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Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation - 2005 - Earache Records

Track Listing
1. Intro / Death Ripper
2. Unleash The Bastards
3. The Thing
4. Blood Drive
5. Accelerated Vision
6. Guilty Of Being Tight
7. Thrashin’ Of The Christ
8. Hazardous Mutation
9. Nailed Casket
10. Abusement Park
11. Black Ice
12. Mind Eraser
13. Terror Shark
14. Set To Destruct
15. Bang Over
It has been a long time since I've heard a new band go down this route. Think of a retro sound dedicated to the likes of "Among The Living" and "Spreading The Disease" Anthrax crossed with the best punk philosophy of DRI. That is really what this debut is made from, cut from that warped, fast-as-lightning speed metal attack that borders on the insane fury found with German thrashers. "Hazardous Mutation" is a captivating, perfectly timed return to the old school classic metal glory.

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Municipal Waste are right on target, expanding on punk/hardcore rhythms and crossing into the rip-tide of metal thrashing mad. The group conjures up those ultra fast punk riffs, put on the quick track along with singer Tony Foresta's energetic and aggressive "spoken word" slur. He mixes it up nicely, really taking the music into the way of new school thoughts ala Shadow's Fall. But where modern bands like that fall flat, Municipal Waste turns up the heat, tuning down and playing through quick romps. With sixteen cuts involved here the average song is about two minutes, a long standing tradition of hardcore and punk theory.

Overall the majority of the material flows consistently with solid riffs that move at a fast gallop, or simply combine on wicked grooves that ride the metro through cuts that are beaming with perverse and sadistic humor. With songs like "Bang Over", "Guilty Of Being Tight", and "The Thrashin' Of The Christ" one can't help but giggle and cackle. But while the band are busy running songwriting through the Gwar processor, other cuts bring back the fire of early acts like Anvil. "Mind Eraser", "Death Ripper", and "Terror Shark" are all out war, fast and furious leather beatings that deliver the goods in "whiplash" style.

Overall this whole record is just absolutely a rampage, an up-tempo riff stomper that will please ALL fans of Anthrax, DRI, Anvil, and those in between bands that nobody ever gives props too. Congrats on Earache for taking a chance on this young group. If any of their future albums continue with this much tradition and professionalism, Municipal Waste could find themselves headbanging on the stoop of superstardom.

--EC 10.05.05
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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