What can I say? THE WASTE have done it again with The Fatal Feast - Waste in Space and then some. Now five full length releases into their career and it’s safe to say that the band continue to hone their talents. Picking up where their the aptly titled Massive Aggressive left off, The Fatal Feast is ferocious and crunchy exercise in crossover mastery.
As with any MUNICIPAL WASTE release, the songs shift in varying degrees between different influences within the crossover spectrum such as brutal thrash, chugging hardcore, and melodic punk. However, one major note is how THE WASTE have upped the ante in the prime riffing department as these riffs are just so damn satisfying and rank up there with the band’s best. The other major characterstic that stands out is how the band’s has continued to improve in the songwriting department. Of course the aggression, speed, and heaviness are there but the subtle nuances in the song structures to mix things up and add flavor and charisma are the real keys.
While every member of THE WASTE lays downs excellent performances, unheralded drumgod Dave Witte’s performance is the star. Where other drummers would simply stick the standard beats and fills, Dave adds his style and spice that helps the band surpass the majority. His hyper fast fills and cymbal work are to be appreciated.
And despite the fact the band are often associated with the retro-thrash trend, there is nothing rehashed, dishonest, or tired sounding about The Fatal Feast. This is the sound of a band enjoying the prime of their creativity. (Nuclear Blast Records)