Review of the Album Waste 'Em All by the Band Municipal Waste: Is It Worth It Or a Waste of Time?
Waste 'Em All the Shortest Studio Album I've Heard
Waste 'Em All is the debut album by thrash metal band Municipal Waste released in 2003 and as the title suggests is this album worth it or is it just a waste of everyone’s time to listen to? First of all, the album has 16 songs and it clocks in at just over 17.5 minutes long which is more like an EP (extended play) in terms of its length.
Waste 'Em All Album Cover
The Band Municipal Waste & the Style of Their Debut Album
The album and band is described as crossover thrash metal but I would take it a step further and say that Richmond Virginia’s Municipal Waste in terms of their debut album infuses extremely hardcore fast thrash metal with a touch of Impaled Nazarene in their songs and you get lots of hardcore shouting in the mix as well.
How Does the Album Begin?
The album begins with a really short instrumental song called The Executioner and this song will certainly remind longtime fans of the heavy metal genre of 1983 (think about the song Motorbreath by Metallica). However, the rest of the song has a heavy modern feel to it. The speed in the second song is FAST!
One Major Con About the Album Waste 'Em All
The album’s song titles leave much to be desired and we could call this a weak point of the band Municipal Waste.
"Mutants of War"
Waste 'Em All: the Other Songs
"Mutants of War" ends with an aggression not seen since probably the early days of Pantera (around 1994). However, how does this band expect to capture the interest of the listener if the songs average between 1 and 1.5 minutes? The album goes by in the blink of an eye and honestly, through the first listen of this album, I thought that it was some boring, meaningless, generic thrash metal but things have changed. The title track of this album starts with some spoken dialogue between two people that accuse each other of wasting their time. The song is about what can happen in life if someone’s patience runs thin. They become so frustrated with life that they feel that their only option is to take their anger out on other people. Some people feel that their job and working for a living amounts nothing as the tension builds. Waste ‘Em All may as well be an album that rebels against established norms in society. For instance, the song called "Dropped Out" is the story of a student that is tired of school in general as he does not like his teacher. This person has no family or friends and he thinks that his life sucks and his home life isn’t much better than his school life. Through the second time listening to this album, I get the sense that this band is not nearly as bad as I thought they were.
One Positive Quality About the Band Municipal Waste
One positive that can be said about this band is that at least their songs are not filled with profanity compared to the band that Mike Muir is in. Can you guess which band that is? The hidden track in this album is a more melodic song that sounds like early Iron Maiden as the message of the song is that as you fly on top of the world, nothing can bring you down.
"The Mountain Wizard"
Final Thoughts About the Album Waste 'Em All
So let us answer the question posed at the beginning of this review. Is the album Waste ‘Em All worth your time to listen to or is this album a waste of time? It depends what kind of heavy metal you are accustomed to and what kind of heavy metal you like to listen to. This album should not be listened to if you are a heavy metal “newbie” just getting into the genre. For the experienced heavy metal listener, this short thrash metal album may be tough to get used to because of its short length even though hardcore thrash metal has had better albums than this one.
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