Party-fuelled crossover tyrants Municipal Waste are back to serve a whole lot of shred with their 6th studio album Slime and Punishment. This being their 2nd masterpiece produced via Nuclear Blast Records, be sure to have your head ripped off by 14 killer tracks worth of brutality, booze and speed.
Charging in all guns blazing Breathe Grease refuses to be tamed, opening the record firing power chords to the brain. “It’s a glorified song about living the way we are: it’s like a theme song!” lead vocals Tony Foresta states referring to the lyrical themes of degeneration and depravity. This raw speed and energy holds no boundaries, stampeding with vigorous aggression from start to finish.
Dingy Situations showcases new lead guitarist Nick Poulos at his best with the first of many exhilarating solos to come. This is the first album that really drives more lead guitar in comparison to their past productions. “It was pretty seamless getting him in. We’ve been a four piece our whole career with just me on guitar, so just adding that live element is cool for solos and dual harmonies, and it just sounds heavier.” Ryan Waste expresses. There’s no doubt that the musicianship has evolved; there’s a real blend of dynamic, crunching guitar layers against the backdrop of slapping bass riffs and barking gang choruses.
We were all teased with the title track Slime and Punishment earlier this year; a track I believe is no doubt as sensational as The Art of Partying. The energy fresh, tight and leaving no time for you to grab another beer. What I bloody love about this band is that they revive classic 80’s old school- bang yer’ head- thrash that we all know and love, a rarity with the new wave of thrash bands that emerge today. This element is consistent throughout their work, although Slime and Punishment has taken a direction towards hardcore, tracks like Parole Violators and Think Fast capture this characteristic exemplary. Whereas Shrednecks and Bourbon Discipline give nod to the hilariously violent Waste that fans have grown to know since their Waste ‘Em All detonation.
After hitting the road hard touring with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies and Agnostic Front, the lads decided to end their travels on a high putting full commitment into developing this new record. “We didn’t want to put a record out for the sake of releasing one every two years,” reflects Ryan Waste, founding member and guitarist “It had to be quality material, and you can’t force that so we took our time, bottom line”. Indeed, it’s been a quiet 5 years since Fatal Feast but wait no longer, Slime and Punishment is to be released June 23rd. Municipal Waste are back to fuck you up!