Municipal Waste (band)

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Municipal Waste
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Municipal Waste at Finnish Metal Expo 2008
Background information
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Crossover thrash, thrash metal
Years active2001–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Earache, Tankcrimes
Associated acts Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan, Deny the Cross, No Friends, Volture, Toxic Holocaust
Members Tony Foresta
Ryan Waste
Land Phil
Dave Witte
Nick Poulos
Past membersBrendon Trache
Andy Harris
Brandon Ferrell

Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia, formed in 2001. [1] To date, the band has released six studio albums, three EPs and four splits. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving vocalist Tony Foresta and guitarist Ryan Waste as the only constant members. In addition to Foresta and Waste, their current lineup includes Nick "Nikropolis" Poulos on guitar, Philip "Landphil" Hall on bass and Dave Witte on drums.

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Municipal Waste was formed in Richmond, Virginia in 2000. [2] Municipal Waste played their first show at a Richmond New Year's Eve Keg party in 2000/2001. [2] The band was blamed for inciting a small riot. The band took musical influences from crossover thrash bands such as D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, Animosity -era Corrosion of Conformity, Nuclear Assault and Attitude Adjustment. Municipal Waste toured throughout 2001 and 2002 in the USA and Mexico. The band released two split albums—one 7" with Bad Acid Trip, the other being a 12" with Crucial Unit. They also had tracks on a number of compilations. In 2002 Brendan Trache left, being replaced by Brandon Ferrell, shortly before the Tango and Thrash on Amendment Records and Waste 'Em All was released on Six Weeks Records. Following the release of Waste 'Em All, both Andy Harris and Brandon Ferrell left the band, being replaced by drummer Dave Witte and bassist "LandPhil".

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Municipal Waste released their third album Massive Aggressive in 2009, followed three years later by The Fatal Feast (2012), and then five years later by Slime and Punishment (2017). [4] The band is currently working on a new EP and a new full-length studio album. [5]

Musical style

The band members themselves have stated that they are influenced from groups such as Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I., Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Sepultura, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., M.O.D. and the Cro-Mags.

The band's songwriting approach takes form in short, crossover thrash songs. Lyrical topics have to do with alcoholism, mutants, or thrash metal. The music is also described as being, and the band has received the tag "Party thrash" from the media. [6] [7] The band's song titles are also comedic, or give nods to their influences such as "Thrashing's My Business and Business is Good", "The Thrashin' of the Christ", "Thrash? Don't Mind If I Do" and "Drunk as Shit".


Current members
Former members
Municipal Waste (band)


Studio albums
Music Videos
Contributed tracks to
TitleDate of releaseLabel
Super Sabado Fest Comp 12"2003Six Weeks Records
Dark Thoughts - A Tribute To C.O.C.2003Rabid Dog
Teenagers From Uranus (DVD)2005Day By Day
Thrashing Like a Maniac2008Earache
Teenage Time Killers 2015

Awards and accolades

Loudwire Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017Amateur SketchMetal Song of the YearNominated

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