Dead Beats: "Terror Shark" by Municipal Waste
Out of the water, the terror shark!
By M.T. Bates
Need an in-your-face thrash masterpiece about sharks, but don’t have a lot of time? This problem plagues us all, but thankfully, there is an answer to our prayers in the form of Municipal Waste's "Terror Shark" off their Hazardous Mutation album, a song which clocks in at under 2 minutes.
This is without question one of my all-time favorite songs. It is fast and a hell of a lot of fun, with amazing lyrics to boot, and a highly-fitting listen to celebrate the arrival of Shark Week. There is no deep meaning behind this song aside from being "helpless in the water" as "a human buffet." However, for this kind of song, you don’t really want any kind of underlying meaning. You want lyrics depicting bloody feasts from a mighty beast and Terror Shark delivers.
The only problem with this song is that it is too short, but that is how true thrash metal is. In the end, it isn’t really a problem until you get to the quick little solo and you never want that riff to end. This is a novelty song of the highest quality. The lyrics are both comical and haunting, and serve as a warning of sorts. This is truly the king of shark songs.
Municipal Waste is known for their fast novelty metal, primarily singing about alcohol, but they also have a soft spot for '70s and '80s horror, which can be heard in songs like "The Thing," "Mech-Cannibal," "Horny For Blood," "Abusement Park," and "Guilty of Being Tight," which opens up with a sample from Phantasm. When a thrash metal band sings primarily about alcohol and horror, you know you've found something special.