Sound — 9
One of the most respected thrash metal bands of today, Municipal Waste is back, in 2012, with "The Fatal Feast" (or "The Fatal Feast: Waste In Space", if you prefer). Well, if you're already into Municipal Waste, your expectations will probably be fulfilled. After a brief intro, you'll receive 37 minutes of some fine metal. If you're not, well, the thing about these guys is very simple: some plain and simple thrash/crossover, 100% inspired by the golden years of the genre and by bands like D.R.I. and Nuclear Assault. They also keep it real when it comes to the production of their albums, which is always really good but "raw" (let's put it like this) enough to make it sound like it's been released 25 years ago.
Well, this album here is no exception. A storm of thrash metal riffs provided by Ryan Waste will probably keep you banging your head for almost 40 minutes if you're into this genre. You can also hear great guitar solos on "Authority Complex" and "The Fatal Feast", which is something that Ryan never really cared about. Drummer Dave Witte did a great job as always, with crazy thrash metal beats and fills, and the bassist, "Landphil" probably never sounded so insane, and you can hear clearly that on songs like "Idiot Check" and the title-track. The album also features guest appearances by John Connelly (guitarist and vocalist for Nuclear Assault), Steve Moore (who plays bass and synthesizers for Zombi), and vocalist Tim Barry (ex-Avail). So, cutting things short here, this is just plain and simple crossover thrash. If you're a fan of these genres, check this out, this may be the album of the year for you.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics here are also Muncipal Waste's standards, talking about booze, aliens and all that kind of stuff, but also criticising a lot of things. The title-track, for an example, talks about a spaceship crew lost in space that eats their captain in order not to die of starvation. "Crushing Chest Wound" apparently talks about a weird alien, while "Covered In Sick/The Barfer" talks about booze. There's also stuff here fiercely criticising the big corporations, like "Standards And Practices" (in my opinion, this here is one of the finest lyrics ever written by these guys). When it comes to Tony Foresta's vocal performance, it sounds just crazy, as usual. Basically, standard hardcore/crossover styled shouts. And even when singing really fast, he still makes the lyrics totally audible, and I gotta tell that not many people can do this. I also like how he sounds like he's freaking out and angry, fitting perfectly in the band's sound and thematic.
Overall Impression — 9
So, enough said. I think the descriptions made here gives this away. This is another pure Municipal Waste record, made upon their simple and efficient formula of metal: quick and straight to the point crossover made of aggression! I would point "Repossession", "Authority Complex", "Idiot Check" and "The Fatal Feast" as the best songs here, but this is, in my opinion, an album with no flaws at all, just like all their other albums. All songs here will keep you at least headbanging if you're into the genres cited here. What I can say is: buy this, and get ready to clean all the blood out of your ears after listening to it!