Municipal Waste

Of all the bands currently riding the “New Wave of Thrash Revival” – Warbringer, Bonded By Blood, Evile, and others – Virginia Beach’s Municipal Waste is not just the best, but also the most broadly popular. And it’s easy to understand why; beyond the chunky, metronomic efficiency of guitarist Ryan Waste’s riffs and the in-your-face crossover vocals of Tony Foresta, Municipal Waste boasts a wide-ranging and authentic grasp on the last two decades of hardcore and metal, and puts all that is good about them into recordings and performances. Take, for example, the band’s tourmates: legendary SoCal crustcore punks Phobia, legendary Seattle crossover thrashers the Accused, and Canadian power-metal revivalists Cauldron (who, swear to god, have a song called “Chained Up In Chains” that they introduce with “this is about your girlfriend” … honestly, I’m not sure they’re not a performance art act, they’re so awesome). Each of those bands plays into their niches beautifully; Municipal Waste plays into all of them … drunkenly. All ages. JASON FERGUSON

Tue., Nov. 24, 7 p.m., 2009