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Ball Thrashing Intensity - 83%

super_bum, July 11th, 2007

This album rocks, plain and simple. Simple Municipal waste is in their approach and yet of course, highly effective. Hazardous Mutation carries more visceral intensity than your average brutal band not because it strives for flashy technical showcasing or out-blasting the rest, but because it is compositionally aware. Also, the fact that this band does not relent from tearing bodies to pieces does not hurt matters one bit.

Municipal waste doesn’t seem to posses tremendous instrumental abilities, but what they do posses is the talent to craft one hell of a memorable riff. Throughout the entire album, we observe the band pumping one flesh-shredding riff after another. These riffs are indeed your typical open string to power chord relief thrash riffing, but what makes them so effective is a certain, uncanny sense for melody. What makes each riff highly addicting is in their ability to unveil attention grabbing hooks. These hooks are not delivered in the ridiculously flowery Gothenburg manner, but rather in the “grab you by the balls and slam you against the wall repeatedly “ manner. Each riff is more memorable than the last, and one will find themselves constantly returning for more thrashing.

It must be said that the greatest triumph on this album is the superb and lucid songwriting. Without a doubt, all the riffs are brilliantly executed, but ultimately it is the sequences and patterns the form to make each song a winner. Every section is cleverly arranged to maintain a strong interest until the last note. There is rarely a dull moment, only ball thrashing intensity.

This album is highly recommended. The only few flaws are perhaps the lack of variation. After fifteen songs of the similar formula it can lapse into slight tedium. There is also a certain lack of originality, all the riffs appear vaguely familiar. Also, perhaps Municipal Waste could be criticized for being nothing more than a brainless thrashing exercise; but who cares! Nevertheless, purchase this album, especially if your just getting into metal.