11/29/2006 - Review by: Weasel
Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation - 2005 - Earache
Overall “Hazardous Mutation” is a solid album musically. While being a hefty 16 tracks, each one averages about 2 minutes so it runs through your CD player fairly quickly but leaves you still pounding your fist. For those of you still clinging to the punk scene from 20 years ago, scoffing at “punk” bands like Sum 41 and Good Charlotte, this may be what you’re waiting for. While calling it a breath of fresh air may be insulting, it’s more like a hot ragged belch spraying spit into a mass marketed punk genre. Recent exploits have taken them coast-to-coast with fellow Virginians and splatter punk masters of the Earth, GWAR. Record label, Earache, has promised more to come from the self-destructive quartet. Let’s hope they hold true on that. It may be enough to constitute a trip out to Richmond to see what else is crawling in the sewers and landfills.
10/13/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation - 2005 - Earache Records
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.
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