Fans of Municipal Waste and Napalm Death are going to want to lace up their boots at the news about the pair uniting in music for a sure to be exciting fall run. When you add the legendary SOIA to the mix well, this is going to be madness. Read down below the colorful poster for the full press release and dates. I’ll return at the end with some closing editorial thoughts.
The Press Release:
Richmond, Virginia’s MUNICIPAL WASTE are jumping on the road with UK grindcore band NAPALM DEATH for a co-headlining US Tour! The 17-date trek will kick-off in Dallas on October 3rd and visit New York, Chicago and Denver before ending on October 23rd in Los Angeles. Opening the night are New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL and hardcore punk/thrash metal band TAKE OFFENSE.
MUNICIPAL WASTE’s Tony Foresta comments, “Ohhh, I’m exhausted. I’ve been on this street a thousand times. It’s never looked so strange. The faces…so cold. In the distance, a child is crying. Fatherless…a bastard child, perhaps. My back aches…my heart aches…but my feet (stops to look at feet)…my feet are resilient! Thank God I took off my heels, and put on my… HIMALAYAN WALKING SHOES! Also this tour is going to rule. Yes! ”
MUNICIPAL WASTE are touring in support of their highly successful sixth studio album, Slime And Punishment. The album marked the band’s highest first week sales as well as debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top New Artist / Heatseekers chart, #5 on the Current Hard Music Albums chart, #9 on the Independent Albums chart, and came in at #44 on the Top Current Albums chart. The band also landed at #75 on Canada’s Hard Music chart and #180 on the Top Current Albums chart. Check out the video for the album’s title track “Slime And Punishment,” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fisQsjU5gvE
General Admission tickets are now on sale!
The Tour Dates:
10/03/2019 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live*
10/04/2019 Austin, TX – Mohawk*
10/05/2019 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall*
10/06/2019 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
10/07/2019 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*
10/09/2019 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
10/10/2019 Croydon, PA – Neshaminy Creek Brewery
10/12/2019 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
10/13/2019 Worcester, MA – Rock N Shock Festival
10/14/2019 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
10/16/2019 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
10/17/2019 Chicago, IL – Metro Friday
10/18/2019 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10/19/2019 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
10/20/2019 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/22/2019 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/23/2019 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom %
* = plus REVOCATION, VOIVOD, PSYCROPTIC, SKELETAL REMAINS, CONJURER
# = plus DROPDEAD; % = plus EVILDEAD
Equipped with a crushing sound that will implode both your soul and skull, speed metal masters and Richmond Virginia locals MUNICIPAL WASTE barrel back onto the scene with their latest piece of toxic detritus Slime And Punishment! Their long awaited return has breathed a new life into this modern speed metal crossover project that was initially birthed in 2000. Being their sixth release, and their second on Nuclear Blast Records, it is no surprise the level of artistic freedom and creativity that was seamlessly pushed into this album.
Slime And Punishment is the first WASTE album engineered by bassist Phil “Landphil” Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA. Mixing and mastering was completed by Bill Metoyer (u.a. SLAYER, W.A.S.P., LIZZY BORDEN, DARK ANGEL) in Hollywood, CA.
ABOUT NAPALM DEATH: NAPALM DEATH’s enduring impact on the world of sonic savagery began in earnest in the late 80s, when the band’s first two albums – Scum (1987) and From Enslavement To Obliteration (1988)– refined and redefined the notion of brutality and velocity in the worlds of punk, hardcore and metal. Endorsed by legendary and much-missed DJ John Peel, the Brummie grindcore pioneers have released a relentless slew of groundbreaking and fearless albums that have consistently punched holes in the heavy music world’s perimeter fence, espousing an indestructible credo of creativity and lyrical fire along the way. Albums like Smear Campaign (2006), Time Waits For No Slave (2009) and Utilitarian (2012) have proved beyond doubt that while their creators remain firmly at the forefront of the grindcore scene, they are also increasingly capable of expanding the boundaries of their own sound while exhibiting an undying passion for incorporating the most unimaginably intense and perverse fresh elements into their otherwise remorselessly fast and furious blueprint. With the release of their fifteenth and most recent studio album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, the undisputed Gods of Grind shattered preconceptions and redefined what it means to be truly extreme all over again.
While grind purists may point to those earliest records as evidence of the band’s significance, it is the tireless and terrorising exploits of the now classic line-up of vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway, bassist Shane Embury, guitarist Mitch Harris and drummer Danny Herrera that have cemented NAPALM DEATH’s status as extreme music legends. Now, the band is currently in working on their forthcoming release and follow up to 2015’s Apex Predator – Easy Meat, which is slated for a 2020 release.
ABOUT SICK OF IT ALL: New York City hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL aren’t slowing down with age, the long-standing quartet are still pissed off, and the genre stalwarts still see many years ahead. SICK OF IT ALL remain a beacon of continuity, integrity, and resolve. That’s good news for SICK OF IT ALL fans and the hardcore scene. Since forming in 1986, SICK OF IT ALL have traveled the world many times over, played in front of hundreds of thousands, and released 11 acclaimed full-length albums, the latest of which is the riotous if anthemic Wake the Sleeping Dragon!. That SICK OF IT ALL continue to live by the standards in their original charter isn’t a matter of course, it’s part of their respective DNA. Hardcore is SICK OF IT ALL. “We’re a band that thrives from frustration,” says drummer Armand Majidi. “Aging seems to work well with our message, as opposed to a good-time band who sings about partying all night. There are so many horrible aspects of the world that become more obvious to us year after year, which we didn’t see or understand before, which fuel our frustration every day. We’ve lived long enough now to see through the matrix, and thank goodness we have this band, so we can vent about it.”
ABOUT TAKE OFFENSE: Weathering countless trends and defying all odds, over the past decade Take Offense has established themselves as one of the West Coast’s most prominent hardcore crossover acts. Sonically, Take Offense hits hard, with a sound steeped in late 80’s NYHC tradition, coupled with the distinctively Venice crossover stylings of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and the like.
TAKE OFFENSE manages to both wet the palate of the stodgy old guard, while satisfying the youths’ insatiable lust for hard hitting, mosh riffage. Established in 2005, Take Offense have never been ones to rest on their laurels, and after a handful of EPs, 2011’s landmark full length Tables Will Turn, and a hell of a lot of time on the road with stalwarts such as Terror, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Alpha & Omega, and Rotting Out, the band are set to unleash their latest magnum opus, United States of Mind, on the mighty Reaper Records.
Though TAKE OFFENSE are at a point in their lifespan when many bands shrug their shoulders and crank out half hearted riffs and reheated lyrics, United States of Mind proves the group has the stamina and creativity to push their sound forward without losing touch with their roots. In short, TAKE OFFENSE are one of the most engaging hardcore bands to emerge in recent years, and lucky for all of us, they don’t appear to be going anywhere.
All that’s left is to accept your fate and enter: THE T.O. ZONE
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As someone who leans more to the Symphonic and Power Metal side of the fence, these kind of shows often make me run for my life when I am in the photo pit or on the outskirts of the mayhem inflicting audience. It’s an event experience such as that which makes you realize that you are having a great show. My regional show is at a venue with no “zone” for the photographers, so perhaps I will secure a safe space up above to observe the carnage going on down below me. This is a punch to the jaw lineup that makes absolutely perfect sense together and I wonder what you readers and fans of these bands think about it. Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.
Municipal Waste: https://www.municipalwaste.net/
Napalm Death: http://napalmdeath.org/
Sick Of It All: https://www.sickofitall.com/
Take Offense: https://www.facebook.com/takeoffensecvhc/