While doom and black metal have been the prevailing styles of hyped metal bands for several years, classic thrash revivalists have been multiplying beneath the surface exponentially. For proof, browse the bands who’ve signed to Earache Records over the past two or three years, and good luck distinguishing one band from another. If you’re late to the party — and “party” is the operative word here — Municipal Waste are pretty much the two words you need to know. But rather than just aping Megadeth or Slayer riffs, the band sits in the crossover zone where thrash and hardcore punk converge. Their newest album, Massive Aggressive, continues exploring the themes the Richmond, Va., four-piece have been dissecting for almost a decade — trashing things and getting trashed.
Neck brace, anyone?