting off as a speedfest than transforms into a "slow machine gun" shredfest – all in 1:58. These songs all feel longer than they actually are (and in this case, it's a good thing.) Overall, while their stuff used to stick in my head, with Massive Aggressive it's more of a quick fix thing that's over when it's over. Still not bad at all, mind you. Note that this is better enjoyed with the volume cranked uuuuup.
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