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Crossover Reborn! - 89%

Erin_Fox, October 28th, 2006

In the late eighties, the hardcore/metal mixture was known as crossover, which can be directly attributed to the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles album which bore that moniker.

Municipal Waste brings this classic style back to the forefront with “Hazardous Mutation”, an album that is quite reminiscent of the sound of that exceedingly influential outfit, as well as being deserving of comparisons to early C.O.C. (back when Mike Dean was the full time singer), and early Anthrax, pre-Belladonna. There’s nothing too fancy about the music of Municipal Waste, just straight-up skank-inducing madness that’s great for headbanging.

One of the most important aspects of this energetic type of music is that it’s a lot of fun, with tracks like “Guilty Of Being Tight” and “The Thrashing Of The Christ” sure to send audiences into a moshing frenzy with a smile on their faces.

Slamming beats are the catalyst for this kind of music and the relentless pace with which these tracks are delivered. At times throughout the album, you’ll be reminded of bands like M.O.D. (old school) and Excel as well, showing that Municipal Waste have certainly done their homework. “Abusement Park” slams by like a late freight train, while “Mind Eraser” gets right down to business, thrashing substantially and possessing a sneering breakdown that is as infectious as it is energetic.

There aren’t too many bands playing this style these days, which makes Municipal Waste all the more appealing. Younger metalheads that haven't had a chance to explore the beginnings of this style will revel in this record's manical moshing chaos.