Release Date: Apr 10, 2012
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
The 'Waste return with album number five... You need to wait 13 tracks before Municipal Waste give a truly different take on their overly repeated crossover blueprint on latest record ‘The Fatal Feast’. Bearing very little of the varying metal character of ‘09’s career-high ‘Massive Aggressive’ or singalong anthems on ‘07’s ‘The Art Of Partying’, Municipal Waste’s fifth album is largely uneventful and heavily cyclical until the punked-up 13th entry.
The Fatal Feast is Municipal Waste's fifth album. If they had gone the direction of Megadeth, the band's countdown to thrash extinction would have just begun. If they had followed Metallica, they would have ditched metal entirely. Fortunately, the sandman hasn't entered for these Virginia crossover thrashers just yet; they're more akin to Slayer ? five albums deep and still thrashing at the top of their game.
Wallowing unabashedly in the blackened gross-out humor endemic to sweaty man-boys who've spent too much time cooped up in a van together, Municipal Waste steers its thrash revivalism clear of pastiche. The Richmond, Va., quartet makes all the cuts, but does so in a fundamentally good-natured manner, ignoring crossover hardcore's more lockstep extremes. Following a David Cronenberg-style instrumental intro that whets the appetite for straight-to-video gore, The Fatal Feast flails forward with the professional bounty hunter creed "Repossession." If the hairpin tempo shifts of "New Dead Masters" don't hook you, its flesh-eating zombie plotline will.