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Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation (CD)

Municipal Waste
Hazardous Mutation
by Grigoris Chronis at 31 August 2005, 3:18 PM

I was surprised to hear such an album. I was absolutely shocked… It seems that sweat and adrenaline are not that attractive anymore to the hordes of - in general - Metalheads. Maturity, atmosphere/misery and anger spread everywhere and I begin to wonder what happened to all those bands that once stood tall fighting anything conservative, anywhere, anyhow…
I had no idea who Municipal Waste were, so: Based in Richmond, Virginia this quartet has existed for some five years (or more?) with a couple of indie releases and  - as I was informed - a set of underground split records. A rather young band, Municipal Waste mix the basic elements of 80's American Thrash and Hardcore, with speed rhythms supported by furious guitars - yes, the must bridge parts are apparent - and demonized but clean vocals.
Hazardous Mutation consists of 15 tracks and lasts no longer than 26-27 minutes (cult!!!). With an average track length of 1,5-2 minutes you know what to expect. The likes of Nuclear Assault, Gangreen, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, some Anthrax and Toxic, some more from S.O.D. and M.O.D. and you just have to do the math. In a relevant production, Hazardous Mutation really impressed me, guiding my neck to dangerous moves all around. Death Ripper, Accelerated Vision, Mind Eraser (man, the opening riff…), Set To Destruct and The Thrashin' Of Christ (gods!) can be featured as the best among fifteen equally good tunes, whose energy transmission I'm afraid to assume during a live show…
Think of the prementioned influences of Municipal Waste. Most of them don't even exist and the rest certainly do not proudly justify their reason for further living. If you're an old-school Thrash/Crossover maniac, do not miss the chance to hear something really fresh, even if retro. I have to clear out how many years have passed since the last time I met such a band… also, having these lyrics (for the ones who know). Enter the pit, adrenaline starts to flow!

3 Star Rating

Intro / Death Ripper
Unleash The Bastards
Blood Drive
Accelerated Vision
Guilty Of Being Tight
Thrashin' Of The Christ
Hazardous Mutation
Nailed Casket
Abusement Park
Black Ice
Mind Eraser
Terror Shark
Set To Destruct
Bang Over
Tony Foresta - Vocals
Ryan Waste - Guitars
Land Phil - Bass
Dave Witte - Drums
Record Label: Earache Records


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