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MUNICPAL WASTE Islington Academy
17 December 2010
Municipal Waste's mischievous singer Tony Foresta hits the stage dressed
from head to toe as a Christmas Tree, you know two things: 1. It's
Christmas. 2. This is going to be a lot of fun.
Municipal Waste are leading lights in the current new wave of thrash
and, as evidenced here tonight, have a loyal and fanatical following.
Their fusion of classic thrash and hardcore punk, coupled with a keen
sense of humour, guarantees a high energy and fun night out for the new
generation of thrashers in the mosh zone here tonight.
immense fun for the older first generation thrashers, such as myself,
who these days pitch themselves just outside of that mosh zone for fear
of heart attack, or even worse, spilt beer.
tonight is pretty evenly spread between tracks from the current album
'Massive Aggressive', and the two previous albums, 2007's excellent 'The
Art Of Partying' and 2005's 'Hazardous Mutation'.
The fun and
games truly commence with the second track tonight, 'Beer Pressure',
where the first circle pit of the evening is called for and the ecstatic
crowd are only too willing to oblige, with the pit taking up pretty much
the whole of the dancefloor.
flurry of Waste classics follow. The excellent 'Headbanger Face Rip' has
a great shout-along chorus, and 'Terror Shark' hits the spot with the
immortal line 'helpless in the water you're a human buffet'. In keeping
with the Christmas spirit, 'The Thrashing Of The Christ' is dedicated to
Satan, and 'Wolves Of Chernobyl' shows the band haven't lost their touch
with the newer material.
Landphil treats the crowd to a quality mini-bass solo as an intro to the
brilliant 'Sadistic Magician', and 'Acid Sentence' has some local
relevance, its subject matter being the 40's acid bath murderer John
hardcore 'Sweet Attack' goes back to the very first Municipal Waste
album, 'Waste Em All', before the infamous 'wall of death' is called for
with the two chosen sides gallantly slamming into each other to usher in
the last few tracks of the set.
Bastards' whips the crowd into a frenzy before 'Born to Party',
featuring the official Waste chant of 'Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you
up!', brings a great, fun packed set to a close.
raise a chant of 'one more song' and the band return to the stage for
the finale of 'Pre-Game/The Art Of Partying', the blistering opening
cuts from the band's third album, giving the faithful one last blast of
prime hardcore thrash as singer Tony Foresta leaps into the crowd at the
too many dimensions to Municipal Waste's sound, they are loud, hard and
fast from beginning to end, but they have an identifiable sound that
works and they stick to it. They are also immense fun, their lyrics and
song titles not to be taken too seriously, but all add to a great
drunken rocking night out.
nice to see thrashers, new and old, mixing it up with a fair few punks
here tonight who identify with the band's hardcore leanings.
and fun element of the band definitely tips a nod towards Anthrax or
even Lawnmower Death, and the thrash aggression, along with the band's
artwork, reminds me of one of the great old school thrash bands, Nuclear
It's not too
long before Municipal Waste return to the UK for next year's Hammerfest,
where they're guaranteed to give the happy campers another lesson in the
art of partying.
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