Municipal Waste’s sixth studio album, Slime and Punishment, has been out for a month. Great puns about Russian literature aside, the album is yet another winner from this crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. Crossover thrash? That’s right, crossover thrash, the fusion that occurs when musicians combine thrash metal with hardcore punk. The real news today, however, is not so much the album, but the video these guys released today for their song, “Breathe Grease,” directed by Rob “Whitey” McConnaughy.
Despite a few lineup changes, three things remain constant: Tony Foresta, Ryan Waste, and a constant hankering for the party. Nothing’s new in their video for “Breathe Grease,” which opens in a fancy apartment, featuring a group of four friends making boring smalltalk. The odd man out, who’s already commented on his beer’s temperature, interjects the civilized conversation to deliver a tale of barbarity. The song kicks off as the man says of the party, “it was crazy,” and suddenly the viewer launches into a hard metal musical montage of the party he went to last Saturday.
Step into a room of graffiti, bongs, sexual energy, and heavy power chords. Just around the corner from the guy in yellow sunglasses doing coke off the speakers, there’s a line of men and women chugging beers, huffing paint, and taking acid. Shirtless, tattooed men stand on table tops while onlookers shake up their beers and hose them down. People filter in and out of a room tagged ‘bathroom.’ Though the room is not a bathroom, people’s expressions as they walk in and out suggest a foul smell. The only table in view contains several jars of class A drugs, from cocaine and weed, to alcohol, to a jar made up of equal parts uppers and downers. The feverish atmosphere of the party reflects the pace of the song. People break bottles on their head or against walls. One quiet scene of a man playing a peaceful song on guitar is interrupted by a party goer who smashes the instrument against a wall, apologizes, and walks off. The low budget quality of the film adds to the essence it succeeds to convey. These people, in utter contrast to those at the apartment the opening scene, party as a way of life.
So check out the new video below and be sure to catch Municipal Waste on their Van’s Warped Tour of the U.S., currently ongoing.
07/24/2017 Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
07/26/2017 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO
07/27/2017 Providence Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
07/28/2017 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
07/29/2017 AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
07/30/2017 NRG Park – Houston, TX
08/01/2017 New Mexico State Intramural Field- Las Cruces, NM
08/04/2017 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
08/05/2017 Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA
08/06/2017 Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
Photo Credit: Sharon Alagna