Album Review: MUNICIPAL WASTE Electrified Brain

Thrash metal emerged in the early to mid-80s in the Bay Area and Europe, quickly spreading around the world. In the early 2000s, there was a thrash revival, with many young bands paying homage to the thrash pioneer. Most of these re-thrash bands quickly fell by the wayside, with only a few staying put. One of these bands is Municipal wastewho celebrated their 20e birthday last year.

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The extra time they had to write and record the album allowed the band to focus on creating structured songs. Guitarist Ryan Waste says, “We wanted to diversify some of the tempos and bring in some new dynamics that we hadn’t ventured into before.

dynamic and a Municipal waste album aren’t exactly what you’d expect, as they usually play as fast and loud as they can. And even though there are a lot of them and they have nothing resembling a ballad, the dynamic that Waste talks about is obvious. The opening title track gallops at top speed before slowing down into a moderate groove about two-thirds of the way. Other songs have similar changing structures.

Twin guitar harmonies, a barrage of riffs and multiple searing solos make “Demoralizer” one of the Electrified brain’the strongest tracks. The call and response of “Grave Dive” makes it very catchy, and “Blood Vessel – Boat Jail” sounds instrumental, before the vocal kicks in about 30 seconds before the track ends.

Some songs are relatively simple and somewhat repetitive, but the duration of the songs is so short that it doesn’t detract from the overall impact. A single song spans three minutes, with most falling between 2 and 2.5 minutes.

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Over the past decade or so, the band has worked with several different producers. This time, Municipal waste collaborated with Arthur Rize (code orange, Power trigger). While not radically different from their later albums, the production harnesses some of the band’s live energy while keeping the heaviness front and center.

There are no big surprises, but tempo changes and a few twists make this album anything but predictable. It’s an old-school thrash rocket that doesn’t overstay its welcome, ending in a streamlined 34 minutes. These last two years have been strange and stressful, and electrified brain is a fun and cathartic album that you can kick off and forget about your worries for a while.

Melissa C. Keyes