Picks: Municipal Waste, american, Wildspeaker

This week’s trio of Picks recommendations aren’t for fans who don’t like audio violence. From the exaggerated imagery of party thrash to the deliberate evil of blackened drone, there’s something here this week for everyone. Except there’s not. There’s really not.

Municipal Waste
Slime And Punishment
Nuclear Blast
[Spotify]

How to make a Municipal Waste album: combine an unashamed addiction to breakneck speed with irresistible crunch, riffs that can’t be fucked with, maniacal vocals and a ton of fun. Add into the mix some subtle nods to a love of NWOBHM and just enough novelty to represent progress from the last effort, which was already amazing. And that’s it. Slime And Punishment has all the constituent parts that make us love Municipal Waste albums. It sounds like a Municipal Waste album. It’s got banging riffs, played by thrash metal’s most beautiful idiots. What more could we ask for?

american
Violate And Control
Sentient Ruin Laboratories
[Spotify]

Violate And Control is the second album by american, a two-piece from Virginia. Though sometimes billed as sludge, we found that it was the experimental side of the record that really drew us in. Large parts of this album are possessed of an oppressive but absorbing drone, never boring but undeniably difficult. So far, so good. And yet as the record progresses it yields slightly, offering up a foothold here and a ledge there, transforming its latter reaches into a much more palatable affair for those of us who like to get stuck into a rhythm even at the stranger flanks of our taste.

Wildspeaker
Spreading Adder
Prosthetic Records
[Spotify]

For something a little more obviously ‘metal’, our final recommendation this week is for Spreading Adder, the second album by Texan sludge metal outfit Wildspeaker. The ever-present blackened twist lends extremity to this furious collection of frantic riffs and the stomping flourishes that set them off so beautifully. Spreading Adder brings together short, punchy tracks – ‘False Mourning’ perhaps the best of them – with a handful of longer ones that just stretch the same evil over a wider space. In that regard, ‘Cinders’ paves the way for ‘Renewal’, which closes the album with the most expansive song of the lot.

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