Review Summary: Municipal Waste manages to continue milking its signature sound once again. Fortunately, the final result is satisfactory, as usual.
Crossover thrash band Municipal Waste returns with new studio material after a 5 year break. Since 2003 they were an unstoppable machine, an inexhaustible source of music that produced some acclaimed and well received albums by many thrash metal fans like Hazardous Mutation
or The Art of Partying
. Thrash party music par excellence. It wasn’t until 2012’s The Fatal Feast
when the band stopped recording studio albums. What happened during these 5 years between that record and this Slime and Punishment
" Not much, just the emergence of a new project from vocalist Tony Foresta, Iron Reagan, which to date has released three great albums. It’s in 2017 when Slime and Punishment
appears, which marks the debut of a new and second guitarist Nick Poulos. The rest of the lineup remains intact since 2004.
What we got here is a band 100% true to its brief and direct Crossover Thrash style. 28 minutes of frenetic riffs, chaotic rhythms, some killer bass lines and their characteristic gang choruses. Nothing new, of course, but it's a fact this album doesn't give an impression of a band on its last days. They still know how to make energetic, up-tempo thrash rockers.
Among the highlights we can speak about ''Shreadnecks'', in my opinion the album’s best song, a tune with more of a classic thrash side rather than punk or hardcore, truly potent and fresh in its 2 minutes. The same can be said of ''Excessive Celebration'' and ''Death Proof''; both songs contain some classic thrash influenced riffs and lots of potential. Other remarkable moments include the direct and powerful opener three-song ''Breathe Grease/Enjoy the Night/Dingy Situations'' sequence, an ideal combo to bring the house down. I especially like ''Dingy Situations'', with a catchy main riff and a speedy guitar solo almost at the end. ''Poison the Preacher'' is also another of my favorites, with its relentless rhythm section, a good use of double bass drum, an energetic vibe and a Tony’s wild vocal performance, while the furious ''Bourbon Discipline'' and ''Parole Violators'', along with the fantastic single ''Amateur Sketch'' and the closing track ''Think Fast'' are songs that would not disappoint a hardcore fan or someone who’s looking for a brief, simple yet amazing and entertaining thrash sound. Oh, and last but not least we have ''Under the Waste Command'', the only instrumental track on this album, fast, forceful and good, with another decent solo. The rest of the track list is very solid, pretty much what we expect from Municipal Waste. The production work is respectable too.
It's really hard to dislike the habit of a band repeating itself many times when the musicians offer good quality material, and Slime and Punishment
is a proof of this. It will not go down as the best of this present year, but it’s an addictive and enjoyable record. I very much doubt this will disappoint the fans’ expectations.