INTERVIEW: Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste (June 2017)

INTERVIEW: Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste (June 2017)

Jeffrey Maki
When I first saw Richmond's Municipal Waste thrashing out onstage during the 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour, I thought they had warped straight out of a time machine. Sporting denim vests and patches, bandanas and swinging their hair around the stage, this was something out of 198…
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REVIEW: Municipal Waste - 'Slime and Punishment'

REVIEW: Municipal Waste – ‘Slime and Punishment’

Jeffrey Maki
Review by Jeff Maki —— In a 2012 interview, I asked Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta if he thought the thrash metal resurgence at the time meant the immensely popular '80s subgenre was back for good. He replied that the good bands will stick around, while the shitty ones while disap…
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6 hours agoREVIEW: Municipal Waste – ‘Slime and Punishment’
LIVE RECAP: Sevendust 20th anniversary tour - 06/21/17 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Maryland

LIVE RECAP: Sevendust 20th anniversary tour – 06/21/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland

Greg Maki
LIVE PHOTOS: Sevendust He is Legend Never Your Zero ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- In spring 1997, I was 17 years old and finishing my senior year of high school. Though I had been raised on loud guitars and thunderous drums, I had become disillusioned with a lot of rock music…
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3 days agoLIVE RECAP: Sevendust 20th anniversary tour – 06/21/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland
LIVE PHOTOS: Sevendust - 06/21/17 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Maryland
3 days agoLIVE PHOTOS: Sevendust – 06/21/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland
LIVE PHOTOS: He is Legend - 06/21/17 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, Maryland
3 days agoLIVE PHOTOS: He is Legend – 06/21/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland

Municipal Waste

When I first saw Richmond’s Municipal Waste thrashing out onstage during the 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour, I thought they had warped straight out of a time machine. Sporting denim vests and patches, bandanas and swinging their hair around the stage, this was something out of 1987. I liked it enough, but little did I know at the time that the Waste would go on to jump start a trash metal revival in the late 2000s, with other bands like Toxic Holocaust, Warbringer and Evile emerging. Yes, there were some shitty ones, too, but the good ones have stuck around. And Municipal Waste has stuck around for six albums now. But after its fifth album, 2012’s The Fatal Feast, the band took a five-year hiatus to focus on other projects (the Waste dudes are in a bunch of other bands), but now they’re back to fuck us up with Slime and Punishment (review), a new album of 14 songs and 28 minutes of crossover, skater-thrash metal that has been its trademark since day one.

Speaking of being warped, Municipal Waste is on this year’s Warped Tour, playing with some other metal bands you may have heard of, like Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Emmure and GWAR. As the band made its initial trek from Richmond, Virginia, all the way to Seattle, Washington, by van for the first date of the tour, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki checked in with vocalist Tony Foresta while the guys had stopped to check out Mt. Rushmore. Read the rest of this entry »

Review by Jeff Maki
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In a 2012 interview, I asked Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta if he thought the thrash metal resurgence at the time meant the immensely popular ’80s subgenre was back for good. He replied that the good bands will stick around, while the shitty ones while disappear. And that’s kind of what’s happened. In recent years, I haven’t been seeing many album covers with “Garbage Pail Kid”-style cartoon characters with their eyeballs popping out, oozed in slime, while hanging out at nuclear power pants. There hasn’t been anywhere near as much radioactivity as was present in say, 2007 to 2010. But the good ones indeed stuck around, and the band largely responsible for the revival, Richmond’s infamous, crossover thrashers Municipal Waste, is back five years after 2012’s The Fatal Feast. Read the rest of this entry »

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

LIVE PHOTOS:
Sevendust
He is Legend
Never Your Zero
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Review by Greg Maki
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In spring 1997, I was 17 years old and finishing my senior year of high school. Though I had been raised on loud guitars and thunderous drums, I had become disillusioned with a lot of rock music in the mid-’90s, and had turned to the harsh, industrialized sounds of Nine Inch Nails and the dark theatrics of Marilyn Manson. I remained a regular reader of Metal Edge magazine in those days, however, and while perusing the latest issue one day, a CD review caught my eye. The CD in question was the debut, self-titled release from a quintet out of Atlanta called Sevendust. I wish I could find that review or remember what the critic wrote, because something about it made me take note, made me think this was a band I needed to hear. YouTube and Spotify weren’t even a figment of anyone’s imagination at this point, so the first time I ever heard Sevendust was a short time later when I spotted the CD on a shelf at Circuit City (RIP), went home, popped the disc in my CD player and those unforgettable opening notes of “Black” started me on a journey I’m still on 20 years later. Read the rest of this entry »

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