Half an hour’s reckless riffing rage

Grannie’s favourite no-holds-barred band are back, and they’re angrier than ever.

Five years and one side project after 2012’s The Fatal Feast LP, Richmond, Virginia’s rightfully metal offspring Municipal Waste (hailing from the birthplace of, among others, Lamb Of God, Gwar and Windhand) returned on June 23 with their latest lethal long-player, Slime And Punishment.

As Iron Reagan vocalist and Municipal Waste founding member Tony Foresta asserted on blabbermouth.net, “It feels good to be back, musically kicking you in the balls… and/or titties.” It’s a joy to hear him raging tirelessly again on this LP, as we hear Mr Foresta’s delivery growing more spiteful with each release. Shaving down on their previous album’s duration by 6 minutes, Slime And Punishment reassuringly delivers the manic tempo, attitude, and musical crust unique to the five-piece, through 29 minutes of semi-juvenile party metal fantasy. A typically relentless and unapologetic listening experience is maintained throughout, with many brutal intricacies to be savoured in tracks like ‘Shrednecks’, ‘Excessive Celebration’, and ‘Enjoy The Night’, a 49-second pro-party rampage.

Apart from focusing on the customary thrash themes of crime, metal-allegiance and excessive drinking, movie-lovers should take note of ‘Death Proof’, a tale of vehicular destruction based on the iconic Tarantino film of the same name. Meanwhile, instrumental ‘Under the Waste Command’ demonstrates the dextrous shredding and classic guitar harmonies of Ryan Waste and Nick ‘Nickropolis’ Poulos.

Technically speaking, musicianship is passionate and tight, and (Slayer, W.A.S.P. producer) Bill Metoyer’s mixing/mastering is rich, punchy and (most importantly) LOUD, demonstrating the seasoned chops of this 17-year old band. Slime And Punishment is also the first Municipal Waste album to be engineered by bassist Phil “Landphil” Hall, at Blaze Of Torment Studios in Richmond, Virginia.

As fans of the band should expect, Slime And Punishment’s variety and interest is maintained by rapid song structure, catharsis, and high-octane riffage, rather than by musical experimentation, lyrical variety, and dynamics, which satisfies but never really challenges the listener. By no means is this a disappointing album though; Municipal Waste have a winning formula, and they’re sticking with it. Therefore, Slime And Punishment may not provide suitable leeway for aspiring fans to ease into the music, but it definitely grants the seasoned Waste fan half an hour’s admission to reckless riffing rage, ending as quickly as it began…

1. Breathe Grease
2. Enjoy the Night
3. Dingy Situations
4. Shrednecks
5. Poison the Preacher
6. Bourbon Discipline
7. Parole Violators
8. Slime and Punishment
9. Amateur Sketch
10. Excessive Celebration
11. Low Tolerance
12. Under the Waste Command
13. Death Proof
14. Think Fast