New wave thrash metal spearheads refine their raw power.
Although the thrash scene has come back into vogue, only a few acts stay true to its essence, performing the style out of sincere passion. With their fourth effort, Massive Aggressive, Richmond, Virginia’s Municipal Waste proves it is once again at the forefront of the good side of the movement.
While the band lives and breathes thrash, the Waste also knows how crucial aspects of punk and hardcore are to the mix. The quartet has finally stabilized and balanced all three of these extreme sub-categories, creating an effort so powerful it instantly overshadows their already formidable past. Where previous albums maintained an expedient pace coupled with lyrical hilarity, Massive Aggressive ventures into darker territory yet still embraces its formative elements: parties, horror flicks and general trouble-making.
Factor in that the band's penchant for staccato riffing offset by relentless, raging verses has never been as bold or imposing, and this is one mind-melting affair. Delving further into the apocalyptic fury of mid-1980s thrash coupled with DRI-esque hardcore, Massive Aggressive finds Municipal Waste's raw power becoming stronger and more refined.