Philip Hall - Municipal Waste
The massively aggressive Municipal Waste have a new album out called - 'The Fatal Feast', and those hard partying bastards are currently on tour in the U.S. with 3 Inches Of Blood. They are now signed to Nuclear Blast where thrashing is their business and business is good.
I caught them live in Columbus, Ohio, and was able to speak with their bassist and songwriter the sadistic magician - Philip "Land Phil" Hall. He was a bit wasted and all out of it due to a head injury sustained the night before while playing a sold out show in Chicago.
Nevertheless, we had a great discussion, even delving into forthcoming buds of wisdom concerning the next Cannabis Corpse album. He eventually succumbed to beer pressure and we discussed his new Speed Metal act called Iron Reagan.
Sadly we were cut-off at the end, but if this interview does not thrill you, blame it on bud!
MettleAngel: Hey Man it is good to see you. It has been a few years.
MettleAngel: That sucks, but I promise that we will keep things simple and light and avoid the heavy stuff.
MettleAngel: I agreed to do this interview at the last minute, but I knew it would be worthwhile. Our last meeting if you recall, was in Kentucky at The Mad Hatter (now called Bangarangs) at least four years ago. You were still on Earache back then.
MettleAngel: After hearing the new album, I am inclined to now believe this. You have also put out three Cannabis Corpse albums since then?
MettleAngel: Really? I assume the song titles and lyrics will be totally over the top?
MettleAngel: Are you coming up with some good stuff?
MettleAngel: Well what have you written so far, anything promising?
MettleAngel: What inspires you to come up with those clever song titles? The early material was an homage to Cannibal, but your last album was for both Deicide and Morbid Angel. Those tracks are just so hilarious.
MettleAngel: Do you come up with all the song titles, or do other guys in the band assist?
MettleAngel: That is fucking awsome man! I can already picture the cover and songs. Here is one for you: "Individual Pot Patterns" or "Defensive Personal Seeds". (I began to sing, "One kind divided into three, for everyone a special seed..."
MettleAngel: I am sure that will be killer too. So how is this tour going so far with 3 Inches? You work well with them.
MettleAngel: I know I see it everywhere. I want to congratulate you for signing with Nuclear Blast. Tankard will release their Nuclear Blast debut soon too. I just got their new album - 'A Girl Called Cerveza'. As to be expected the music is awesome, but the lyrics are ridiculous, and they are literally running on fumes.
MettleAngel: That would be awesome, and total drunken debauchery! What a complete Beer Fest! So how did you get John Connolly to join your ranks, and sing on the title track? Are you a big fan of Nuclear Assault?
MettleAngel: I like the video for "Fatal Feast" too. It is really tongue in cheek with everyone flying around with a six pack space ship.
MettleAngel: You also have one for "Cut-Off" which is all animated and looks similar to "SuperJail". That just debuted on Youtube.
MettleAngel: Hell Yeah! What is with the name? You mean Reagan like the dead president? Or is it Iron Raygun?
MettleAngel: 20 songs in a weekend?! What inspired the title of the band name?
MettleAngel: Did you get Ed Repka to assist?
MettleAngel: Is he the one that designed the 'Fatal Feast' cover? You have some cool merch out there tonight.
MettleAngel: It is unique, yeah. What is your take on the new album? I like it a lot, but 'The Art Of Partying' is still my favourite. Also, what is with the band's fixation with Kurt Russell in so many song titles: "Tango & Thrash", "Captain Ron", etc.?
MettleAngel: Damn, I wish he was here! I got into The Waste pretty early on; you guys are definitely responsible for reviving the thrash scene! Along with Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, as you have all been constantly working the clubs that brought back the thrash resurgence. You guys have paid your dues and now truly deserve recognition and acknowlegement.
MettleAngel: I saw that at the merch booth. Are you excited about playing on "The Brutal Barge"? I would love to see Sacred Reich! Some of those bands performing were on the 1st "70,000 Tons Of Metal" cruise. Sanctuary are returning, but they are not really that "Brutal", then again neither are you?
MettleAngel: I hope you get a decent time slot. Tankard played at 5:00 a.m. on the second "70,000 Tons". You should get Cannabis to perform, as they are brutal, and maybe even surprise us with some Iron Reagan songs!
MettleAngel: Thank You Phil! All the best. I am looking forward to the show tonight.
MettleAngel: Dude, go out there and waste 'em all!
See also: review of the album The Fatal Feast