Formed in 2001 in Richmond, Virginia, Municipal Waste have served as the leaders of the neo-thrash movement that rose to prominence in the mid-2000s.

After headbangers suffered through the '90s metal fallout, finding refuge in metal's extreme branches of grind, death metal, and black metal during the time, the genre's old guard began to reclaim their posts in the new millennium. The Teutonic trio of Kreator, Destruction, and Sodom began delivering fiery and consistent albums which helped resurrect thrash, which had fared miserably commercially, possibly thanks to the huge success of groove and nu-metal during the era.

The time was right for the next generation of thrashers who had been waiting out the storm. While other bands were cropping up, finding inspiration from album and song titles from legends like Exodus and Dark Angel (Bonded by Blood and Merciless Death to name two groups), Municipal Waste weren't content rehashing old tropes (well, save for their caustic crust debut). They quickly became an underground sensation with an affinity for wild live shows, a sense of humor and nickel deposits.

Nearly two decades after forming, fans mention Municipal Waste in the same breath as icons like Testament, Overkill, Exodus, Anthrax, solidifying their status as not only one of the greatest thrash acts of the 21st century, but of all time.

Now, how do their albums stack up? Scroll through the gallery below to find out how we ranked Municipal Waste's albums.

Municipal Waste Albums Ranked