Municipal Waste's fifth album, The Fatal Feast, maintains the band's customary blend of thrash metal and hardcore punk. Vocalist Tony Foresta says that one song, "Covered in Sick: The Barfer," was inspired by his experience blacking out during a college-basketball riot.
The Richmond, Va., band has shared stages with bands ranging from pioneering punk-metal splicers Converge to their current tour mates, the theatrical, gore-slinging GWAR. The bands play the Majestic Theatre on March 26.
The new album features guest contributions from Steve Moore of prog-synth instrumentalists Zombi and hardcore-gone-folk singer Tim Barry. Foresta talked about the record and tour from his home in Richmond.
You've made pretty campy, almost Troma-like videos for your songs. What do you have planned for the video for the title track?
We just got done filming it. It's in outer space, and there's a lot of blood. It's the most over-the-top thing we've ever done, by a long shot. ["The Fatal Feast"] is a cannibalistic space voyage. The crew gets lost and they end up rebelling against their captain. And by doing so, they end up eating him.
Who have you encountered on your previous stops in Wisconsin?
We used to play Madison a lot, but this is our first time back in, I would say, seven years. We used to play shows with this band called Weaving the Deathbag, really cool guys. We used to play with this band called [The Cal Hopkins] Amish Armada. They would dress up like Amish guys.
What did the guest players on the album contribute?
Steve [Moore, of Zombi] did the instrumentals, like the weird, almost horror-movie-theme-sounding stuff. John Connelly [of Nuclear Assault] does the guest vocals on the song "The Fatal Feast," the title track. "Standards and Practices" is Tim Barry from Avail, he sings on that song. It's weird. Not in a bad way, it's just like, wow, Tim Barry's on a metal song.
We have been fans of Zombi for a long time. That's one of the few things that everyone in the band wants to listen to together when we're on a long car ride. It's cool driving music, especially at night.