The sixth full-length album by the legendary American Thrash/Groove Metal band.
The album became the first full-length release of the band recorded with the participation of a new vocalist John Bush and the last with lead guitarist Dan Spitz. Notable are significant changes in the style of Anthrax: an album presented to the public mix of familiar and new-fashioned Thrash Metal with the Grunge.
Anthrax replaced longstanding vocalist Joey Belladonna with John Bush (of Armored Saint) and released the surprisingly melodic and predictably pummeling album. Producer Dave Jerden, who had worked with Bush on the last Armored Saint disc as well as releases for Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction, helped Anthrax channel its energy into the shape of the post-Seattle Metal sound. This ostracized some fans and attracted others. "Sound Of White Noise" cudgels the listener like nothing since "Among The Living"; Charlie Benante's drums are everywhere they want to be, a hailstorm of thundering blows backed up by Frank Bello's basslines. The guitars of Dan Spitz and Scott Ian forsake their usual showmanship for a sludgier attack that's downright brutal, although some will miss the solos that were often the highlights of their earlier work. And many enjoy the vocals of Bush; he has a lower-register voice than Belladonna, and the result is menacing, premeditated, and sinister. There are so many good songs on "Sound Of White Noise" that no two fans seem to agree on their favorites. "Only" is the obvious choice, "Invisible" and "Room for One More" are hard to argue with, "Hy Pro Glo" and "1000 Points of Hate" are too hot to contain, and even the cooled-down "Black Lodge" has its admirers.
The infusion of melody into their Metal gives the material a lot more personality than their last effort, "Persistence Of Time", though the lyrics are just as dark. True, "Sound Of White Noise" isn't a peerless, groundbreaking album like "Among The Living" or "I'm the Man", but it does return them to the esteemed state of Metal masters (alongside Metallica and Megadeth) that is their birthright!!
Elektra Entertainment/Warner Communications Inc., 1993 (9 61430-2 elektra). Made in USA. First press. Used: very good.
1. Potters Field 05:00
2. Only — 04:55
3. Room for One More 04:54
4. Packaged Rebellion 06:18
5. Hy Pro Glo 04:30
6. Invisible 06:09
7. 1000 Points of Hate 05:00
8. Black Lodge 05:22
9. C11 H17 N2 O2 S Na (Sodium Pentathol) 04:24
10. Burst — 03:35
11. This Is Not An Exit 06:49
Total playing time: 56:56