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Municipal Waste @ Gramercy Theatre (12/9/2009)

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Artist: Municipal Waste
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Cauldron, Brutal Truth, Phobia
Date: 12/9/2009
Label: Earache Records

Every once in awhile you find yourself hitting a show that while you don’t have the most background on you in terms of the gamut of talented bands, you end up going just the same in hope that you can offer up your take and observe the scene that surrounds the bands that are performing effectively. Such was the case for me with the Municipal Waste show this evening for while a number of my friends have been extolling this bands virtues and discussing their live shows, they were a band that I had not gotten around to enjoying in concert yet myself. The interesting thing was how the whole night would be pretty much of a mystery for me with the exception of the very first band on who would be Cauldron. I knew some of their stuff and remembered one of their members being a part of a band that went away too soon by the name of Goat Horn. The show would also feature Brutal Truth and Phobia and here is how it went.
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“Rise Of The Infidels” by Stormtroopers Of Death

Artist: Stormtroopers Of Death
Title: “Rise Of The Infidels” – EP
Label: Megaforce Records
Release Date: 8/21/2007
Genre: Thrash Metal/Hardcore
Rating: 3/5

For a band that was launched as a side project to their already existing groups the Stormtroopers Of Death or S.O.D. as they are often called, managed to create quite a stir with their debut recording “Speak English Or Die”. With this album the band found themselves making a little bit of music history because they were the first to blend the elements of Hardcore Punk and Thrash Metal into a new blend of sonic assault that was often referred to as “Crossover Thrash”. The members of the group are Billy Milano (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Dan Lilker (bass) and Charlie Benante (drums) and since this time collaborations of this kind are rather commonplace and not always as interesting. When S.O.D. was doing it no one was sure how it was going to be received and given the original premise I am not sure that the band even cared. The songs that they did were fast paced like classic Hardcore and used to some effect the riffs from the growing Thrash Metal scene and made songs like “Pu$$ywhipped” and “Kill Yourself” among their most popular numbers. This EP finds the band reunited and delivering what comes off as the longest EP in music history with its 24 included numbers. It begins with a couple of songs where Milano speaks out against people’s complacency in life as things steamroll over them and also how many are willing to cow down to places like Starbuck’s. He finds amazement at the pricing for what the product is and I guess like Chris Caffery always laments “Starbuck’s pisses him off”. Tracks three and four are the bands chance to cover tunes by Hardcore legends Agnostic Front and Negative Approach. They come out swinging on these tunes and that makes sense since Milano and the guys were always deeply rooted in the original NYHC scene when it was in full-swing.
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“Louder Harder Faster” by Nuclear Assault

Artist: Nuclear Assault
Title: “Louder Harder Faster”
Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Release Date: 10/10/2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 2/5

Formed in 1984 at the onset of the Thrash Metal movement Nuclear Assault was a brutal example of what the genre could do to the ears of the audience. Dan Lilker (originally a member of Anthrax), John Connolly, Glen Evans and Anthony Bramante always aimed to destroy on stage and while not everyone’s cup of tea developed a fan base for years to come and released revered Thrash epics such as “Survive” and “Handle with Care”. Unlike many of their peers who changed and modified their brand of sound over the years, Nuclear Assault never veered from the path and as a result remained high on the list of their most ardent supporters while at the same time losing some who might have grown out of the style they played. This DVD is the first ever for the band and while it includes what seems to be a kick ass set of material the release itself is nothing more than a disappointment. Shot during the “Louder, Harder, Faster” festival in 2005, this DVD of the same name is a terribly produced effort that uses minimal camera angles and a sub-par sound recording. Drums are too loud in the production while vocals and lead guitars are impossible to hear. Lilkers bass seems to cut through and perhaps this was the positioning of the mics while this was being done.
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Nuclear Assault @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (8/26/2005)

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Artist: Nuclear Assault
Venue: Brooklyn Music Terminal (Brooklyn)
Opener: unsigned
Date: 8/26/2005
Label: SPV Records

One of the things I intend to do a little more as the main force behind my own web based magazine, is to open myself up to bands that I never really followed or had a strong level of interest in over the years. Let’s face it, you cannot like everything or find time to see all that is going on around you in the music scene. My chance to do this would come when Nuclear Assault would play at the BMT Club which is also called the Brooklyn Music Terminal. This was my second time here and I was hoping that the slight issues with the space would keep being worked out. Friends of mine loved Nuclear Assault back in the day, but they were never my fancy. To prove that Thrash Metal has not died the guys in the Legendary Nuclear Assault have returned to let you know in the only manner that they know how. On this second visit to the venue in about a one week time period I had to say that this was the perfect venue for the group. In their heyday they were often mainstays at the original L’Amour and most of the guys were neighborhood musicians. Nuclear Assault would be promoting and showcasing some new material from their upcoming release “Third World Genocide” which comes to us courtesy of SPV Records and this will be the bands first release in over 10 years. I admitted a little bit of surprise in the fact that Anthony Bramante (the bands original guitarist) had not come back by this time. I felt that with so many bands reuniting and doing recordings and touring it made me almost expect to see it happen. On “Third World Genocide” guitarist Eric Burke handles the shredding but at this show we would have Karl Cochran handling the duties. Karl is no stranger to performance and has played with Ace Frehley and Joe Lynn Turner. He was excellent at pulling off all of the riffs with relative ease.
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