Municipal Waste - _The Art of Partying_
(Earache Records, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (
If your idea of the halcyon days is Tankard's _Chemical Invasion_ and a cold beer, then chances are that you've already been shopping for a vintage denim jacket and honing your air-guitar skills in anticipation of Municipal Waste's third platter. No shame in that; if you're reading these pages, it's likely that a significant chunk of your youth was spent snapping your neck to Exodus, Slayer and others of their ilk. If that wasn't the case, then you have some serious catching up to do.Alternatively, this Richmond, Virginia-based quartet would happily school you in the art of old-school thrash histrionics. With such numbers as "Headbanger Face Rip", "Born to Party" and "Lunch Hall Food Brawl" on offer, it goes without saying that you'll need to embed your tongue firmly into the back corner of your cheek to fully appreciate the band's traditional din; but it does help that the music itself is significantly less satirical. There's nothing comedic at all about the brain-melting velocity of the opening riff to "The Inebriator", and with "Radioactive Force" nailing the Cold War paranoia of Nuclear Assault's _Game Over_ to a tee, crank this up and you'll be ready to party like it's 1986.
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