Municipal Waste – ‘Slime And Punishment’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 04:00

Municipal Waste - Slime And Punishment - ArtworkYou more or less know what to expect with a new Municipal Waste album: it’s gonna be fast, it’s gonna be frantic… and it’s gonna be pure old school, no nonsense, fast ‘n’ furious, neck snapping thrash fuckin’ metal. And that, indeed is what you get with this, their sixth album… except they’ve gone and messed with the formula – just ever so slightly…


Still bearing all the hallmarks of a Waste album – its 14 tracks do clock in at around 28 minutes playing time – ‘Slime And Punishment’ has a thicker, richer sound than its predecessors. This can be attributed to the recruitment of a second guitar, in the shape of Nick Poulos, who adds a much-needed depth to the sound. It’s almost as if the band have re-invented themselves by making one simple tweak to their DNA, to turn them into an even more effective thrashin’ machine.


They set the tone right from the off with ‘Breathe Grease’, which adds itself to the MW canon of infectious pit anthems quicker than the ferocious riff from Messrs Poulos and Waste. With Phil Hall and Dave Witte keeping things tight behind the twin guitarists, Tony Foresta spits and snarls his lyrics before a three-part vocal chant takes the song towards its conclusion… and then ‘LandPhil’ stops things in its tracks with a wonderful break down before the band explode back into the life with the glorious 49-second message of ‘Enjoy The Night’: and believe us, we don’t need a second invitation to do just that – now pass us another beer!


It’s a wham-bam combination that sets the tone for the rest of the album, which simply races by in a flurry of rabid riffs, hammering rhythms and, of course, flying hair. The songs blend neatly into one another, presenting little one-twos of aural assaults, which pause for breath ever so briefly before diving back in: as ‘Shrednecks’ breathes its last on a rare fade out, you’re dusting yourself off and preparing to ‘Poison The Preacher’, on which the guitars take a remarkable backstep as Hall’s bass is pushed to the fore, supported by some stunning blastbeats from Witte.



‘Slime…’ is an old-school thrash album of the proper order, refreshed and enhanced by the addition of the second guitar, which really draws out essence of the sound and should undoubtedly help take MW to the next level in terms of fan acclaim. It is indeed everything you would expect from a Municipal Waste album… and then some!


I for one look forward to the guys laying waste to thon field in south Derbyshire in a few short weeks… I’ll be one of the many nursing an extremely sore neck afterwards!


‘Slime And Punishment’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


Municipal Waste play the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock on Saturday 12 August.


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