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Wasting 'em all since 2001.

Municipal Waste are a crossover Thrash Metal band formed in Virginia in 2000, influenced by other crossover bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.

Their first show was at a Richmond New Year's Eve Keg party in 2000/2001. The band was blamed for inciting a small riot. Following the release of Waste 'Em All, both Andy Harris and Brandon Trache left the band, being replaced by drummer Dave Witte and bassist "LandPhil", both of whom, had since then stuck with the band for almost a decade. Afterwards, they signed onto Earache for Hazardous Mutation.

After a tour with Destruction, they began to work on The Art of Partying, following another tour with The Haunted and spots at Wacken Open Air in Germany and Reading and Leeds Festivals. They also went on the road with Suicidal Tendencies. Coincidentally, they began to hit acclaim with their 2007 effort.


Current members:

  • Tony Foresta - lead vocals (since 2001)
  • Ryan Waste - guitar, backing vocals (since 2001)
  • Philip "Landphil" Hall - bass, backing vocals (since 2004)
  • Dave Witte - drums, percussion (since 2004; see also Discordance Axis and Melt-Banana)
  • Nick Poulos - guitar (since 2015)


  • Municipal Waste(EP) (2001)
  • Waste 'Em All (2003)
  • Hazardous Mutation (2005)
  • The Art of Partying (2007)
  • Massive Aggressive (2009)
  • The Fatal Feast (2012)
  • Slime and Punishment (2017)
  • Electrified Brain (2022)


Unleash The Tropes:

  • Gorn: Pretty much all of their videos have this, especially in "You're Cut Off" and "Fatal Feast".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: "Unleash the Bastards" has this trope in it's lyrics, as the song talks about mechanized killers created for war annihilating everything in it's path, including the ones that created them.
  • Lead Bassist: Hall is a type B and C, being the backing vocalist as well as the Face of the Band for his side project, Cannabis Corpse, due to being the lead vocalist for that band.
  • Lighter and Softer: The lyrics are rather light-hearted and comedic on a comparative scale, though some lyrics on their older material come off as rather disturbing, and are not funny at all.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Death Prank" is their shortest song, being only 11 seconds. Some of the other songs off Waste Em All aren't much longer either, with the total length being less than 20 minutes.
    • The other albums aren't really exempt from this, either.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Guilty of Being Tight"
  • The Stoner: All of them, but especially Phil. "Yeah man, I took down this massive joint with Phil Hall once" is a sentence that you're guaranteed to hear from quite a few metal fans.
    • As noted with Phil's side project Cannabis Corpse, which is literally about weed.