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Review: Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying
Municipal Waste
The Art of Partying

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 32:00
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 22, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Art of Partying

Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (20 Votes)

I've never been a big fan of crossover thrash - or more specifically the vocals - but after reading Lars' review of "Hazardous Mutation", I decided to give Municipal Waste a try. Well, I'm glad I did, because Municipal Waste are fun, plain and simple. It's unpretentious, straightforward crossover thrash that just rips through the place like a horde of drunken elephants.

"The Art of Partying" is not that much different from "Hazardous Mutation", the band having pretty much stuck to a winning formula. If anything, the sound is a bit cleaner here, which does take a little bit of the old school thrash effect away, but not to the point of freaking out over it either. I've listened to both albums on shuffle a couple of times and frankly, the songs are almost interchangeable - not that they sound the same, mind you, but the style is what, 95% the same? Blazing riffs, insane speed, fun lyrics and more importantly the attitude that propels you back to the mid-80s and leaves you asking for more. The guys don't overstay their welcome either, with 15 songs totaling 32 minutes (a limited edition has two bonus tracks). The longest song is 2:37 in length (I don't consider the closer to be its claimed 4:20 since most of it is silence followed by some party talk or whatever.) With lengths like these, even if you don't like a song, it's not even worth hitting the skip button. But then again, there's nothing to skip here (well, save for that silence at the end...)

If you liked "Hazardous Mutation", you're practically guaranteed to like this one and if you didn't like it, well, most likely you won't like this either, but how about giving them another try? Good stuff.

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