Municipal Waste | ‘The Fatal Feast: Waste In Space’
Free from the clutches of Earache and in the arms of Nuclear Blast, the Waste head to space (yes, I sat up all night thinking of that one).
Often derided as a joke band because of the ‘party till you puke’ numbers that made up ‘The Art of Partying’ (and previous songs like ‘The Thrashing of the Christ’ which didn’t help matters), closer listens to each album reveal a band who are actually more in keeping with the likes of DRI than Acid Reign.
Not only does this influence manifest in the riffs (which are much more punkier than you remember) but in Tony Foresta lyrics (check out ‘Divine Blasphemer’ and ‘Upside Down Church’). And live, they destroy.
Ryan Waste has stated that he believes this new album is much better because ‘Massive Aggression’ was made while leaving Earache, due to them being “…over toured, over worked and pissed off.”
Considering that Earache really pushed that ‘THRASH IS KING’ fad a while ago, seeing them get behind Evile must make the Waste lads even more pissed off. Nonetheless, Nuclear Blast is a suitable home for them at the moment.
And it’s given them the confidence to add one or two extra flavours to the album.
Initial impressions are a bit shocking (“is that a keyboard?! On a Municipal Waste album?!?!”), but by utilizing Steve Moore from Zombi, ‘Waste in Space’ makes you sit up and wonder if you’ve put the right record on.
That is a good thing. After a minute, ‘Reposession’ starts, and when that riff kicks in, you know you’re in for a sore neck. Feel the anger as Foresta sings ‘It’s called reposession/Stealing your life.’
‘The Fatal Fest’ will satisfy the ones who enjoy the goofy songs, but doesn’t do much to get rid of the ‘joke band’ tag that they’ve complained about (can you guess what ‘Covered in Sick/The Barfer’ is about)?
Lads, more songs like ‘Reposession’ will do the job. ‘The Fatal Fest’ also features John Connelly (Nuclear Assault for our younger readers) whose voice is not what it used to be but, as he only sings a few lines, there’s not much in the way of embarrassment.
Biggest problem with the album is that there are too many numbers on here, which dilute the overall impact and there’s a little thought in the back of your head which is that the Waste are a band that are popular, but not one that people feel passionate about.
This album isn’t going to change that. Yet there are moments which demonstrate that they have the chops musically (Ryan Waste’s playing on this album is excellent). And you can’t help but feel a little disappointed by this.
To sum up. this is a record made by a band who know all too well that they won’t have the same impact as they did five years ago. They’re just relieved to still be going. But if they really want to say ‘fuck you’ to Dig Pearson, they need to make an album that captures the insanity of their live shows.
And less of the ‘party till you puke’ songs. Do you want to be Acid Reign?
3.1 / 5 – Christopher Owens ::: 12/05/12