Municipal Waste
Massive Aggressive


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
September 9th, 2009 | 63 replies | 16,100 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Added dynamics make for a reinvigorated, albeit straight-faced, Municipal Waste.

Massive Aggressive is Municipal Waste's masquerade into supposed maturity. Yep, the band that recently burned down a cardboard church on-stage (thus pissing of Norwegian authorities) is trying to veer away from 'party metal'. I guess it kind of worked, as tonally speaking Massive Aggressive is a little more straightfaced. Musically things aren't much different. While the band has certainly upped their production values and added a few more dynamics to their otherwise straightforward brand of crossover, this is more or less the same Waste.

Of course 'more or less' still comes with the less, and this time around Municipal Waste have added a newfound sense of moderation into the mix, occasionally slowing things down to a (gasp!) mid-tempo. Problem is sometimes the songs just don't warrant any recession. The title track, for example, meanders longer than necessary and ends up going nowhere as a result. The band's other changes actually do an excellent job of adding to their sound. Their newfound sheen actually makes their blend of thrash and hardcore more distinctive, with tracks like “The Wrath Of The Severed Head” and “Media Skeptic” exploring their punk roots perhaps more definitively than ever before. Conversely speaking, “Upside Down Church” is arguably as incendiary and aggressive as anything the band has previously done, with its Testament influenced lyrics (“do you practise the things you preach, and never question anything, or are you blinded by what you teach?”) making for a much darker aesthetic than its cardboard burning would have you believe.

In the end, Massive Aggressive is another Municipal Waste album and for that fans can be thankful. But the band has thrown a marginal curveball into their sound and with added catchiness they've successfully re-invigorated themselves after the somewhat lacklustre Art of Partying. To many, the differences may be negligible, since the upgrade is akin to crushing a tallcan of Guinness on your forehead rather than the more traditional lager; either way, it's still going to leave a mark and hopefully it'll leave you a little drunker than when you started. And deny it all they want, when it comes to Municipal Waste, that'll always kind of be the point.



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Tyler
Emeritus
September 9th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wrote a review for this like two or three weeks ago but for some reason it didn't sit write. I went to type it up tonight (it was written on a notepad) while re-listening to the album and ended up scrapping it altogether. I jumped from a 3 to a 4, but I might ultimately settle on a 3.5. Like the band's moderate evolution, the difference is more or less negligible.

charlesfishowitz
September 9th 2009



1794 Comments


gettin

MentalityOfA
September 9th 2009



1213 Comments


Really like your avatar Cocaine.

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

jingledeath
September 9th 2009



7104 Comments


still need this

WarAllTheTime988
September 9th 2009



360 Comments


I bought this the day it came out and have listened once and it was pretty much in the background. Need to give this a proper listening while do something out of control.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 9th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now that the review is done and I like it more than I did initially I need to buy a legit version. The promo I've got is littered with beeps, which while fine for reviewing purposes can get a little irritating with casual listens.

south_of_heaven 11
September 9th 2009



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like The Art of Partying and Hazardous Mutation better but this is still pretty darn good.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2009



17913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is great

KYZAR
September 9th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i may get, didnt really like art of partying

KILL
September 9th 2009



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely getting this great review

Zip
September 9th 2009



5313 Comments


This is awesome

Essence
September 9th 2009



3559 Comments


I've never bothered checking these guys out.... anyone got an idea if I'd like them?

Zip
September 9th 2009



5313 Comments


you would only not like this if you were super gay, oh wait

Ulsufyring
September 9th 2009



1725 Comments


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dethmetls4lzrs
September 9th 2009



4 Comments


i wud lyk dis if i wernt a wast of spac rofl c wht i did ther lol

Ulsufyring
September 9th 2009



1725 Comments


what?

tom79
September 9th 2009



3347 Comments


I think I have enough Municipal Waste with HM and AoP but I might check this out considering you said its slightly different for the band.

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plutosatanclubhouse
September 9th 2009



142 Comments


I've never bothered checking these guys out.... anyone got an idea if I'd like them?
there's no reason for anyone to not like them, aside from being edge or a total queer

haven't heard this one yet, will get to it some time this week

a5thdiad
September 9th 2009



123 Comments


if you like amon amarth like your profile says, i think you would like them...things they share in common with amon: not too many solos, they take their camp seriously, energizing tunes...go for it.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 10th 2009



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you just seriously ask that?



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