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Municipal Waste live review – London, Underworld

Thrash pack leaders Municipal Waste pile on a killer party, live at London's Underworld. Read our review here...

Municipal Waste live photo, London

The DUNGEON [7] live experience might be an enjoyable racket, but there’s a lot more to these exciting young thrashers. Imagine young Kreator siphoned through the first Venom album; it’s unashamed full-on energy, and gets the packed crowd moving.

The “Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you up!” chant starts in the audience 20 minutes before MUNICIPAL WASTE [8] come on, and keeps going throughout the performance, but the ferocious fan reaction has always been part of what makes this band so entertaining.

“All I can see is a sea of shoes,” laughs frontman Tony Forester early on, a reference to the constant stream of stagedivers, and having pillars in the venue is no obstacle to a seething circlepit, as the band encourage everyone to use them for leverage. The Waste blaze through the classics, although they do alter the lyrics to I Want To Kill The President to I Want To Kill Donald Trump, to roared approval. Headbanger Face Rip sees Ryan Waste abandon his guitar to join Forester in lead vocals, rap-style, while Beer Pressure and Bangover are sweatily rousing. But it’s the climactic pairing of Sadistic Magician and Born To Party that gets everyone stomping, moshing and hollering. Municipal Waste get the Underworld fucked up!

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.