Saturday, June 23, 2012

Review: Toxic Holocaust & Municipal Waste - Toxic Waste

Party thrashers Municipal Waste have combined forces with the diabolical blackened thrash ensemble Toxic Holocaust to bring forth a four track split. While Municipal Waste just released The Fatal Feast (reviewed here) this past April, it's been a little less than a year since Toxic Holocaust released their latest studio effort, Conjured and Command. Usually splits aren't made much of a fuss about, but with a $10.99 USD price tag and even a limited "Die Hard" edition (here), (or alternatively a free, legal digital download located here) this is one split that the masses were made aware of. Does Toxic Waste live up to the hype?

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Tankcrimes
Release Date: July 12th, 2012

Municipal Waste
  1. Trapped in the Sites
  2. Mourning Sex
Toxic Holocaust
  1. We Bring 'Em Hell
  2. Altar-ed States
Total Playtime: 08 minutes, 16 seconds




Rating: 8.0/10




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Party thrashers Municipal Waste have combined forces with the diabolical blackened thrash ensemble Toxic Holocaust to bring forth a four track split. While Municipal Waste just released The Fatal Feast (reviewed here) this past April, it has been a little less than a year since Toxic Holocaust released their latest studio effort, Conjured and Command. Usually splits aren't made much of a fuss about, but with a $10.99 USD price tag and even a limited "Die Hard" edition (here), (or alternatively a free, legal digital download located here) this is one split that the masses were made aware of. Does Toxic Waste live up to the hype?

Splits are commonly overlooked, usually for good reason... the bands that are often paired together are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum of the genre on topic, or one is well known while the other isn't, the content is known to be lacking, and it's generally just a bridge from one release to the next when EPs are out of the question. In the case of Toxic Waste, both bands have a similar retro-sounding thrash style, but are once again on complete opposite ends of the thrash spectrum. Municipal Waste are known for their humorous party themes that revolve around drugs, alcohol, nuclear fallout, and the occasional horror title thrown in. On the other hand, you have Toxic Holocaust who are big, beefy baddies that take on a blackened thrash style meshed with old school black metal quality that sing hymns about Satan, hell, death, disease, armageddon, and nuclear fallout; so it is easy to see where the few similarities lay between the two.

 
Municipal Waste open the album with their two songs, "Trapped in the Sites" and "Mourning Sex". This content produces very little in the way of anything memorable, and even after multiple listens there isn't much that tends to stick. No trendy beats, no new riffs or patterns, no hook-in-cheek lyrics or chants, the songs aren't even really all that moshable. Any bits of diluted humor fall through the cracks, and the material at hand is as dry as the desert. These songs would've fared better as bonuses on The Fatal Feast (Waste in Space) where they sound like they belong in the first place, the content doesn't warrant the need for its own separate release. However the songs themselves aren't awful... just mediocre, your regular everyday thrash tracks.


Toxic Holocaust weighs down the album with the two heavy tracks that come next, "We Bring 'Em Hell" and "Altar-ed States". Greased up with slightly raw production values and a thin undercoat of modern day quality, both songs bring hammering riffs, thrashy chants and heart palpitating drum rolls that almost instantly put the two Municipal Waste tracks to shame. "We Bring 'Em Hell" is a traditional Toxic Holocaust anthem that encompasses what they are about: Satan, sex, and thrash. "Altar-ed States" has a great groovy backing bass line that empowers the guitar and drums to help deliver heavy beats, smoother power chords and chaos overall.

But is it still enough to accredit releasing the content on a split? For the $10.99 USD price tag, to the vast majority this content wouldn't stand out enough by itself to be a definitive purchase unless one is a die hard fan of both Toxic Holocaust and Municipal Waste. Check out the full album in the player above, or download it for yourself legally for free here. If you like what you hear and think it's worth buying, then pick your poison of 3 different vinyl pressings here.

Digital Download Provided by: Tankcrimes

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