So what happens when a band’s riotous reputation catches up with them? Precautionary measures are taken and they - of course - get banished, only this time, it’s into space! When the greedy ship captain hordes the food rations, the crew kicks into survival mode, commit mutiny, and devour their captain skewing the story into a horrific yet fantastic cannibalistic voyage into space that cult movies are made of.
The Fatal Feast, the fifth studio album by Richmond, Virginia’s speed metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE, not only ponders the type of moral dilemma faced in the title track but also tackles earthly issues that consistently plague humanity (“Covered In Sick/The Barfer,” “Repossession,” “Standards And Practices,” “12 Step Program,” “Crushing Chest Wound”). These 37 minutes of new music consolidate the best of everything the band’s got to offer: their utmost respect for headbang-inducing riffs, their trademarked aggression, their tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, and their talent for extracting meaning out of the absurd.
Rising from the squalor of a cursed punk house for their live debut at a New Year’s Eve keg party welcoming in 2001, founding members Ryan Waste and Tony Foresta quickly embraced a DYI ethic to spread the word about their band and graduated to booking shows out-of-state and even in Mexico. After a self-titled EP and the Waste ‘Em All debut album in 2003, bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and former Melt Banana drummer Dave Witte were ushered into the fold. This line-up went on to record three full-length albums for Earache Records (2005’s Hazardous Mutation, 2007’s The Art Of Partying, and 2009’s Massive Aggressive), earning such accolades throughout their career as “MUNICIPAL WASTE do it so well that any track could squeeze comfortably between D.R.I. and Gang Green on a mix tape” from Spin Magazine, “No band sound more authentic,” from Alternative Press, “A gold standard” from Decibel magazine, and “Undeniably the best at what they do,” from Outburn magazine. Visually, the band also delivered, as evidenced by the success of the devil-may-care and often outrageous attitude of their videos which have all become fan-chanted anthems at their live shows. The fact is, no one could argue against MUNICIPAL WASTE’s reputation as the ultimate feel-good party band.
Dedicated to keeping the spirit of the 1980’s cross-over scene alive, it was with their uncontrollable mirth and succinct songs that lead MUNICIPAL WASTE to reap the rewards of their hard work. By the time they signed with new label Nuclear Blast in 2011, they had proven themselves as die-hard road warriors who could tour & perform with bands outside their genre such as Suicidal Tendencies, The Casualties, 7 Seconds, Circle Jerks, Sick Of It All, GWAR, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, and At The Gates and win over their crowds. Here they are 11 years later and their rabid fan base – which includes fans of metal, punk, and hardcore - continues to expand.
With artwork by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design, 2012’s The Fatal Feast is the first MUNICIPAL WASTE album to feature contributions from invited guests. Steve Moore of Zombi penned the intro to the title track and the spacey “Waste In Space,” John Connelly of Nuclear Assault’s vocals grace the album’s title track, and former singer Tim Barry of Richmond punk legends Avail jumps in on “Standards And Practices.”
Aptly hailed as “an interstellar thrashterpiece” by Decibel magazine, MUNICIPAL WASTE’s The Fatal Feast debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Not bad for a band from Virginia, eh? Space may be a noiseless vacuum for amateurs who don’t travel with their own P.A. system, but seasoned veterans of extreme situations MUNICIPAL WASTE always know better than to leave home without it!
Nuclear Assault is an American Thrash / Heavy Metal Band from New York City Formed in 1985 by Dan Lilker & John Connelly
John Connelly - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Erik Burke - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Dan Lilker - Bass & Vocals
Nick Barker - Drums
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Projecting the subtle symphonic sweetness of a pounding jack hammer demolishing all previously established rock foundations, Nuclear Assault first exploded onto the New York City underground music scene in 1985.
Formed by Big Apple thrash metal poster-boy, bassist Dan Lilker, and guitarist/vocalist John Connelly, the band’s original lineup also briefly included guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys. However, lead guitarist Anthony Bramante and drummer Glenn Evans soon were brought into the fold, and the “golden era” Nuclear Assault lineup was set in stone.
