Municipal Waste
The Fatal Feast


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
April 10th, 2012 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good friendly violent crossover fun in store for all.

Exodus described aptly the aesthetics of being caught in a thrash mosh pit in their all time classic anthem “Toxic Waltz” published in 1989. Good friendly violent fun in store of all. In the case of Municipal Waste this punch line is automatically translated to good friendly violent crossover fun in store for all. Their first three records were the absolute tribute to the crossover genre, as it was coined in the ‘80s where a good number of thrash and hardcore bands were intrigued from "opposite" trends and infused them into their ways. In Massive Aggressive however, the band aimed for a more mature way of song writing and to the delight of a good portion of metalheads this transition was warmly heralded. However, die hard crossover fans complained about loss of fun and immediacy by one of their favorite bands. Massive Aggressive was awesome in every possible aspect, however everybody knows that the band’s true game lies in their reckless oscillation between the hardcore and thrash extremes. Their new album The Fatal Feast is nothing short of the good old Municipal Waste we all come to love and wreck our necks with, but with a fair load of wisdom from previous massive aggressive affairs.

In The Fatal Feast the crossover wheel is hardly reinvented with respect to the band’s first three records. However, the acquired benefit of maturity from the band’s previous album is more than evident. Municipal Waste use their previously attained wisdom with the sole purpose of optimizing their "standard" crossover line of business. In result, the whole record sounds like one big and homogeneous thrash/hardcore song that lasts for the overall 37 minutes of the record, as the musical diversity that made Massive Aggressive so distinct in the first place is deliberately absent. The homogeneity of the music is further favored from the flawless sound production, the best the band ever had up to now. Apart from the musical aspect, the band concludes a return to form in terms of its lyrical content. Municipal Waste have dressed their music with some of the most entertaining lyrics (“The Fatal Feast”) they have ever written in their entire career. The lyrical merit of the eponymous song is so powerful that it can single-handedly drive critically acclaimed actor Leslie Nilsen (RIP) to take a temporary leave of absence from heaven and film one of his notorious film parodies, based on all time classic science fiction and splatter/gore films. Holding all aforementioned attributes in mind, the record’s merit is fluctuating only with regard to the kind of sensation every fan group is seeking from its crossover thrash. It is excellent for the band’s future live mayhem, great for domestic listening sessions with fellow crossover diehards under the influence of tons of alcohol and plain good for those who were sold by the unexpected musical diversity of Massive Aggressive.

In closing, with their new album Municipal Waste make an emphatic return to the ensemble of attributes that made them such a fun to listen crossover act in the first place. As the band's experimentation interval with musical maturity was used to make the new album's music more effective and catchy than in before, The Fatal Feast registers as a worthy addition in their back catalog.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Fatal Feast (video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLY4Rpii7bM



Constructive criticism is more than welcome.


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Ovrot
April 10th 2012


10551 Comments


so is this good?

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2012


21412 Comments


Might check this out, I enjoy jamming The Art of Partying every now and then.

Great review as ususal Voivod. pos'd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so is this good?

It's great, as long as your only concern is caught in a crossover thrash mosh pit.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


31475 Comments


You have this weird habit of using far too many words to describe something that should really be the simplest of ideas to convey. I think I remember reading that English isn't your first language, and if that is the case then it definitely makes sense. But seriously, stuff like this:

As they have used the acquired experience from their experimentation interval with musical maturity to make their style more effective and catchy than in before


is a fucking rabbit hole of letters and words that if cut in half would make far more sense

Also on a side note, who the hell adds tracklists like that??


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Ovrot
April 10th 2012


10551 Comments


That all I'm ever concerned about voivod

TheNotrap
April 10th 2012


8121 Comments


Enjoyable reading, have a pos.

I might check this out.

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KILL
April 10th 2012


72086 Comments


brb gonna first listen 3

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


7318 Comments


Solid review Voivod my dear Greek buddy, but Deviant has a point when he says -

You have this weird habit of using far too many words to describe something that should really be the simplest of ideas to convey. I think I remember reading that English isn't your first language, and if that is the case then it definitely makes sense.

And the thing is I totally understand where you're coming from - I too have English as a second language, and there are always problems with word choice + being dialectically verbose when it comes to writing. A sentence like "Municipal Waste use their previously attained wisdom with the sole purpose of optimizing their "standard" crossover line of business" is totally something I can see myself writing, even though I know the verb "optimizing" works kinda strangely in such a context (a music review). And when you say "In Massive Aggressive however, the band aimed for a more mature way of song writing and to the delight of a good portion of metalheads this transition was warmly heralded, whereas die hard crossover fans complained about loss of fun and immediacy by one of their favorite bands" I see the same thought processes I experience when it comes to putting thoughts on paper (or keyboard).

One thing which I find helps somewhat is always going back to try and simplify the review - ask yourself: "Am I using too complicated words?"; "Is there an easier way to say this?". Obviously you thought those words were fine first time around but maybe a second eyeball will help clear things up slightly.

And then of course, there's always your family here at Sputnik to ask for constructive criticism. We do trust falls too ;)

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


7318 Comments


saw heaps of spec editions for this today but instead i got seventh son of a seventh son

Good call buddy.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok i edited the epilogue a bit.

I'll see what i can do with the prologue...

taylormemer
April 10th 2012


4944 Comments


"Also on a side note, who the hell adds tracklists like that??"

It was obviously ripped from the Nuclear Blast album page. The copy pasta missed a few ingredients along the way it seems.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


6275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

strange how users with english as their second language are some of the best reviewers on this site.

Thanks.

I read and most importantly I speak a lot of English because of my profession.

This site has helped me a great deal in improving my written English.

ZedO
April 10th 2012


1096 Comments


This site has helped me a great deal in improving my written English

Agreed with it, Voivod!

Jethro42
April 10th 2012


12545 Comments


Great review Vod, bud.

BlackLlama
April 10th 2012


1706 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. I'm still torn on the actual music though. I love me some Crossover Thrash, however I thought Massive Aggressive was excellent.

deathofasalesman
April 10th 2012


5852 Comments


Great review!

I'm pretty curious about this. The Art of Partying is such a fun record, I just might check this out.

CaptainDooRight
April 10th 2012


30239 Comments


Congrats on the feature, haven't read your review yet but judging the number of "pos'" it's probably hella good. Will read ina bit.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012


7318 Comments


I read and most importantly I speak a lot of English because of my profession.

Out of curiosity, what do you do for a living, Voivod?

paxman
April 10th 2012


4084 Comments


The video for Fatal Feast is fucking great



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