MUNICIPAL WASTE has always been the top of the line when it comes to Crossover Thrash for this reviewer. They kicked it on the scene at full force and when their production values finally caught up with their stature as an underground force to be reckoned with, you couldn’t stop them. In fact, the only real complaint that I have ever really had with their musical output is the relative redundancy of it. “The Fatal Feast” is no different. If you love some MUNICIPAL WASTE, then expect that same high energy and fun focused Crossover for this fifth record.
Ironically, I could probably just copy and paste my review for “Massive Aggressive” for this album review and it would be close enough that no one would really notice. Change a couple of song titles and throw on an intro about its cover art and voila…it’s not like MUNICIPAL WASTE is on the verge of some sort of massive artistic leap or anything. Truly, the only thing all that different is the inclusion of a couple of atmospheric tracks (the title tracks in this case) for a thread that runs across the record.
Beyond that this is the same “party” Thrash band that many of us have come to love. They run on the same two speeds they always have: fast and faster. The highlights are still their Punky vocal yelling and ability to fly through riffs and snare drums like they were on fire with significant amounts tongue in cheek lyrical content and energy to spare. Yeah, sure the band still runs repetitive in some of their basic structures and style (its hard to differentiate a whole lot when you play at the speed of sound) and some of the lacking song lengths breed Attention Deficit Disorder in its listeners, but fans will devour new classics in “New Dead Masters” or “The Monster With 21 Faces.” For every great track there is filler, but at least its fun and energetic filler.
I’m not going to spend much more time on “The Fatal Feast”, because if you’ve heard anything of theirs in the last handful of years – you know exactly what to expect here: wicked fast Thrashy Crossover music. Overall, this new record seems to carry a bit more filler than I expected and I would love to hear them carve out a track over three minutes that isn’t a storm of riffing that changes every 10 seconds, but MUNICIPAL WASTE will always be MUNICIPAL WASTE and the album’s infectious energy and off kilter humor is some of the best that the genre has to offer.
(Online December 31, 2012)