Quickly taking the management reigns, Evans began shopping the band’s demo tapes in short order. Following an all-out bidding war between various prospective labels, Nuclear Assault ultimately opted for a deal with indie metal giant, Combat Records.
With the release of its 1986 debut, Game Over, Nuclear Assault cemented an immediate global reputation for possessing impeccable, precision thrash riffs and undeniable, authentic hardcore cred, combined with biting social commentary and an irreverent sense of humor.
Nuclear Assault soon signed with Miles Copeland’s I.R.S. Records and in 1988 the band’s major label debut, Survive, had arrived in stores worldwide. Within three months of its release, Survive sold over 200,000 copies and was planted firmly in Billboard magazine’s Top 200. The music video for the single, "Brainwashed," also became an oft played clip on MTV’s weekly Headbangers Ball program. Now recognized along with Anthrax and Overkill as comprising NYC’s “Thrash Trinity,” Nuclear Assault was tapped as the opening act on Slayer’s 1988 European tour.
1989 saw the release of the band’s crown jewel, Handle with Care. Featuring the popular video singles, “Critical Mass” and “Trail of Tears,” the record spent six months on the Billboard charts and sold nearly 400,000 units. In his AllMusic.com review, critic Eduardo Rivadavia noted, “Handle with Care is a record which stands the test of time as one of the East Coast’s best offerings to the thrash metal genre.”
By the spring of 1990, Nuclear Assault was crushing the international concert market, on tour with such contemporaries as Testament, Exodus and Savatage – packing venues throughout Europe, South America, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. The band’s apex is chronicled and celebrated in its 1990 home video release, Live at Hammersmith Odeon.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼After five grueling years of non-stop recording and touring, Lilker, Connelly, Bramante and Evans found themselves succumbing to the typical rock star/music biz pressures and pitfalls. In short, Nuclear Assault was becoming splintered. Hence, the aptly titled 1991 album, Out Of Order, fell short of fan and label expectations. By 1992, Dan Lilker had left the group and Bramante was dismissed shortly thereafter.
Bassist Scott Metaxas and one-time T.T. Quick guitarist Dave DiPietro were brought on-board for the band’s final I.R.S. album, Something Wicked, in 1993 – with the title track appearing in the motion picture, Warlock: The Armageddon. However, at the conclusion of a successful 1994 European tour, the group soon officially disbanded.
Eight years later, Nuclear Assault’s classic lineup reunited for a handful of shows in 2002 – including appearances at the Metal Meltdown IV festival held in Asbury Park, New Jersey and at the iconic New York City venue, CBGB. A live 2002 concert performance in Massachusetts was recorded and ultimately released as the 2003 album, Alive Again.
Following the brief reunion, Bramante was replaced by guitarist Erik Burke and Nuclear Assault continued to tour at home and abroad – building its strongest fan base since 1990. In 2005, the band released Third World Genocide, its first new studio album in more than a decade. Music critic Greg Prato commented, “(With Third World Genocide) Nuclear Assault has wisely gotten back to basics – thrash metal riffs, brutal drumming and almost hardcore-esque hollering.”
To commemorate its upcoming 30th anniversary, Nuclear Assault is set to reunite again and will release a new album in 2015. The current lineup, featuring Lilker, Connelly, Evans and Burke also will launch a “farewell” world tour that will keep the band on the road through 2016. In the words of Dan Lilker, "We’re going out with a bang!” – a sentiment echoed by Evans. Stand by for the “Final Assault!”
Ink19.com / ChristopherLongShowBizGuru.blogspot.com (September 2014)
￼￼￼￼￼￼- NUCLEAR ASSAULT DISCOGRAPHY -
Game Over (1986) / Survive (1988) / Handle with Care (1989)
Out of Order (1991) / Something Wicked (1993) / Third World Genocide (2005)
Brain Death (1986) / The Plague (1987)
Good Times, Bad Times (1988) / Fight to be Free (1988)
Live Albums and Compilations
Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (1992) / Alive Again (2003) Assault & Battery (1995)
TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences - Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones - TOXIC HOLOCAUST featured blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world. Grind wrapped all of these elements up with a DIY attitude.
From the creator of Beastmaker comes the thunder and lightning to haunt the nation.