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Municipal Waste – ‘Electrified Brain’

Nuclear Blast
Iron Reagan, D.R.I., S.O.D., Lich King, Cross Examination, Dr. Living Dead!
Release Date
July 1, 2022
Nuclear Blast
Thrash Metal/Crossover

                “I got a six pack… and nothing to do…” sang Black Flag once as they held the gate open for hardcore punk to start violently shagging thrash metal. Before too long, bands were playing crossover, drunkenly going where no-one had been before as sang sounds about endless parties, puking on the floor and skateboarding the days away. One band which lives this lifestyle down to a tee are Municipal Waste and this year has the band returning for the first time in five years with their latest album ‘Electrified Brain’.

                It may have been 2017 when Municipal Waste last blasted through the speakers with a new studio album, but ‘Electrified Brain’ picks up the string where ‘Slime and Punishment’ left off. Therefore, ‘Electrified Brain’ is the sound of Municipal Waste, gulp, maturing? There are very few songs here about getting drunk, puking and pissing yourself; instead, what the listener is treated to are tracks which are more post-apocalyptic wasteland than post-party puke smell. Tracks such as ‘Grave Dive’, ‘Barrelled Rage’ and ‘High Speed Steel’ show a band really hitting their stride with a contemporary sound which is exceptionally enjoyable… even if ‘Thermonuclear Protection’ sounds a lot like ‘Set the World Afire’ by Megadeth, but I’m sure Mustaine won’t grumble ‘too’ much.

                This is the sound of Municipal Waste for the modern era, it takes a few listens to get going, but it is thoroughly enjoyable and no matter which way you look at it, Municipal Waste are gonna fuck you up!

"Municipal Waste are gonna fuck you up!"

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