Municipal Waste is a band that has a sizable following and a nice stack of albums in their back catalog. I didn’t even realize their newest release The Last Rager was only an EP until checking it out myself. But to be honest, based on what they already have and what we’ve got before us, an EP is all that was warranted. What tends to happen with these crossover-types is that they don’t make a change when they should, and it goes stagnant. Slime And Punishment was a good example of making some tweaks subtle enough to matter, but only enough to last one album.
That said, The Last Rager is four tracks, half of which seem innovative enough and half of which we could really do without. “Wave Of Death” was released ahead of the EP, and it’s instrumentally fueled with a stellar solo taking the forefront of everything. The only vocals present are the staple gang-chants of the song title, but this is a very strong tune. “Car-Nivore (Street Meat)” on the other hand couldn’t be any more tired sounding. The verses are painfully phoned-in, and nothing else about this is inspiring. “Rum For Your Life” is rhythm focused, and the riffs easily hold the most weight. And then you have the closing title track, which is nothing removed from exactly what you’d expect.
One would be a fool to go into a Municipal Waste effort and not expect silliness, plays on words, and gang chants. But save for the creative integration on the opener and the booming rhythms on “Rum For Your Life,” this doesn’t hold much of a flame. Yeah, there are only ten minutes of music, so it’s not like this is a huge waste of time. But this isn’t anything that I would go out of my way to get. Huge fan of the band, not a huge fan of this release. Listen to the new Toxic Holocaust instead.
The Last Rager was released on October 11th, 2019, through Nuclear Blast.