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Review of the Album "Hazardous Mutation" by American Thrash Metal Band Municipal Waste

Updated on January 6, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

The Album Hazardous Mutation Sees a Return to This Band's Normal Album Lengths

In the career of Virginia thrash metal band Municipal Waste, there has been perhaps the shortest heavy metal album in the history of the genre and crossover thrash that has lots of fiery emotion and anger in it. Their 2005 studio album called “Hazardous Mutation” is not only less than 18 minutes with songs around 50 seconds, 1.5 minutes or 2 minutes but as usual; their albums are still short and over fast. Let’s clarify this statement. This 2005 album is not super short like their previous album called Waste ‘Em All.

Even so, it is still shorter than the classic 1986 thrash metal album Reign in Blood by Slayer.

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There is An Improvement From Municipal Waste

The song titles have been slightly improved upon and make more sense without being as cheesy. Another point worth mentioning here is that the use of melody is at least somewhat present such as in the song "Nailed Casket." I see a sort of Celestial Sorrow influence in the beginning.

What is the Musical Approach For This Album?

The approach from Municipal Waste is still the same; they are angry at society and the status quo. The band is expressing their anger and fury at mainstream politicians through songs such as Unleash the Ba******. I guess they wanted to point out that it is time for the elected leaders to be held accountable for their actions.

The Cheesy Lyrics Are Still Present...Here is One Example

However, there are still some cheesy lyrics that are present in this album such as in the song called Blood Drive. The song tells the tale of a person that has been frustrated by what he calls another boring Saturday and apparently he has nothing to do. His goal is to live life in the fast lane driving at 95 mph.

The Band Municipal Waste Can Still Improve Musically

Another thing that really leaves me bewildered is the narration in the beginning of the song called Guilty of Being Tight. Accelerated Vision has some melody in it but the band tried to make themselves look a little diverse with some bass experimentation but this attempt becomes average. Even so, Hazardous Mutation may be the strongest album that I have heard from Municipal Waste.

The Main Message in the Song Guilty of Being Tight

The message in this song is actually a practical one and that is that in life when we are faced with problems, you should never try to drink away the pain and try to numb it with alcohol. You have to stand up for what’s right and to get back up from the adversity to face your issues head on.

Hazardous Mutation...The Other Songs

Hazardous Mutation the title track tells the story of what happens as radiation exposure increases and the safety and security of human life on Planet Earth is threatened. Be warned that these are real life issues that other bands have covered. Municipal Waste addresses these issues very quickly through their songs as the songs end in the blink of an eye. Black Ice is just 23 seconds long and the message is obvious: black ice can cause hazards for drivers and pedestrians alike. There is a reference to the fact that Cliff Burton was killed because of the bus slipping on a patch of black ice in Sweden. The Thrashin’ of the Christ is a song that is critical of organized religion and against the teachings of Jesus. I myself think that HE exists but there are many that would disagree. Overall, Hazardous Mutation is the strongest album from Virginia’s Municipal Waste but they should make their songs just a bit longer and clean up their lyrical themes.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

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