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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: 4.5/5

Review online: January 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Jason Cominetto
Readers Rating
The Art of Partying

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

Municipal Waste has always been appealing to me. With a countless number of bands trying to be more evil than the rest, it's nice to see that Municipal Waste has a different mindset. True, there are aspects of violence found throughout The Art of Partying, but at its core it is a feel-good album for all fans of Thrash Metal. With lyrics set around partying and just having a good time, the message this band sends is a welcome alternative to hours of satanic dribble thrown around by most other artists in the genre. Songs like "Lunch Hall Food Brawl" prove that it's possible to create heavy songs based around silly concepts like food fights, without taking away credibility from the band.

Most of the songs on the album are like this, and stick to pretty much the same formula throughout. Every song is fast, relentless, and best of all, catchy. I found myself singing the lyrics to many of these songs after a few listens, and they weren't easy to get out of my head. Sometimes, however, the songs start to blend together, since most of them sound very similar to each other. This can be ignored in favor of the intense riffs, extremely fast speed, and catchy nature of each song. Anyone who is skeptical about checking this band out should be not worried about not getting their money's worth with this CD.

One of my favorite things about Municipal Waste is the emphasis on the bass. Many other bands tune down the bass when recording, but on this album Philip Hall's bass can be heard clear as day on all the tracks. Songs like "A.D.D (Attention Deficit Destroyer)" and "Sadistic Magician" have especially great bass lines, giving the tracks a thicker, heavier feel than many other Thrash groups.

If you're a fan of Thrash then this album is a must-have, and you'll most likely be banging your head to this for awhile. If you're not, check it out anyway; you find yourself attracted to the carefree attitude given off by band.

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