How much do you love your old copies of D.R.I.'s Dealing With It and Crossover, Cryptic Slaughter's Convicted and Money Talks, or Suicidal Tendencies' debut and Join the Army? Not as much as drummer Dave Witte loves his -- that's a safe bet. The master of arty grindcore with such outfits as Melt-Banana, Discordance Axis, Burnt by the Sun, Black Army Jacket, and East West Blast Test, among others, he's now pummeling the kit for Municipal Waste, a band self-consciously recalling the glory days of the 1980s -- when hardcore and thrash metal rolled in the muck together, longhairs gleefully moshing and stage-diving alongside their cue-ball-headed buddies.
Hazardous Mutation (Earache), the quartet's follow-up to 2003's Waste 'Em All, is a hilariously retro release that, from the production to the cover painting, looks and sounds as if it could have lingered on the Combat Records shelves since 1985. Tracks like "Guilty of Being Tight" and "Thrashin' of the Christ" are simultaneously hilarious and totally moshworthy. Live, the music's bound to be even better, as Witte's skin-bashing skills are virtually unmatched in contemporary hardcore and metal, and the band's riffs are always both catchy and capable of inspiring mob violence. Horns in the air!